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There’s nothing funny to say about the death of Ron Asheton, guitarist for the Stooges. But he was a Rock Snob lodestar, and, indeed, it was an early-’00s conversation with a supercilious Stooges Snob that hatched the concept for doing the original “Rock Snob” feature in Vanity Fair, which led to The Rock Snob’s Dictionary book, which led to the whole Snob’s Dictionary series.

We can take solace in the fact that Asheton, like the New York Dolls’ Arthur Kane, died after a final victory lap–in his case, touring triumphantly with the reunited Stooges after decades of inertia and melancholy. Here’s a mesmerizing (if poor-quality) clip of Asheton spearheading the Stooges’ cover of fellow Michigan native Madonna’s “Ray of Light” at the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.

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