No fun: R.I.P. Ron Asheton
- January 6, 2009 2:13 PM |
- By Arts Online
Illustration by Jillian Tamaki
I stumbled upon some truly sad news on the Billboard site this morning: Ron Asheton, the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of seminal punk group Iggy and the Stooges, has passed away at the age of 60.
While lead singer Iggy Pop receives the most media attention, the Stooges’ numerous groundbreaking hits, including No Fun and I Wanna Be Your Dog, would be nothing without Asheton’s driving, feedback-laden guitar riffs. His contribution to the band eventually landed him in the number 29 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Asheton’s music will be missed. But perhaps this will help expedite the Stooges' inevitable induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- it would be a fitting tribute if they finally make the cut later this month. Until then, I leave you with this vintage Stooges clip:
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