As we celebrate the life of legendary Detroit guitarist Ron Asheton
, 1xRUN is proud to present new collaborative editions from one of Asheton's infamous partners in crime Niagara
blended with the iconic work of Shepard Fairey.
From founding The Stooges
to joining Destroy All Monsters
(and later Dark Carnival
) with Niagara, Ron Asheton is remembered as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. In his partnership with punk-pop revisionist Niagara, the two would shape the future of rock n’ roll and contemporary art simultaneously.
It all began at the University of Michigan, where Niagara played in an experimental noise band with storied artists Mike Kelley
and Jim Shaw
. Strapped for a guitarist, Niagara's then-boyfriend wooed founding Stooges member Ron Asheton to a practice. Asheton was thrilled with the idea and called ex-MC5 bassist Mike Davis
to join them. Now Niagara's band, Destroy All Monsters, had a Stooge and an MC5 member in its ranks. From 1975 to 1984, several international tours would follow alongside The Ramones, The Dead Boys, Thurston Moore, and Dark Carnival would disband in 2009 as the Stooges reunited.
For the first time ever, iconic contemporary artists Shepard Fairey and Niagara have collaborated on two stunning silkscreen editions that pay tribute to the late legend. Available in three distinct color variants, “Let There Be Dark”
and “Tomorrow’s Another Night”
capture Asheton’s unique relationship to Niagara, both musically and romantically, in a whole new light.
"Any day is a good day that pays tribute to Ron's contributions. Thank you, Shepard. Ron would bestow onto you, as he would say, "A hearty handshake." - Niagara
"So stick with me on this…The Sex Pistols were the gateway drug for a lot of good things for me (or bad depending who you ask) including my discovery of the Stooges, because the Sex Pistols covered the Stooges song “No Fun”. The Stooges made a lot of my favorite music, so of course I’m a huge fan of their guitarist Ron Asheton. I’ve also been a big fan since the 90’s of the artist Niagara who makes very stylish, pop-noir paintings with a dark sense of humor and sly wit. What I did not know until maybe 15 years ago, is that Ron Asheton and Niagara, both hailing from Detroit, were romantically and musically entangled! They played together in Destroy All Monsters and Dark Carnival… both great post-Stooges bands. I’ve become friends with Niagara, so we decided to collaborate by both making Ron and Niagara portrait art, which we’d then hand over to the other to enhance/destroy as they saw fit. Today is Ron’s birthday, so we thought we’d share a tease of the print collaborations to come. Bonnie and Clyde were lightweights…Niagara and Ron...the real deal!" - Shepard Fairey
Read our full exclusive interview with Niagara and Shepard Fairey at News.1xRUN.com