The lead singer of the Viletones, an up-and-coming Toronto band, calls himself Nazi Dog. As part of his act, Nazi Dog cuts his arms with broken glass and then swings them around, spattering the front rows with his blood. He has reportedly announced the date, about a year or so from now, when he will kill himself on stage.
After reading Wilson Bryan Key's Subliminal Seduction, I discovered to my shock that High Times has the same subliminal embeddings on its cover as straight magazines like McCall’s and Redbook. The words sex, fuck and others appear very lightly and carefully drawn, so that the conscious mind does not perceive them, but the subconscious takes them in.
This monster joint took six lids, 130 E-Z Widers and three people to roll it. It wound up 2½ feet long, and we needed two hours to smoke it. But no one despaired when it was over. The roach yielded a solid lid and a half. —Name and address withheld The magic mushroom season in Skagit County, Washington, is in full swing this year, and all the prime picking spots are clustered with people.
Q: My old man is turning 30 this winter, and I’m trying to think of something I can give him that he’ll never forget. The problem is, he’s not very interested in “things.” I’ve got about $1,000 put aside, but I’m damned if I know what to do with it.
Fucking species other than human has been cursed and punished with torture and death since prehistoric times. Lust for animals is the outlaw passion, and perhaps rightfully so, since in its cruder manifestations it takes advantage of the easily aroused ardor of dumber creatures.
Until the late Sixties, the distinction between AM and FM radio existed only in an electronic sense. With America's rise to 100-percent tube ownership in the golden age of television, radio abandoned its own live programming in the early Fifties to make way for an intensive play-list format aimed at the car-listening audience.
GUANARE, VENEZUELA—A border war between Colombia and Venezuela has erupted over a 75-by-12-mile strip of multinationally owned marijuana plantations along the Perija mountains. Colombian and American dope farmers here planted some 2,500 acres of pot ready for export, thus bringing the total marijuana crop throughout northwestern South America to a staggering 100,000 acres, according to estimates by the Colombian Justice Ministry.
CARACAS, VENEZUELA—Specially equipped Venezuelan army troops have been airlifted into the border town of Zulia to assist narcotics agents in the marijuana-eradication campaign now being waged on the Colombian frontier. A large contingent of special forces, under the direction of Defense Minister Fernando Paredes Bello, has been ordered to rip, burn or chemically destroy as much marijuana as is possible.
Colombia has shelved indefinitely the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) scheme to eradicate thousands of acres of Colombian marijuana with lethal herbicides banned in the U.S. The attempt to spray Colombia’s northeastern gold belt was somewhat embarrassing to the DEA, which neglected to ship nozzles and hoses required to carry out the aerial bombardment of marijuana fields.
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO—Hundreds of imprisoned Mexicans in the Jalisco State Prison here recently executed 13 inmates who acted as agents of the prison administration. Some 17 American pot prisoners inside the fortresslike penitentiary that holds 2,300 men did not join in the three-day eruption.
BOGOTA—Some 20,000 members of the Kogui, Ijca and Arzario Indian tribes in Colombia have complained of increasing threats and pressures to force them to cede lands for marijuana plantations, High Times has learned. Official estimates suggest that nearly 7,500 acres of land designated as national forest reserve on the slopes of the Santa Marta mountains are already growing cannabis.
TACHILEK, BURMA—The wholesale price of Burmese opium is climbing at the local markets, driven by inflation, stepped up DEA-financed defoliation programs and the disbandment of many jungle-based guerrilla groups who transported raw opium to the Bangkok market.
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA—This small Central American nation that serves as a staging area for marijuana and cocaine shipments to the U.S. busted 833 persons on drug import/export charges in the first six months of 1977. The official Narcotics Department release, printed on stationery embossed with the motto "Drugs Destroy Your Mind," stated that 43 of those arrested were foreigners.
BANGKOK—Thailand contributed another chapter to dope history recently when the government invited diplomats and journalists to witness a costly bonfire. Nourishing the flames were some 283 kilos of heroin, 867 kilos of amphetamines and over 2,500 kilos of freshly made Thai sticks.
BANGKOK—Over 1,000 people a month are being arrested here on suspicion of exporting large quantities of exotic Southeast Asian dope. Most are set free after grueling interrogations, but significant numbers are being held for trial. Many of those currently awaiting trial are alleged members of the Chang K’ai-chen gang, which has been named in the U.S. Congress as one of the largest exporters of Thai sticks and opium for smoking.
SANTA BARBARA—After last fall’s sinsemilla harvest, growers here feel their bounty should be included in the 1978 edition of Ripley's Believe It or Not. “You grow it the same way you grow rosebushes by the seaside,” said one cultivator whose small plot yielded five pounds of pungent seedless dripping with potent resin.
Six days before the release of its four-year, $4-million report on cocaine, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) approved a $117,725 study that dubbed the current state of knowledge concerning the substance “primitive,” according to privileged NIDA memos released to High Times.
A special grand jury has been impaneled in Providence, Rhode Island, to investigate marijuana entering the state. The panel is a response to the seizure of 14 marijuana freighters captured in 1977 with nearly 100 tons of pot destined for New England.
SAN FRANCISCO—The once thriving Big Top marijuana supermarket—for three years an outlet where customers could get anything from $25-per-ounce Mexican to $200 Thai—has been busted by narcs here. Alleged Big Top proprietor Dennis Peron, 31, received a bullet wound in the leg during the nightfall raid on the 11-room Eureka Valley apartment that housed Big Top.
A Virginia court has sentenced a 27-year-old quadriplegic to 21 years in prison for allegedly selling one third of an ounce of marijuana and five "sleeping pills" to a Pittsylvania County undercover narc. Robert Moore, who was unable to carry out the sale because of his crippled arms, allegedly instructed a friend of his to hand the stash to the narc and collect the money.
The comic genius behind the National Lampoon and "Saturday Night Live" talks about dope, jokes, Jesus, Chevy Chase and his new movie "Planet of the Cheap Special Effects"
Like Mark Twain and James Thurber, Michael O’Donoghue is the greatest American humorist of his day, a mastermind of the National Lampoon and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live." Millions laugh at O'Donoghue’s wit, while glamorous actresses, gorgeous models and star-struck groupies fight for this man’s slightest attention, or so he would like people to believe.
And here we always thought they were... In an open letter to the Berkeley Barb, San Francisco's poet laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti suggested that the city's art commission take drastic actions to beautify the city by the bay. Among other proposals, Ferlinghetti advised painting the Golden Gate Bridge gold and tilting landmark Coit Tower.
Want to get rid of superfluous fat? Increase your lung capacity? Make unsightly blemishes fade forever? Try the doctor-tested rejuvenating exercise of the Seventies: chopping wood in the dead of winter. As Thoreau said, "Wood warms you twice."
How can you ever forget the black velvet drape she wore that first cool night in Monte Carlo? Her scent was like a delicious breeze from the hotel garden, full of hibiscus and oleander. Through the parted French doors you could hear the soft hiss of the surf and the faint laughter from the Grand Casino.
Allen Ginsberg: I asked Dr. Hofmann yesterday what his final philosophical conclusion was about LSD. He said he had stopped taking LSD in 1970. Why didn't he continue taking it? He said he had taken it maybe 12 times, but he had learned the experience, and there was no need to go back to that.
Eating marijuana and hashish is not only enjoyable, it's good for you
J. F. Burke
In the Americas we don't think of eating grass except on special occasions in brownies. But in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia hundreds of millions of Hindus and Moslems eat grass as an item of diet. They call it bhang or ganja.
How do you stay so young, sir?" Carl Reiner asks Mel Brooks's 2,000-year-old man. "Exercise. Keeps me alive," comes the answer. "I inhale and I exhale, then I inhale, then I exhale. Then I fall to my knees and pray fiercely for 22 minutes that a ceiling shouldn't fall on me or my heart shouldn't attack me!" He's the only 2,000-year-old around, and long may he wave.
Has the family been telling you to pull yourself up by the bootstraps? It so, you're in the market for real elevator shoes, and the following pictures should give you a lift. Platforms are out, out, out—especially at Customs counters—so these custommade, oh-so practical work boots are just the footwear for smugglers who don't mind sacrificing a little fashion for a lot of profit.
Liquor, women and punk rock aren't all there is to life, There's also TV.
The life and hard-drinking time of Americas foremost punk.
It was a day like any other. I was sleeping it off, happy as a pig in shit, when the poisons in my body declared war and charged up my tracheoesophagus like an armored Panzer division. Before I could duck, cold consciousness was flung in my face.
On safari in pursuit of loco weed, the cocaine of the Dark Continent
A. Craig Copetas
Khat: the cocaine of Africa—the mint green leaf of the shrub Catha edulis—is a way of life in the new nation of Djibouti and the ancient land of Yemen. Grown on large farms resembling old-world tea plantations in Ethiopia’s rainy and embattled southeastern Harrar Province, its rough, bushy plant also thrives in the cool mountains of Yemen, where glossy-eyed Arabs ruminate its invigorating leaf like so many campesinos chewing coca.
Million-dollar jailbait: She must have been a beautiful baby, beacause today she's America's most famous 12-year-old hooker
The most perfect nymphette in all creation has been found—in America. Her name is Brooke Shields. Brooke's hair is elegant brown and clean, her skin pale and puritan, her eyes sinfully blue and her lean body just starting to curve into womanhood.
A multitude of marijuana smoke-ins have sprouted in all nooks and crannies of the nation, impervious to the schemes of an ever-dwindling number of obstinate lawpersons. "We'd like to teach the world to toke in perfect harmony" seems to be the theme of these momentous gatherings, as local chapters of YIP (Youth International Party) and NORML, along with independent Johnny Marijuana-seeds, donate truckloads of golden weed from sea to shining sea.
The East Coast is gaining on the Southern Corridor in bulk pot freight. Narcs are promising-increased vigilance against massive shipments like the 25 tons busted aboard the Honduran vessel Juliana I, caught in the Gulf of Maine and towed to Boston Harbor with its 11 crew members.
While the East Coast basked in the dubious spotlight of intensified narc attention, importers in Florida were busy as ever—and as careless. Huge busts dotted the shores and inlets around Miami, including: • 34,000 lbs: Summerland Key, Fla., boat San Rafael, 2 arrests.
New York investigators have uncovered two major cocaine smuggling operations involving a total of more than 200 pounds of flake. "We have come to the conclusion that the war on narcotics has been won," said Special Prosecutor Sterling Johnson, "not by us, but by the drug peddlers."
A matchbook that costs $1,500? That's exactly right, though difficult to believe for anyone who didn't attend the World Matchbook Collectors Association's annual convention in St. Louis last October, where rare matchbooks traded and sold for amounts ranging from 20 cents to the above-mentioned figure.
Young El Paso mechanic Tom Ogle, awaiting a patent on his system for raising V-8 fuel economy over 100 miles per gallon, has turned down a $25 million offer from Shell for the idea in favor of mass-marketed do-it-yourself kits. "Too many inventions that could benefit the people get bought out and put on a back shelf," says Ogle, who on the advice of his attorney describes the setup only as a 300-pound, half-inch-thick gas tank in the trunk, which heats and pressurizes it so it can be injected directly into the cylinder without a carburetor.
The Sioux Indian nation has become the latest tribe to sue the federal government for lands taken in violation of treaties. In announcing the action filed with the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C., Oglala Sioux leader and American Indian Movement head Russell Means said that his people claim all of North and South Dakota, Nebraska and parts of Montana and Wyoming under the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868.
The Ramones have harnessed desire and frustration and overwhelming rage into one concentrated shot of delirium purified in a blue flame. Onstage they are litmus confetti falling on hopping meteors, resulting in partial deafness. I have never seen them turn in a bad show—on the contrary, their sound is a drug; you're caught up in the frenzy or you're dead.
What do you do with a novel called Nightwing (New York: Norton, $8.95) that combines some of the best elements of Jaws, Dracula and The Plague into a crisp, chilling and cynical narrative tinged with psychedelic datura root and the ghost of Don Juan?
Boots available in "Jud Boule's Boot Shop at Texas" a East 60th Street, New York, New York. Die with a pair of these boots on, partner, and most likely it'll be from too much cocaine, country music and chicken-fried steak. Our featured Lone Star leathers aren't for shit kickin' at Uncle Buck's dude ranch or wetback snipin' along the Rio Padre.
Seems the Coca-Cola company spent half its last 90 years cranking out clever promo items touting their energizing swill, among them a series of hors d'ouvres trays featuring Hollywood stars like Maureen O'Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller of Tarzan fame. Nowadays, the original trays cost almost as much as a gram of Peruvian flake, so when Cathi and Roy saw a chance to grab a whole warehouse of reissues in mint condition, they jumped at it. Now they hope you will. The trays do make dandy cleaning and chopping boards. Only $15 from Cathi and Roy's Favorite Toys, Box 30512, Seattle, Washington 98103.
Cathi and Roy's Favorite Toys
The mysteries of ancient Egypt have been captured in a Texas brim. Plunk one of these Pyramid hats on your head, partner, and you'll be looking as sharp as a Tut and humming "Home, Home on the Nile." Keeps the scalp as fresh as a carrot in a crisper, improves your trigger finger and locates loose ladies at the Armadillo World Center. Comes in silver or brown. All this cosmic power for $35, plus $2.50 for shipping costs (Texas folks add 5 percent sales tax) from Pyramid Hat Company, 1508 Indiana Street, Houston, Texas 77006.
Cathi and Roy's Favorite Toys
It's outrageous the way some people think they're buying coke, when they're really buying Pepsi. Or worse—mannitol, lactose, dextrose, inositol, quinine, procaine, amphetamines, codeine, morphine, heroin, benzoic amino acid, mescaline or even talcum powder. The Hot Box is designed to detect all these cuts by heating or toasting a small sample of the advertised product and then recording the temperatures at which its components melt, thus indicating the precise composition of your purchase. Probably the most effective and simplest test ever devised for cocaine outside the pharmaceutical laboratory, the Hot Box retails for $179.50 from Third Eye Instruments, 208 West Canon Perdito (the canyon of perdition?), Santa Barbara, California 93101.
Cathi and Roy's Favorite Toys
Just what the doctor ordered! Made of durable plastic, these nifty 7-, 9-, 12-, 16-and 20-dram (1 dram = ⅛ fluid ounce) vials are designed to hold your favorite "prescription", forever if necessary. Featuring a Pin-Lock cap, and virtually unbreakable, each container is approved by the U.S. Pharmacopoeia to be airtight, light, safe, child-proof and totally inert. Available in amazin' amber and white, the M.D. Stash is sold at 50, 60, 75, 95 and 100 cents, respectively, in your local headshop or by mail from the Eldorado Trading Company, 1840 Commerce Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301.
Cathi and Roy's Favorite Toys
American ingenuity has done it again: to wit, produced the Weed Feeder drip-watering system, undoubtedly the most complete such item on the market. The Weed Feeder's precision timer, pump and water/fertilizer reservoir allows the home grower to water and feed simultaneously and automatically. The system can be left alone for over two weeks. A brain-bending bargain at $65 from Autogrow, P.O. Box 5068, Kent, Washington 98031.
To the uninitiated this is a photo of three Bowery bums, but one of them is superpunk Legs McNeil. Guess which one? Anyway, Legs, the Resident Punk at Punk magazine, recently spent a month cleaning up his alcoholic act in a mental hospital. He tells his tear-jerking story in "Drying Out."