In order to do our cover interview with Mick Jagger, Liz Derringer was forced to cancel plans to spend New Year’s Eve in Cleveland. She did not, however, consider this much of a sacrifice. Liz, who is married to guitar virtuoso Rick Derringer, authored a previous HIGH TIMES story on women in rock (November 78).
It was just a matter of time. The big muckamucks here proclaim this vast policy change to widen the ad base, suck in new readers, take the heat off and all that. No more flip wisecracks about celebrity smack ODs, they tell us. No more stashing wholesale weed consignments in our file cabinets.
I was pissed off with your No Nukes supplement [HIGH TIMES, “Woodstock Nation vs. Nuclear Power,” January ’80]. The source of my irritation is all the bullshit from wealthy rock stars about nukes. Jackson Browne and company tend to overlook that those big corporations they talk about fucking everyone over are the same people who employ them, pay them all that money.
Q: I’d always thought cannabis came to these shores from the Old World with the Jamestown settlers, but while reading about American Indian customs, I found a reference to “Indian hemp,” used as a headache remedy ages before Columbus. Is this true?
When a naive Jewish girl from Brook-lyn meets a group of horny porn actors on the set of Inside Jennifer Wells, the results could be. . . uh . . . quite stiffening —especially when the nice young woman has been hired as a “fluff.” If you don’t know what a fluff is, take heart —when they called me and asked me to be one, I hadn’t the faintest idea what to do.
This month promises great changes for the signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Don't worry if you're not one of these signs! Somewhere in your life you have a little Gemini or Virgo. Maybe you have a Pisces job or a Sagittarius home. In any case, change is coming your way.
Lately a number of people have said to me: "Hey Mr. Connoisseur, how much does a guy like you actually smoke?" When I thought about it I realized that since taking on my heavy responsibility as taster to the nation, my smoking habits had changed.
For years, the possibility that marijuana could be used to combat the nausea that follows chemotherapy treatments for cancer has been under investigation. But cancer patients aren't sitting back waiting for legal permission to get stoned, and underground Good Samaritan networks nationwide are spreading the word...and the dope.
Seeking to end what was then a national epidemic of land-grab swindles, Atty. Gen. Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order July 26,1908, to create the Justice Department's own police force. Critics at the time argued that the Bureau of Investigation, as it was called, could become a secret police used by presidents to abuse their political opponents.
Growers of homegrown pot and various other illicit plants grimaced recently at the announcement by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a radiometer has been invented capable of "deriving accurate indications of ground conditions, such as soil moisture and crop types."
One of New York City's most popular telephone-order pot operations has been put out of business —twice. The "marijuana supermarket," as the media and cops proclaimed it, got busted twice in two weeks early this year. A total of 19 people took the ride to the local precinct where New York's Manhattan South narc squad chortled over their publicity coup.
DAKAR, Senegal—The migration of country people to cities throughout West Africa has, in part, contributed to a "drug problem" so visible that an international conference on drug abuse was recently held in Dakar. Overpopulation, inflation and the ever-increasing desiccation of the Sahel (the semiarid region south of the Sahara and north of the savannah area) have long been recognized as the root cause of West Africa's increasing urbanization; as a result, the cities are overburdened with landless, herdless, newly detribalized nomads who fall prey to every sort of urban malaise.
Philadelphia—Psychotropic drugs, from alcohol to phenobarbitol, may exert subtle physical and behavioral effects on the offspring of pregnant women who take them. Researchers studying the effects of phenobarbital on pregnant rats and their offspring at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Children's Hospital believe they've turned up convincing indications that the effects of drugs on fetal animals may not show up until puberty or even early physical maturity.
Was Former Mexican President Echeverría a Speed Freak?
lishing firm of Little, Brown & Co. for reneging on a contract to write a book about his former boss, Pres. Jimmy Carter. Bourne received an $18,500 advance but is over three years late in delivering the book. • Christopher Lawford, the son of actor Peter Lawford and nephew of Sen.
What lawmen estimate to be the biggest cache of Quaaludes ever confiscated at one time in the United States was found aboard a boat off the southwest coast of Collier County, Florida. The 35-foot sailboat Gypsy MaDonna was having engine problems and listing in waters near Gordon Pass when a sheriff's marine deputy pulled alongside and asked the skipper for the boat's registration.
A California man going through Customs at Miami International Airport collapsed and died after 110 balloons allegedly containing cocaine burst open inside his stomach. The 29-year-old man had just arrived from La Paz, Bolivia, and was taken to a local hospital where the balloons were revealed by X rays.
The annual spring harvest ball continues as Coast Guard patrol boats do-si-do with suspicious shrimpers from the south, Customs agents do the rhumba with persons wearing genuine pot bellies and narcs pin the tail on the coke mules. Here's what was tallied as the band took a break: • 40,000 lbs of pot from the abandoned, burning 65-foot shrimp boat Miss Yucatan, found adrift in a Lake Charles, Louisiana, ship channel; Customs has no leads.
Hash merchants in Europe and the United States are watching events in Southwest Asia with trepidation, fearing that the Soviet military intervention there may disrupt the world's oldest and best hash connection just as Commie purges disrupted production in the venerable Laotian and Vietnamese pot fields.
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Startling new research links excessive milk consumption with juvenile delinquency, according to psychologist Alexander Schauss of Tacoma, Washington. Schauss, director of the Institute for Biosocial Research at City College in Tacoma, based his findings on the study of two control groups of youngsters—chronic juvenile delinquents and nonoffenders.
IF GOD WANTED MAN TO FLY DEPARTMENT: No, this is not Mothman (remember last month's Frazetta cover?). This is just another dreamer with an absurd invention who hopes to become rich and famous (it never happens). But Howard Smith (of Marjoe fame) has assembled a slew of oddball film clips into a hilarious feature-length documentary called Gizmo.
Mick Jagger is more than just a singer in a rock ’n’ roll band. For the 18 years he’s fronted the Rolling Stones he has been one of rock’s most fascinating and mysterious personalities. The Jagger mystique has been fueled in large part by his lyrics, which range from moon-June love plaints to discussions of Faustian mysticism, all delivered in a deft yet offhand manner that makes the singer seem credible in the song.
An excerpt from the memoirs of the man who invented acid (and reinvented reality)
Mystery and Myth
Dr. Albert Hofmann
At the bleak industrial complex of the Sandoz chemical works in Basel, Switzerland, there used to be one extraordinary stained-glass window anomalously fitted into a certain office of the pharmaceutical research wing. The multihued window depicted Asclepius, the Greek deity of the healing crafts, as a youth, receiving instruction from Chiron the centaur (who himself ultimately bestowed his personal immortality to Prometheus, giver to humans of the divine fire of self-illumination).
If Art is outlawed only the outlaws will have art. Art started out in the underground. In caves. Since it was magic, there were times to keep it hidden. But then there were times to flaunt it. Graffiti is as old as writing. The word comes from graffio, Italian for “a scratch.”
In spring a male plant's fancy goes to seed: An emerald passion swelling toward the brief Brisk orgasmic pulse of pollen from the leaf— A mushroom couldn't do it, nor a reed. Hell! Regard the lilies, madam, do they breed With honest lust like this?
Bill Starr is regarded as one of the foremost strength coaches in the nation, having worked with numerous collegiate and professional athletic teams. He has served as a coach on three international weight-lifting squads. A much sought-after speaker on the subject of nutrition as it relates to athletics, he holds clinics and seminars across the nation.
Filling a clay pot with crushed barley and water, an unknown "miracle worker” in Catal Hüyük, Turkey, let the crude mixture ferment before swilling it and staggering off into history on man’s first beer binge more than 6,000 years ago. The second oldest known drug on this planet (mescal beans were being eaten by buffalo hunters in Texas and Mexico 10,000 years ago), beer has since been imbibed by practically every civilization to rise and crumble back into the dust.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Prospects for the discovery of extraterrestrial life have taken a mild jump since last summer's flyby of four of Jupiter's moons by the Voyager 2 spacecraft. One of the moons, Europa, turned out to have what looks like a free-water environment and a geological history that may have been conducive to basic forms of organic life.
Blackjack Counters" Break the Bank During N.J. Casino Experiment
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW jersey—This town's two legal casinos reckon they lost $1.4 million in less than two weeks last winter just by opening their blackjack tables to all comers. Blackjack, or 21, is this country's most popular commercial card game, because it's so simple; and precisely because it's so simple, it’s one of the few games that affords a nimble-witted gambler a sure chance of beating the house odds.
TALLAHASSEE—Circuit court judge Joseph Crowell, 59, has been removed from the bench for abuse of power and general ill-temperedness. The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, in its first successful judge-bouncing in state history, agreed unanimously that Crowell's "pattern of conduct does not comport with the standards of impartiality and restraint required of judicial officers."
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Whlle contraception and abortion have made highly significant inroads against the global population explosion, disease control and sanitation have negated many of these beneficial effects. The world currently has more than 4 billion people on it-an increase of 100 percent since 1930-and 2 more billion are expected by the year 2000.
SANTIAGO—Following the military coup of September 11, 1973, the Chilean private economy has been steadily consolidating into a few powerful hands. A recent study authored by a Catholic University economist and sociologist, Fernando Dahse, takes a deep look into the monopolization of wealth that has occurred during the past six years of Pres.
UNION ISLAND, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES— Prime Minister Milton Cato imposed a nighttime curfew and press censorship here, and asked for aid from the United States and Great Britain after a seven-hour insurrection by native Rastafarians.
Student Violence Alive and Well on Italian College Campus
PADUA, Italy—Violent campus agitation and law-enforcement overkill are still just as rife here as they were anywhere in the world during the late .'60s. Padua's 50,000 university students, in fact, conduct a sort of perpetual campus takeover, with their own rock-and-propaganda radio stations, radical newspapers—and a policy of shooting up instructors and staff who don't go along with them.
LEIXOES, PORTUGAL—"It went down really fast," said Paul Watson after scuttling his 206-foot converted trawler, the Sea Shepherd, right in the local harbor here. "Instead of getting $5,000 in scrap for it, it’ll cost them a half million to get it off the bottom of the harbor."
LONDON—Behaviorists researching the subtle effects that odors exert on human behavior are getting a considerable experimental boost from traditional English swineherds and sex-shop proprietors. Not long ago, scientists at Warwick University isolated a hormone called alpha androstenol, produced by male swine and humans alike, that allegedly attracts females.
KUNMING, CHINA—Foreign educators who opt for two-year teaching contracts inside China have to put up with a considerable wage cut by Western standards ($300 a month tops, which is still thrice again what a Chinese teacher makes), but the experience itself may be well worth it.
TRIVANDRUM, INDIA—Religious intolerance is "not mere opium but poison," submits popular devotional singer Jesudas, whose son will go unbaptized until the Catholic archbishop of Kerala State relents. The archbishop, the Most Reverend Benedict Mar Gregorios, sparked a national uproar when he arbitrarily refused to baptize Jesudas's second son on the grounds that the popular recording artist publicly worships at a Hindu shrine.
South Africa's Neofascists Terrorize liberal Whites
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA—'Terrorists" is the term used in the popular press and government rhetoric throughout white-controlled southern Africa to refer to black-liberation activities of all kinds, from guerrilla warfare to mere political organizing.
Pride Cometh after the Fall Dept.: Former South Vietnamese president Nguyen Van Thieu now says his lads could've pulled it off fighting toe to punji stick with the VC, but all that clumsy Yank ordnance just got in their way. "Without the American presence," he told London reporters, "we could have beaten the Communists.”
Once upon a time the Beatles were cute as buttons, Carnaby Street was in flower and miniskirts made sex seem just around every corner. Even the Rolling Stones were young. In those days Marianne Faithfull was the princess. Ethereal beauty, childlike voice, innocent sensuality—she was the woman in the mid-’60s myth.
There’s been a lot of loose talk about how maybe the Clash might just, out of all the punk/new-wave bands, be the ones to make it through as the band for the ’80s. London drilling (Epic E236328) has taken any “might just” entirely out of the picture.
I wonder what this guy ever saw in Crosby, Stills & Nash. You remember them. Nice high harmonies, pretty melodies. Must have been the money. That kind of music is still raking it in. Of course, so is Neil Young. But he’s done it by leaving the sweet homogenized pop prettiness behind.
It’s been more than two years since the release of Brian Eno’s No New York compilation, which was the world premiere of James Chance and the Contortions. Since then James Chance has changed his name to James White, recorded two albums, fired his whole band, hired a whole new band using the original name, started another version of the band, and that version has also spun off a band that performs with and without Mr. Chance/Mr.
Paul Bowles has gone perhaps further into both psychic and physical aspects of North African desert culture than any other American writer in this century. Bowles has lived in Morocco for years, and his ability to evoke the North African mind, with its irrationality, magical primitivism and violent, hallucinatory desert lyricism, makes these short stories exciting excursions into a radically different mode of seeing, thinking and existing.
Give your party guests their just desserts—hire Baby Cakes Babs to perform her tap-dancing routine dressed like a scrumptious two-tiered cake! Babs is a cross between Ginger Rogers and Betty Crocker, taking the layered look to extremes Diane Keaton only hinted at.