Ted Nugent is one of rock’s most enduring and enigmatic stars. Ask almost any musician, producer, journalist, or superfan about the Motor City madman, and you’re likely to get an interesting response. Almost everyone seems to have a story about The Nuge—and they’re almost all fascinating. In this insider’s guide to the world of Ted Nugent, we take you on a tour of his life and career. But it’s not your average biography; instead, you’ll learn more about the man behind the mohawk with this detailed look at his influences, interests, and inspirations – from his childhood influences to the creation of his own Ted Nugent World Hunting Society (TNWHQ) mansion.
Full Nаmе/Rеаl Nаmе: Тhеоdоrе Аnthоnу Nugеnt
Аgе: 73 уеаrѕ
Віrth Dаtе: 13 Dесеmbеr 1948
Віrth Рlасе: Rеdfоrd Сhаrtеr Тоwnѕhір, Місhіgаn, Unіtеd Ѕtаtеѕ
Неіght: 1.82 m
Wеіght: 79 kg
Ѕроuѕе: Ѕhеmаnе Dеzіеl (m. 1989), Ѕаndrа Јаnоwѕkі (m. 1970–1979)
Сhіldrеn: Rоссо Nugеnt, Ѕаѕhа Nugеnt, Ѕtаrr Nugеnt, Сhаntаl Nugеnt, Тhеоdоrе Тоbіаѕ Nugеnt
Рrоfеѕѕіоn: Аmеrісаn ѕіngеr-ѕоngwrіtеr, guіtаrіѕt аnd роlіtісаl асtіvіѕt
Nеt Wоrth іn 2022: $23 Міllіоn
The Early Influences of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel
Ted Nugent grew up in the 1950s and ‘60s—an era of turbulent political climates and a great time for music. From rhythm and blues to rockabilly and surf rock, there was a wide spectrum of sounds and styles coming out of the music industry during the 1960s. Rock ‘n’ roll was a rebellion of the times, and it was something that Ted Nugent would claim as his own while growing up in Detroit. The Motor City was a breeding ground for rock artists in the 1960s, as record labels like Motown and The Gordy Company rose to fame. But even within the “World’s Loudest City,” Ted Nugent stood out.
Ted Nugent: The Detroit Years
Ted Nugent spent most of his youth in Detroit, where he attended a Catholic school for most of his childhood years. As a young boy, he showed a great deal of promise in art, but it wasn’t until he was 13 that he got his first guitar. Ted’s first guitar was a Silvertone that he saved up to buy with the change he made from collecting soda bottles. He then became an avid reader of guitar magazines, and, by the time he was 16, he was playing in bands.
From Motor City to the Big Screen: Ted Nugent’s Film Career
Following his rise to stardom in the 1970s, Ted Nugent would also make his way to the big screen. He made his film debut in 1977’s “Inside Moves,” playing a minor role as a high school student named “Hot Rod.” But the actor’s career began to take off in the 1980s with appearances in “Hard Times,” “Guns N’ Roses” and “Stormtroopers of Death.” It was in the 1982 martial arts film “The Quest,” however, that Ted made his most famous on-screen appearance. The film starred fellow rocker Shaun Cassidy and featured an original score composed by Ted.
A Tribe Called Quest, Eminem, and the return of The Nuge
Ted Nugent’s career has seen many ups and downs, and in the new millennium, the “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” man seemed out of touch with modern music. But with the release of his 2005 album “Waking and Screaming,” hopes were high that The Nuge would once again find relevance.
The album was a respectable rock record that featured a collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip on the track “Smoking the Wires.” It was also the first time many had heard Ted Nugent’s voice in years. But the record’s most interesting collaboration came when Ted Nugent worked with another member of an infamous Detroit band: Eminem. The two rockers collaborated on a track called “Stormtroopers in Cambodia,” which also became the title of a subsequent documentary.
Ted Nugent has been one of rock’s most influential figures for over 40 years. Although his music has been through many incarnations, one thing has remained the same: the man behind the mohawk is just as fascinating today as he was in the ‘70s. Whether you’re a longtime fan or someone who’s just stumbled across this article, there’s something for everyone. Discover the world of The Nuge with this guide to his life and career.