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Ron Asheton Recalls Stooges’ First Show in ‘Blowing Fuses Left & Right’

Excerpt comes from DVD collecting interviews with Detroit rockers

If you’ve ever wondered what the Stooges’ first show on Halloween 1967 was like, you’ll find that answer and many others about the Detroit music scene of the late 1960s in a new DVD, Blowing Fuses Left & Right: The Legendary Detroit Rock Interviews.

In this 1988 interview excerpt, late guitarist Ron Asheton recalls how his brother Scott played a makeshift drum kit consisting of a snare and an empty oil container during that fateful house party. The Stooges co-founder also remembers frontman Iggy Pop jamming on the Farfisa as funny cigarettes were passed around the room.

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Asheton wasn’t the only one to share fascinating stories with a young New Jersey-reared music fan named Gil Margulis, then 20. During his journey to the Motor City, Margulis – an MC5 fanatic – also sat down for lengthy interviews with band members Rob Tyner (in his last known interview) and Dennis Thompson.

For 22 years, Margulis believed his interviews were lost, until he recovered the videotapes that comprise the DVD in a Garden State attic. A companion deluxe edition of the project adds interviews with Detroit luminaries like one-time MC5 manager John Sinclair, the Rationals’ Scott Morgan and Grande Ballroom owner Russ Gibb. 

Blowing Fuses Left & Right, due out on July 2nd, is available for pre-order here

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