Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ron Asheton 1948-2009

Ron Asheton, founding guitarist of the Stooges and immortal rock presence, passed away at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan recently. His guitar-work inspired nearly every punk, noise, shoegaze, metal, rock and alternative band since the late 60's. Led by the inimitable vocalist Iggy Pop and also featuring Ron's brother Scott Asheton (drums) and Dave Alexander (bass), the Stooges created their own language in the lexicon of rock, and providing a much-needed dose of nihilism to the end of the 'Summer Of Love' sixties. The Stooges had recently reformed and toured with Ron on guitar, and they released their 'comeback' LP, 'The Weirdness', in 2007.

Iggy himself has issued a press release that said: "I am in shock. He was my best friend."

R.I.P. Ron Asheton - a true musical legend.

A video of the Stooges in Cincinnati in 1970...

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