Catching Up with Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman Behind 'The Music Made Me Do It'

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When Ted Nugent rings Guitar World, it’s just past breakfast time. But the 70-year-old Motor City Madman has already had a full day. “I sat in a freezing fucking tree for four hours this morning, questioning my own sanity!” he announces by way of introduction.

What follows is a characteristically high-energy, high-velocity monologue from Nugent, in which our narrator, perched high in said tree, spots a buck emerging from a swamp on his vast Michigan property. Then, with winds howling and leaves smacking, he takes a sip of hot coffee from his Thermos and raises his bow and arrow to shoot the animal “right through the fucking heart.”

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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.