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Ronald Frank Asheton (July 17, 1948 – c. January 6, 2009) was an American guitarist and co-songwriter with Iggy Pop for the rock band The Stooges.

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

The Stooges

Asheton was born in Washington D.C.marker He already had five years of practice on the accordion behind him when he began playing bass guitar at age 10. Asheton was lead guitarist 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. When the Stooges reformed, however, he once again appeared as the band's guitarist.

Other work

Apart from The Stooges, Asheton also played in the bands The New Order (not the UK band New Order), Destroy All Monsters, Dark Carnival, and New Race.

More recently he played with The Wylde Ratttz, a band comprised of some of punk/alt-rock's most renowned and respected musicians. The band included Mike Watt of the Minutemen; J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.; Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth; and Mark Arm of Mudhoney. It contributed a cover version of the Stooges song T.V. Eye to 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 was released 1995. He also appeared in two other films: Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo and Legion of the Night.


Asheton was found dead in his bed by police at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early hours of January 6, 2009, apparently having died of a heart attack a couple of days earlier. Police were summoned to Asheton's house by his personal assistant, who had been unable to reach him for several days. Sonic Youth's album The Eternal is dedicated to him.

Musical equipment

Asheton mainly relied on simple set ups with very few effect pedals.




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 Powertrane

Other contributions
Asheton is credited for helping to write the song "Hit Them Again" on the album Radios Appear (1977) by Radio Birdman, as well as one track that can be heard at the end of the movie Mosquito. Some other tracks Asheton wrote had been recorded by the group "Wylde Rattz", for the original score of the movie Velvet Goldmine, but only one song was featured on the soundtrack (1998), as well as another on Beyond Cyberpunk a Wayne Kramer (MC5) assembled CD compilation (2001).


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