Responsible in large part for the rise of punk, metal and alternative music, The Stooges blasted out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the late 1960s to the befuddlement of most of their early audiences. On a quest to invent a new type of blues music, brothers Ron and Scott Asheton teamed up with human firecracker Iggy Pop and friend Dave Alexander. The result was a sonic middle finger that, some 40 years later, landed them in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2009, Ron was found dead in his home, the victim of an apparent heart attack at the age of 60. —Jeff Royer
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