Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Bad News: Ron Asheton, 1954-2009



Ron Asheton, original guitarist for The Stooges, is dead. Where to even start? What can you say about him? It's all right there in that nasty opening riff to "1969", or the harsh, violent stabs of "Not Right". Iggy deserves all the credit he gets, but Ron really needs to be recognized as one of the great punk-ass guitarists of all time. Plus, if you read Please Kill Me, Ron is one of the few people who doesn't come off as a total asshole (certainly you can't say that about Iggy).

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