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Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton Dead At 60

Sad news with the recent death of the hugely influential guitarist Ron Asheton, from Punk pioneers the mighty Stooges.

Ron is a huge loss to the world of music, but the great records he made will live on forever.

Catch the great man in action in two clips below, from either side of the extended  Stooges hiatus!

  • Ron Asheton and the Stooges Perform “TV Eye” And “1970,” Live In Cincinnati, 1970 (a.k.a. “The Peanut Butter Incident”)
  • Ron Asheton and the Stooges Perform “Dirt,” Live In Detroit, 2006.

NPR.org, January 6, 2009

The Stooges stayed together for less than five years, but many punk guitarists taught themselves to play by strumming along to the band’s records. In fact, Rolling Stone named Asheton the 29th most influential guitar player of all time. Asheton’s sound was choppy, distorted and intense. It helped define American punk.

When The Stooges broke up, Asheton tried to get his own record deal, failed, and turned to painting as a sideline, though he said he greatly enjoyed touring with The Stooges when the band got back together in 2006. Asheton died at his house in Ann Arbor, Mich., sometime over the past few days, apparently of natural causes.

Ron Asheton and the Stooges Perform “TV Eye” And “1970,” Live In Cincinnati, 1970 (a.k.a. “The Peanut Butter Incident”)


Ron Asheton and the Stooges Perform “Dirt,” Live In Detroit, 2006.

January 10, 2009 Posted by | Music_Punk, Ron Asheton, The Stooges, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | 2 Comments