I read today ( in The Sun of all places ) that Ron Asheton, legendary Stooges guitarist, died yesterday, aged 60. What a sad day for rock 'n' roll. Ron was a true innovator and champion of a brutal, primitive style of playing that says more to me than the virtuosity of yer Claptons and Becks ever could. With players like Ron it's all about the feel and self-expression, not fretboard masturbation and ego. And what a legacy he left. Think about it, no Stooges: no Sex Pistols, No Fun. He also cast his shadow over other dealers in distortion like The Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, the list goes on. When I was a young whipper-snapper and played rudimentary geetar in The Death Planet Commandos, we used to cover The Stooges' Search And Destroy and 1969. Two absolute classics which we probably ruined but had a great time in the process. Good Fun.
RIP Ron Asheton.
Soundtrack: The Stooges, of course.