Ron Asheton of the Stooges, R.I.P.

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Iggy Pop, Mike Watt and Ron Asheton in Austin, 2007

Guitarist Ron Asheton of the Stooges has died in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the age of 60.  Asheton is a founding member of the seminal punk band, which is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.  Asheton’s riffs on Fun House (1970) and “TV Eye,” in particular, are rock legend.  We saw the Stooges in 2007 at South by Southwest and Asheton (along with his brother, drummer Scott) could still really bring the thunder.   Ron Asheton is truly one of the godfathers of punk.

Report from the Ann Arbor News on Ron Asheton’s death

MP3: “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

MP3: “1969”

MP3: “No Fun” (full version)

MP3: “TV Eye”

MP3: “Down On The Street” (Single mono mix)

MP3: “I Feel Alright” (Single mono mix)

MP3: “Search And Destroy” (Ron Asheton plays bass on this track)

MP3: “Skull Ring”

MP3: “Trollin’ ”

MP3: “Free and Freaky”

Ron Asheton’s MySpace page

The Stooges official website

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