Ron Asheton  

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Ron Asheton (July 17, 1948 – c. December 31, 2008 or January 1, 2009) was an American guitarist and co-songwriter with Iggy Pop for the rock band The Stooges.



He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Asheton was on the Stooges first two albums, and later appeared as bassist for their third, Raw Power, when he was replaced in both instrument and songwriting prominence by The Stooges' new guitar player, James Williamson. With the Stooges reformed, however, he once again appeared as the band's guitarist.

Apart from The Stooges, Asheton also played in the bands The New Order (not the UK band of the same name), Destroy All Monsters, New Race, and more recently with Mike Watt, J. Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.), Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Mark Arm of Mudhoney among others (as The Wylde Ratttz), on the soundtrack for the Todd Haynes film Velvet Goldmine, which starred Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Asheton also acted, appearing with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre star Gunnar Hansen in Mosquito which came out in 1995 as well as in two other films, Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo and Legion of the Night.

Asheton already had five years practicing the accordion behind him when he began playing guitar while he was ten.

He is ranked as number 29 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.


Asheton was found dead in his Ann Arbor, Mi. home of a reported heart attack on January 6th, 2009, having died several days earlier, probably either on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.


With the Stooges

With The New Order

  • New Order (1977)
  • Victim Of Circumstance (1989)
  • Declaration of War (1990)

With Destroy All Monsters

With New Race

With Dark Carnival

With the Empty Set

With The Powertrane


  • He is credited for having given a hand in the process of writing of the song "Hit Them Again" on the album Radios Appear (1977) by Radio Birdman
  • one track that can be heard at the end of the movie Mosquito
  • some tracks had been recorded for the original score of the movie Velvet Goldmine, but only one song was featured on the soundtrack (1998)
  • one track on Beyond Cyberpunk (2001)

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