Asheton, left, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack.
What's most hard to believe in this story; that Ron Asheton, an original member of the seminal punk band the Stooges, survived until the ripe old age of 60? Or that it's already been forty, count em, forty years since punk was invented by a few enterprising young men from Michigan?
Asheton's contributions to the vocabulary of modern rock guitar are staggering. Among the riffs to which he can lay claim: "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "No Fun," and "TV Eye." After a multi-decade hiatus from the band, Asheton was called upon when the Stooges reformed with their original lineup to tour behind the Stooges' 2007 release The Weirdness. Rolling Stone counts him as the 29th greatest rock and roll guitarist of all time.