Ron Asheton, original guitarist for The Stooges, was found dead on January 6.
I love his guitar work on "I Wanna Be Your Dog."
But here's the hawgblawg angle. I remember reading in one of the Incredibly Strange Music volumes--but I can't find the source right now--that when Iggy was rehearsing with Ron Asheton, his brother Scott (drums) and Dave Alexander (bass), he used to put on an album of Bedouin music from the Sinai, to inspire them.
Strange influences...(I hope I can track down the actual source soon.)