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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 11:14 AM
NEVER at a loss for words now is he?!
From the Wall Street Journal

BY TED NUGENT
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the so-called Summer of Love. Honest and intelligent people will remember it for what it really was: the Summer of Drugs.

Forty years ago hordes of stoned, dirty, stinky hippies converged on San Francisco to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," which was the calling card of LSD proponent Timothy Leary. Turned off by the work ethic and productive American Dream values of their parents, hippies instead opted for a cowardly, irresponsible lifestyle of random sex, life-destroying drugs and mostly soulless rock music that flourished in San Francisco.

The Summer of Drugs climaxed with the Monterey Pop Festival which included some truly virtuoso musical talents such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, both of whom would be dead a couple of years later due to drug abuse. Other musical geniuses such as Jim Morrison and Mama Cass would also be dead due to drugs within a few short years. The bodies of chemical-infested, brain-dead liberal deniers continue to stack up like cordwood.

As a diehard musician, I terribly miss these very talented people who squandered God's gifts in favor of poison and the joke of hipness. I often wonder what musical peaks they could have climbed had they not gagged to death on their own vomit. Their choice of dope over quality of life, musical talent and meaningful relationships with loved ones can only be categorized as despicably selfish.

I literally had to step over stoned, drooling fans, band mates, concert promoters and staff to pursue my musical American Dream throughout the 1960s and 1970s. I flushed more dope and cocaine down backstage toilets than I care to remember. In utter frustration I was even forced to punch my way through violent dopers on occasion. So much for peace and love. The DEA should make me an honorary officer.

I was forced to fire band members and business associates due to mindless, dangerous, illegal drug use. Clean and sober for 59 years, I am still rocking my brains out and approaching my 6,000th concert. Clean and sober is the real party.

Young people make mistakes. I've made my share, but none that involved placing my life or the lives of others at risk because of dope. I saw first-hand too many destroyed lives and wrecked families to ever want to drool and vomit on myself and call that a good time. I put my heart and soul into creating the best music I possibly could and I went hunting instead. My dream continues with ferocity, thank you.
The 1960s, a generation that wanted to hold hands, give peace a chance, smoke dope and change the world, changed it all right: for the worse. America is still suffering the horrible consequences of hippies who thought utopia could be found in joints and intentional disconnect.

A quick study of social statistics before and after the 1960s is quite telling. The rising rates of divorce, high school drop outs, drug use, abortion, sexual diseases and crime, not to mention the exponential expansion of government and taxes, is dramatic. The "if it feels good, do it" lifestyle born of the 1960s has proved to be destructive and deadly.

So now, 40 years later, there are actually people who want to celebrate the anniversary of the Summer of Drugs. Hippies are once again descending on ultra-liberal San Francisco--a city that once wanted to give shopping carts to the homeless--to celebrate and try to remember their dopey days of youth when so many of their musical heroes and friends long ago assumed room temperature by "partying" themselves to death. Nice.

While I salute and commend the political and cultural activism of the 1960s that fueled the civil rights movement, other than that, the decade is barren of any positive cultural or social impact. Honest people will remember 1967 for what is truly was.

There is a saying that if you can remember the 1960s, you were not there. I was there and remember the decade in vivid, ugly detail. I remember its toxic underbelly excess because I was caught in the vortex of the music revolution that was sweeping the country, and because my radar was fine-tuned thanks to a clean and sober lifestyle.
Death due to drugs and the social carnage heaped upon America by hippies is nothing to celebrate. That is a fool's game, but it is quite apparent some burned-out hippies never learn.


 
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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 11:19 AM
lol

He's quite the nut. But I do give him credit for staying clean in a time period when that was NOT the norm.

I'm always at a crossroads with guys like Crosby- his feelings towards this era is heartfelt IMHO, but he was also getting LOADED on fatal levels. Granted, he acknowledges these mistakes as well.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 11:23 AM
Wow....don't even know where to begin with that one, so I'll just say "Kill it and Grill it"!



 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 11:40 AM
What I wonder is..... I'm sure the vast majority of people who went/go to Nugent shows are/were doing some kind of drug including alchohol.'specially in the '60's and '70's.
Why is it he felt ok to take their money? And is Ted going to tell me that he didn't indulge in "ramdon sex"?! I guess it's ok if you only drink alchohol.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 11:44 AM
I stand firm with what I read in a music magazine back in the 70's , a Ted interview in which he was quoted " Allman Brothers junkies deserve to die."
Since then, Ted's been on my **** list.

 

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I stand firm with what I read in a music magazine back in the 70's , a Ted interview in which he was quoted " Allman Brothers junkies deserve to die."
Since then, Ted's been on my **** list.
I think when Ted speaks,the only people he hasn't pissed off are hunters and republicans. And I'm not positive about that!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 11:57 AM
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I think when Ted speaks,the only people he hasn't pissed off are hunters and republicans. And I'm not positive about that!




...and I used to be both...

 

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I think when Ted speaks,the only people he hasn't pissed off are hunters and republicans. And I'm not positive about that!




...and I used to be both...
Well when it comes to SOME things,USED to be is just fine and Dandy!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 12:12 PM
Ted has a right to write whatever he wants, just as I have the right to ignore it.Good for him,all clean and sober,now if he could find some compassion and understanding I'll be impressed.

I never liked his music either, does not hit me in the gut,which I think is because it lacks soul.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 12:26 PM
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such as Jim Morrison and Mama Cass would also be dead due to drugs within a few short years


Ted has a faulty memory

Mama Cass Elliott didn't OD.

Heart Attack. she had a weight problem.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 12:31 PM
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such as Jim Morrison and Mama Cass would also be dead due to drugs within a few short years


Ted has a faulty memory

Mama Cass Elliott didn't OD.

Heart Attack. she had a weight problem.



According to Austin Powers, she died of a ham sandwich.






 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 12:37 PM
No complaint here. Nutty guys w/ guns should avoid drugs.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 12:41 PM
Some of those rockers could debate this with Ted except they are dead. While Ted goes to extremes, he does have some valid points. The mindless use of hard drugs is stupid, no matter who you are. Look at all the wasted talents that ODed.

I read another quote from Ted about the ABB. He said those cats could really play but they were too stoned to end the song. Probably a touch of truth there also.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 12:46 PM
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He said those cats could really play but they were too stoned to end the song. Probably a touch of truth there also.



I'm not a Ted fan but that is pretty funny. I laffed.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 01:07 PM
I wonder if ted could remember far back enough into the past, when his music [and I use that term loosely] was relevent.
 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 01:21 PM
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I stand firm with what I read in a music magazine back in the 70's , a Ted interview in which he was quoted " Allman Brothers junkies deserve to die."
Since then, Ted's been on my **** list.



I still say that quote is a load of Bullsh*t...probably "imagined" during a drug induced stupor. LOL !

[Edited on 7/30/2007 by OldDirtRoad]

 

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such as Jim Morrison and Mama Cass would also be dead due to drugs within a few short years


Ted has a faulty memory

Mama Cass Elliott didn't OD.

Heart Attack. she had a weight problem.



According to Austin Powers, she died of a ham sandwich.








Legend. Half eaten Ham sandwich was found in her hotel room, police speculate choking.
No food was found in her trachea at the autopsy

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 01:39 PM
Sorry about that, John. I was kidding about something that really isn't funny! I just remember that line in Austin Powers.


She was a hell of a singer!

 

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I still say that quote is a load of Bullsh*t...probably "imagined" during a drug induced stupor. LOL !



I wish !

 

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Sorry about that, John. I was kidding about something that really isn't funny! I just remember that line in Austin Powers.


She was a hell of a singer!


no problemo

Some folks believe that she really did die of a ham sammich.
Mike Meyers was just playing on that Urban legend.

 

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I guess the ham sammich legend isn't as bad as Ted saying she died of drugs.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 04:48 PM
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Some of those rockers could debate this with Ted except they are dead. While Ted goes to extremes, he does have some valid points. The mindless use of hard drugs is stupid, no matter who you are. Look at all the wasted talents that ODed.

I read another quote from Ted about the ABB. He said those cats could really play but they were too stoned to end the song. Probably a touch of truth there also.


yeah, those tunes from "At Fillmore East" just go on way too long....unlike the concise, economical "Stranglehold". What ws the Smithsonian Institution thinking when they included LAFE in their archives but omitted "Intensity in 10 Cities"?

 

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Some of those rockers could debate this with Ted except they are dead. While Ted goes to extremes, he does have some valid points. The mindless use of hard drugs is stupid, no matter who you are. Look at all the wasted talents that ODed.

I read another quote from Ted about the ABB. He said those cats could really play but they were too stoned to end the song. Probably a touch of truth there also.


yeah, those tunes from "At Fillmore East" just go on way too long....unlike the concise, economical "Stranglehold". What ws the Smithsonian Institution thinking when they included LAFE in their archives but omitted "Intensity in 10 Cities"?


I think Ted may have been commenting on the 45 minutes plus jams. Besides no one from the ABB has ever denied heavy drug use. Not like Ted would be calling them out. Besides depending on when any of these supposed interviews took place (all long ago), you have to remember that Gregg was the "People Magazine Poster Boy Of The Drug Addict". Calling them stoners was hardly rare by anyone including the band themselves.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 05:28 PM
"Intensity in 10 Cities"

My Love Is Like A Tire Iron is a true love song.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2007 at 05:29 PM
One thing about Ted, at least he's consistent. I wouldn't have expected anything less.

Whether he likes it or not, the best song Ted ever played on was "Journey to the Center of the Mind," an obviously drug-referenced song by his original band the Amboy Dukes.

Come along if you care
Come along if you dare
Take a ride
to the land inside and you'll find
How happy life could be
If all of mankind
Would take the time to journey to the center of the mind

Of course, as Jimi Hendrix would say, "Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful..."

 
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