Ned Mudd

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Ned Mudd (born 1952 in Birmingham) is an attorney, musician, poet, and community activist.

In the 1970s Mudd worked as a roadie for the Locust Fork Band.

As an activist, Mudd campaigns for community radio and environmental protection. According to a 1998 article in Sports Afield, he, along with Lamar Marshall and Ray Vaughan have filed more than 90% of the environmental lawsuits in Alabama, seeking to force protection of undeveloped wilderness and reduce pollution. He has scaled back his public activities, but continues to provide consulting services.

As a musician, Mudd may be best known for "f.u.b.a.r. America", an acerbic political rant that led to the unceremonious removal of his Kevorkian Skull Poets from the Spoken Word Stage at the 1996 City Stages festival.

Since 1995 he has contributed music to several documentaries produced by Montana's High Plains Films, which specialized in environmental documentaries. He also releases music under his own Cave Art Records. In 2008, the High Plains Films documentary Libby, Montana was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy award. Mudd contributed music to the film.

Mudd resides in unincorporated Shelby County near the Cahaba River and lives mainly off investment income.


  • Colurso, Mary (August 15, 2008) "Here's the scoop on Ned Mudd and Emmy nod for 'Libby, Montana'." Birmingham News
  • Colurso, Mary (August 24, 2007) "His name is Mudd but films use his music with clarity." Birmingham News
  • Helvarg, David (September 1998) "Alabama's eco-bulldogs." Sports Afield

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