Here's a rare rockstar of the '60s: Ted Nugent has been sober nearly all of his life. And he's been outspoken with his anti-drug and anti-alcohol stances, so much so that he has gained nearly as much criticism as he has praise.
“Mankind: A quality of life upgrade is available to each and every one of you,” he has been widely quoted as saying. “Which means no drugs, no alcohol, no fast food; unless, of course, it's a mallard.”
Born Theodore Anthony “Ted” Nugent on Dec. 13, 1948, Nugent is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He first gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before starting his solo career that yielded hits like “Stranglehold,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Wango Tango,” and “Great White Buffalo.”
While establishing himself as a classic rocker, he also gained a name for his staunch conservative political views and strong advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights. In the 1990s, he became more forthcoming with his declarations that he does not drink alcohol, nor smoke cigarettes or marijuana. In an interview for VH1's Behind The Music, Nugent said this was due to his father's having reprimanded him when he came home smelling of alcohol after a night of drinking.
“At 62, I remain clean and sober and my ponytail remains erect,” Nugent said in 2010.
Nugent also has been an influence on the straight edge movement, whose members don't drink or use drugs.