RON ASHETON (The Stooges) – Great Guitarists Born July 17th 1948

Posted: July 18, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Today’s the birthday of Ron Asheton of The Stooges, Ron formed the Stooges along with Iggy Pop and his brother, drummer Scott Asheton, and bassist Dave Alexander. Asheton, once ranked as number 29 on the list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Times,  if you feel the need to run put on one of the band’s classic albums, we  understand that completely. In fact, we should even encourage it.

By 1967  Ron Asheton was jamming with his brother Scott and friend Dave Alexander. They were soon joined by James “Iggy” Osterberg who remembered Asheton from the Chosen Few. The “Psychedelic Stooges” played their first show in 1967. In 1968 they were signed to Elektra Records along with the MC5 . He played guitar on and wrote most of the music for their first two albums, the eponymous debut (1969) and the second album Fun House (1970).

Check out these tracks featuring Ron Asheton in some capacity or other. The majority of them are pretty spot on, so prepare to get an rock education!. His raw, distorted guitar work with the Stooges was greatly influential for many punk bands to come. Asheton was found dead in his bed by police at his home in Ann Arbor Michigan in the early hours of January 6th, 2009, apparently having died of a heart attack a couple of days earlier.

After kicking The Stooges’ best-loved song off with a flurry of explosive feedback, this glorious three-note descending riff encapsulates Asheton’s ‘less is more’ style, which without question helped define punk’s early sonic blueprint.

Destroy All Monsters, “Assassination Photograph” (1979): This band came roaring out of Detroit, and although they never found tremendous commercial success, they gained a fair amount of attention as a result of having members of both the Stooges and the MC5 within their ranks at various points.

New Race, “Crying Sun” (1982): These guys were never a studio band, only a live outfit, but when three guys from Radio Birdman teamed up with one of the Stooges and a member of the MC5, you can understand why Warner Brothers found it reasonable to release a live album by the band (THE FIRST AND LAST).

Dark Carnival, “Bloody Mary” (1997): This band was fronted by Niagara, who as many of you likely already know also fronted the aforementioned Destroy All Monsters. As such, it’s none too surprising that Asheton should feature on recordings by both bands

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