Scott Asheton

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Scott Asheton
Also known asScott "Rock Action" Asheton
Born(1949-08-16)August 16, 1949
Washington, D.C., US
DiedMarch 15, 2014(2014-03-15) (aged 64)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, US
Genres Protopunk, garage rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, punk rock, Detroit rock
Occupation(s)Musician, drummer
Years active1967–2014
Labels Elektra, Columbia, Virgin
Associated acts The Stooges, Sonic's Rendezvous Band, Iggy Pop, Sonny Vincent,

Scott Randolph Asheton (August 16, 1949 – March 15, 2014) was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band the Stooges.

The Stooges American punk rock band

The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, were an American rock band formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967 by singer Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton, drummer Scott Asheton, and bassist Dave Alexander. Playing a raw, primitive style of rock and roll, the band sold few records in their original incarnation and gained a reputation for their confrontational performances, which often involved acts of self-mutilation by Iggy Pop.


Asheton was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family at the age of 14. He co-formed the Stooges in 1967 along with his older brother Ron Asheton, Iggy Pop, and Dave Alexander. The primitive sound that Asheton made was a template for many punk bands to come. The original incarnation of the band released two LPs on Elektra Records before moving through several lineup changes, releasing a third LP on Columbia Records in 1973 and disbanding the following year.

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Ron Asheton American musician

Ronald Franklin Asheton was an American guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter with Iggy Pop for the rock band the Stooges. He formed the Stooges along with Pop and his brother, drummer Scott Asheton, and bassist Dave Alexander. Asheton, once ranked as number 29 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time is currently ranked at number 60.

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During the Stooges' separation he was among the few ex-members to play again with Pop, with the mini-reunion occurring during a 1978 European tour. [1] Asheton also played drums with Scott Morgan in different bands, among which were the Scott Morgan Band, Scots Pirates and most notably Sonic's Rendezvous Band. [2] [3] He also recorded extensively with Sonny Vincent, playing drums on four full studio albums along with Captain Sensible on bass, as well as making special guest appearances on other Vincent releases. In addition to recording with Sonny, Asheton toured the U.S. and Europe with Sonny and Steve Baise (on bass) of the Devil Dogs. The Stooges reformed in 2003, and remained active until 2016, releasing a fourth album in 2007. Following the death of Ron Asheton, the group worked later with guitarist James Williamson. Other than Iggy Pop, Asheton was the only consistent member of the Stooges after the death of his brother, guitarist Ron Asheton, in 2009.

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After the Hellfest Festival show of June 17, 2011, he went into temporary retirement from live duty. He was replaced by Larry Mullins (a.k.a. Toby Dammit), who had played in Iggy Pop's band in the 1990s. [4] He died of a heart attack in March 2014 at the age of 64. [5] [6]

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  1. European Tour 1978 with Iggy Pop: from Gary Rasmussen's clippings at the website.
  2. Collaboration with Scott Morgan, in between Stooges incarnations: Scott Morgan Music website.
  3. Asheton's involvement Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine in the "Dark Carnival" project: review at website
  4. Andy Greene (September 1, 2011). "Stooges' Scott Asheton recovering form illness and Iggy Pop on James Williamson | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  5. Ratliff, Ben (March 18, 2014). "Scott Asheton, Drummer in the Stooges, Is Dead at 64". New York Times.
  6. Andy Greene. "Iggy and the Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dead at 64". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 17, 2014.

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