Stooges’ drummer Scott Asheton ‘drove the sound of the band’

Judging from the outpouring of emotion from fans and peers over the death of Scott “Rock Action” Asheton Saturday night, it would be hard to tell that his band the Stooges were nearly ignored during their initial run in the late 1960s.

The 64-year-old drummer, whose unrelenting beats drove the unimaginably influential Ann Arbor-born band and helped invent punk rock, died Saturday. Along with his late brother Ron and singer Iggy Pop, Asheton helped transform youthful petulance into high art and push the boundaries of rock ’n’ roll to someplace exciting and dangerous.

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About brianjbowe

Brian J. Bowe is a veteran journalist, author, and educator whose work examines the interplay of journalism and culture in multiple settings. Bowe earned his Ph.D. in Michigan State University’s Media and Information Studies program, where he was named the 2013 Outstanding Ph.D. student. His research interests include media framing, the media’s agenda setting function, and news coverage of Muslims. His research has appeared in top-tier journals such as Public Understanding of Science, International Communication Gazette and American Behavioral Scientist. In 2010, he co-produced the award-winning short documentary The Death of an Imam. He also co-authored and served as assistant coordinator of the Social Science Research Council-funded project Migrations of Islam: Muslim-American Culture in the 21st Century. Bowe has written extensively about music. He is the author of Judas Priest: Metal Gods, The Ramones: American Punk Rock Band and The Clash: Punk Rock Band. All three books are part of Enslow Publishers’ Rebels of Rock series of young adult biographies. He is the co-editor of CREEM: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine (Harper/Collins), and has written liner notes for releases by Iggy & the Stooges, the MC5 and Was (Not Was). He served as editor of the online resurrection of CREEM Magazine and has published in regional and national publications such as Harp, Blurt, MLive and the Metro Times.
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