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Reviewer: Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent was born on Dec. 13, 1948. He started playing the guitar at age six and was
self taught till later when he had formal lessons. At age 14 he started his first band "The Lourds".
With their popularity at the Michigan state fair, they were given the opportunity to open for the
The Beau Bummels and The Supremes.That same year Nugent, moved to Chicago where he
fronted the band The Amboy Dukes.

When he graduated high school in 1967, Nugent moved back to Detroit, and began
recruiting members for The Amboy Dukes. Within three months, the band signed with
Mainstream records and released their self-titled debut album. The next year, they recieved
national recognition with the single,"Journey to the center of the mind," which reached NO. 8
on the pop charts. In the early 70's the bands 300+ concerts a year didn't stop them from
recording. With the aid of props, wardrobe, pyrotechnics, and live animals, their concerts
approached operatic dimensions. With Nugent's massive popularity and outspoken charm The
Amboy Dukes soon renamed, Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes.

In 1975 Ted Nugent broke away from The Amboy Dukes and started a solo career.
Now recording with Epic Records, he recorded his first solo album, "Ted Nugent", with hits
like, "Stranglehold" and "Hey Baby." In 1977 he released his most successful album to date
"Cat Scratch Fever."

In the early 80's, Ted Nugent's popularity dwindled. After leaving the spotlight for a few
years, he released two pretty successful albums, Penetrator(1984), and Little Miss Dangerous(1986).
In 1989 he teamed up with Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades to form the band "The Damn Yankees."

An avid hunter and political activist, Ted's outspoken thoughts on guns and freedom took a toll on
his success in the 90's. In 1995 he resumed his solo career and released "Spirit of the Wild," in
which he expressed his deeply held political beliefs on hunting and nature.

In the summer of 2000, Ted opened 79 sold-out concerts on the KISS farewell tour. In that
same year he published a book of essays titled," God, Guns and Rock & Roll." Also he
serves on more than two-dozen political and charitable associations, including the NRA
and Mothers against Drunk Driving.

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