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Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton Dead At 60

With The Stooges, Ron Asheton turned the guitar into a carnivorous beast. Robert Mathieu hide caption

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With The Stooges, Ron Asheton turned the guitar into a carnivorous beast.

Robert Mathieu

The Stooges stayed together for less than five years, but many punk guitarists taught themselves to play by strumming along to the band's records. In fact, Rolling Stone named Asheton the 29th most influential guitar player of all time. Asheton's sound was choppy, distorted and intense. It helped define American punk.

When The Stooges broke up, Asheton tried to get his own record deal, failed, and turned to painting as a sideline, though he said he greatly enjoyed touring with The Stooges when the band got back together in 2006. Asheton died at his house in Ann Arbor, Mich., sometime over the past few days, apparently of natural causes.

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