Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent at White House in April 2017.jpg
Nugent at the White House in April 2017
Background information
Birth nameTheodore Anthony Nugent
Also known as
  • The Nuge
  • Motor City Madman
  • Uncle Ted
Born (1948-12-13) December 13, 1948 (age 70)
Redford, Michigan, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • Gun rights and hunting advocate
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active1958–present
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Theodore Anthony Nugent (t/; born December 13, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and political activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock[1][2] and hard rock.[3][4] After playing with the Amboy Dukes, he embarked on a solo career.

Nugent has attracted attention for his often controversial conservative political views, as well as his strident advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights.[5][6] He is a board member of the National Rifle Association and a strong supporter of the Republican Party, and has made a number of controversial and threatening statements against advocates of gun control, in one case having the Secret Service investigate him based on comments about President Barack Obama.[7][8][9][10] Nugent is also known for his stance against drug and alcohol abuse.

Early life

Nugent was born the third of four siblings in Redford, Michigan,[11][12] and raised in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, the son of Marion Dorothy (née Johnson) and Warren Henry Nugent.[13][14][15] As a teenager, Nugent attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois,[16] and for a short time, William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois.[17] His maternal grandparents were Swedish.[18]

Draft status

Nugent grew up in a military family; his father was a career Army sergeant. Nugent himself never served in the military, neither as a draftee nor volunteer, even though he came of age during the height of the Vietnam War. In 1977 and 1990 interviews with High Times magazine and the Detroit Free Press, Nugent claimed he deliberately failed his draft physical by taking drugs, eating nothing but junk food for days beforehand, and defecating and urinating in his pants.[19][20][21]

Nugent denied his defecation story in a 2018 appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience; he asserted that he invented it for his own amusement. He also stated he was eligible for military service and passed a draft physical in 1969[dubious ] and received a student designation rather than a student deferment[clarification needed] several months later while he was attending Oakland Community College, but was not called to service. Nugent further stated that his 4-F rating on Wikipedia was "made up,"[22] despite the fact that the article sourced it to snopes.[19][23]

His Selective Service classification record shows he qualified for student deferments while he attended high school and Oakland Community College. He initially had a draft rating of I-A while not in school, until he failed a draft physical on August 28, 1969. After that physical, he was rated 1-Y ("registrant qualified for service only in time of war or national emergency") until that classification was abolished in 1971. He was subsequently reclassified 4-F, indicating ineligibility for military service under established physical, mental, or moral standards.[19][23]

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