American Masters on PBS: Nutty About the Nuge

Posted on August 16, 2015


Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 3.41.38 PMThe American Masters series and the Jane Goodall Foundation for Excellence in Simian Endeavors join forces for the first time to explore the life and work of musician, pundit, dried animal jerky entrepreneur and unincarcerated pedophile Ted Nugent, a human/orangutan halfbreed, who has had an extraordinary career in the musical arts.

Filmmakers Derek Ben-Duron and Bubbles Littlefinger showcase an in-depth critical re-examination of Nugent’s most iconic tracks, including Jailbait, Wang Dang Sweet Poontang, Big Banana in My Shorts, Tight Spots, Bite Down Hard, Bananas (Part Too), and My Love Is Like a Tire Iron, conducted by several world-renowned musical scholars who expound upon the ‘remarkable achievement’ of Nugent’s artistic canon in light of his heretofore unknown simian lineage.

American Masters — Nutty About the Nuge highlights the milestones in Nugent’s life: his early home-schooled education in the ape cage at the Detroit Zoo, learning how to eat with a fork and speak rudimentary English in the mid-sixties, the eventual discovery of, and subsequent estrangement from, his human father after a chance meeting at a Detroit health food store, and his lengthy career in and around the fringes of American music and right-wing politics.

“We at the Goodall Foundation for Excellence in Simian Endeavors are extremely pleased to partner with American Masters on this film,” said JGFESE Executive Director Bethany Despeth. “Anthony Herman Nugent is an important American artist whose work, until now, has been vastly under-appreciated due to the lack of awareness of his simian genetics. Being showcased on American Masters provides a high visibility platform to share Anthony’s remarkable story and simian artistry with the American public; we hope the broadcast will finally give him the critical recognition that has been long overdue.”

Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. Now in its 29th season on PBS, the series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.

This special presentation of American Masters and the Jane Goodall Foundation for Excellence in Simian Endeavors has been provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation.

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