Scott Asheton, drummer for pioneering punk band the Stooges, dies at 64

March 18

Scott Asheton, drummer for the influential punk rock band the Stooges, died March 15. He was 64.

His daughter, Leanna Asheton, confirmed the death and said the cause was a heart attack. She did not say where he died.

Mr. Asheton was a founding member of the Stooges, who formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Mich. His older brother, Ron Asheton, who was the group’s guitarist, died in 2009. The Stooges released their self-titled debut in 1969.

Although the band wasn’t a commercial success, the Stooges were a pioneering force in punk music. Their raw sound helped inspire the first generation of punk musicians, including Patti Smith, the Ramones and Sid Vicious. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Bandleader Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page that he’s “never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. he was like my brother.”


Drummer Scott Asheton performs in 2007 during the Vegoose music festival in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

After recording three albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Stooges split and Pop went on to a successful solo career. The band reunited for 2007’s “The Weirdness” and last year released “Ready to Die.”

Mr. Asheton was born Aug. 16, 1949, in Washington, D.C., and moved to Ann Arbor as a teenager.

He played drums for other bands, including Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, the group led by former MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith.

Besides his daughter, survivors include his wife, Liz; a sister; and two stepsons.

Mr. Asheton was a fan of poet and writer Charles Bukowski. His daughter said her father’s favorite Bukowski quote was, “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”

— Associated Press

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