Kim Shattuck, singer and guitarist for L.A. punk rockers the Muffs, has died at 56

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Kim Shattuck, best known as the singer, guitarist and co-founder of long-running L.A. punk trio the Muffs, has died after a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Shattuck was 56.

“We are very sorry to announce the passing of our band mate and dear friend Kim Shattuck,” wrote Muffs members Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald in a Facebook posting.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.