Iggy Pop talks about the late Ron Asheton

Stooges co-founder found dead last week

Iggy Pop talks about the late Ron Asheton

"As long as I don't think about it, I'm OK," Iggy Pop told a couple of Detroit radio hosts today, discussing Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, who was found dead last week. "And then when I think about it, I'm not OK...He had a beautiful touch as a musician."

In his first interview since Asheton's death, Pop said that Asheton's guitar playing was vastly underrated, but those who got it were greatly affected.

"He developed such a unique sound and approach to his instrument and writing that I don't think that everybody got it at first, but over the years other generations caught on. I think a lot of good musicians were influenced by what Ron pioneered."

"He just said, 'Call me, I really need to talk to you.' From the tone of his voice I knew something really big was up" Pop recalling the phone message to inform him of Asheton's death

Asheton influenced Sonic Youth, Nirvana

Pop said he received the news of Asheton's death when he got a cell phone message from the UK manager of The Stooges. "He just said, 'Call me, I really need to talk to you.' From the tone of his voice I knew something really big was up."

You can hear the entire Iggy Pop interview with Deminski & Doyle here. From Rolling Stone.