US: OPED: The Summer Of Drugs

By Motorhead · Jul 4, 2007 · ·
  1. Motorhead
    [SIZE=+2]US: OPED: The Summer Of Drugs[/SIZE]
    by Ted Nugent, (03 Jul 2007) Wall Street Journal United States

    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, braindead 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.

    Mr. Nugent is a rock star releasing his 35th album, "Love Grenade," this summer.

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  1. Bajeda
    Alcohol is the biggest killer of musicians there is.
  2. El Calico Loco
    Feh. Nugent's just gone senile.

    As for this,

    Or...since correlation is not could be that the same social forces which led to the widespread drug use also led to all the other things he doesn't like. Personally, I suspect the constant state of war since WWII supposedly ended. That, and an entire generation of kids being raised by fathers with PTSD.

    Not that he would be likely to consider this possibilty. I'm sure that war and child abuse only make people stronger and more ethical in his macho, he-man world.

  3. Orchid_Suspiria
    Ah I hate that Nugent moron,I wish he would have an "accident"with one of his firearms.This idiot thinks drugs are wrong but murdering any animal he feels like just for the sheer pleasure is just fine and dandy.I have always hated this redneck and I think perfect justice would be to see him try and go head to head with a hungry polar bear without a gun to help him out:)
  4. grandbaby
    ^Agreed. This article is hardly worth commenting on, except perhaps to say that anyone who believes a word out of the Nuge's mouth deserves what he gets: a life of stupefaction.
  5. Orchid_Suspiria
    I wonder if the Nuge would have given a blowjob to ronnie raygun so he could have headed the "Just Say No"campaign?I'm guessing the answer is yes.If anything yells CLOSET HOMOSEXUAL it is Ted Nugent.
  6. El Calico Loco
    But...he's so...manly. I mean, he kills things. With weapons!

  7. Orchid_Suspiria
    Well he obviously has to compensate for something he is probably lacking;)
  8. enquirewithin
    Funny Nugent looks just like a 'dirty, stinking hippy' himself! I had never thought about Nugent's political views before-- just as well!

    And no doubt wars of aggression are for intelligent people, as is killing animals for fun.

    Well, "Cat Scratch Fever " was a good track-- that's about all.
  9. old hippie 56
    Never was a big fan of Nugent, always thought he was too loud.
  10. tayo
    How old are hippies now? I'm told I am from the wrong generation. If only I had a time machine.
  11. Motorhead
    lol, thats exactly what I was thinking when I read this. I knew nugent was NRA conservative, but I didn't know he was neo-nazi conservative!
  12. Sklander
    People he mentioned who died on drugs, like Hendrix and Joplin, also wouldn't have produced the incredibly deep music they did. Hendrix was quoted as saying "when I play guitart on acid, I don't play notes; I play colors".

    Drugs are an intrical role in today's society as they will be forever.

    There is something wrong with Nugents head. Plus, he sucks.
  13. geophagus
    I tend to agree with this idea. I have actually had a few musicians over the years argue with me on this, and I think some of them either didn't want to admit that drugs have actually helped any artist, or they were just ignorant of the role drugs played with some artist.

    I feel that the positive impact that drugs have had over the years in music, literature, and in fact all the arts has been very underated. I like to point out the positive impact drugs have had on some of my favorite bands like the Stones, or the Beatles for example. Prior to getting involved with drugs their music was simplistic, and really it reminded me of quintescential "top 40" tunes of the time if you will. After getting much more involved with drugs, their music got "incredibly deep" as you put it, and I think that it also began to approach what I would consider to be timeless in nature, especially compared to the stuff which preceeded it.

    The only exception (that I can think of) to the idea concerning the positive impact that drugs have had on an artist would probably have to be Elvis Presley. That's one artist that I feel was better and more talented before getting involved with drugs. However, in fairness to psychedelic drugs, Elvis's decline may have just been a product of prescripton drug use, since he was not known for being into the hippie scene compared to so many of his contemporaries who were using psychedelics.
  14. podge
    Ah , so killing creature's is less cowardly than taking drugs ? Swim think's taking psychedelic substances can potentially be some of the most character building experience's one can have.

    Staring down the barrel of a gun and shooting animal's from a distance is what i call cowardly. Fair enough if one is killing those animal's to survive.....but for fun? And he dare's tell swim whats dispicable about our world.

    As a guitar player swim will have to admit that ted nugent is an alright player.....but there's nothing even remotley special about his technique or style.

    Perhap's if ted had experimented with altered state's of consciousness he might have written some truelly inspiring,creative and moving music. But he hasnt. And more than likely that's why he's truelly pissed off with the drug culture.
  15. Orchid_Suspiria
    Perfect justice would be to let this ignorant redneck run around the woods while people with high powered rifles targeted him.I'm not one to advocate violence but I'd like to see this annoying hillbilly learn how those poor animals he tortures feel.
  16. dbjay417
    SWIM thinks Heroin and Coke have MADE more musical careers than they've destroyed. Most of my favorite songs of the last 40 years were created by artists who were known users. From Ray Charles and Johnny Cash whos drug addictions where so legendary blockbuster films were made, to Elton John and Eric Clapton, and today as the music is recovering from the lull that began with Kurts brains on the wall, we're finally seeing good music emerge again, from none other than artists that celebrate illicit drug use.

    We lost some great ones along the way, but we also have plenty of great ones who could have never done it unless they were so geeked, tweeked, stoned, or dazed, scribbling lyrics frantically or getting lost in chords is all they could do.
  17. Felonious Skunk
    Ted Nugent knows little about politics and human history.

    He knows even less about drugs and their effects.

    He knows the least about music.
  18. Orchid_Suspiria
    Yes he knows alot about drinking it would seem though.Be hard pressed to get this small minded little bastard to admit that that is drug use though.I remember he was on some reallity show on vh1.What I saw was a smallminded,nasty tempered and mean spirited person.Ah like most drunks and conservatives heh?
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