IN THIS MONTH’S HIGH TIMES, YOU’LL NOTICE SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT political issues. Beginning with our cover story, a report on the Great Peace March sponsored by ProPeace, and continuing through our centerspread look at new California artists’ social commentary to our readers’ “Sound Off” column (a protest against Ronzo’s Star Wars plan), it seems as if the temperature of social dissent is rising.
I have lived in Las Vegas, Nev. for 15 years and reading HIGH TIMES for about three years. I always look forward to seeing a quotation in THMQ from my home town but always end up disappointed. I can’t understand it since this has to be a very social-minded town.
Next time you work up a thirst from shakin' and sweatin' at your favorite rock nightspot, don’t order a yuppie potion like Michelob or Rolling Rock. Bop on up to the bar and ask for a Rock ’n’ Roll Beer. This cool brew made its debut in '81 at Blueberry Hill, a pub/ restaurant in St. Louis, and has since expanded to other cities across the U.S. The jukebox logo pictured here is but one of the variations used on Rock ’n’ Roll Beer cans; in ’84 R'n'R Beer inaugurated a “Heroes of Rock ’n’ Roll” series of cans— the first two featured Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis in classic poses.
Bookshelves around the country are bouncing to an epic Battle of the Bands as two musical books face off, cover to cover. It’s poetry vs. power chords, '60s vs. '80s, and heads vs. headbangers as Bob Dylan's LYRICS, 1962-85 (Knopf) talks back to the blast of HEAVY METAL THUNDER (Dolphin/ Doubleday).
Giorno Poetry Systems records continues to put out some of the hippest platters on earth. Latest from GPS is A DIAMOND HIDDEN IN THE MOUTH OF A CORPSE, an album of poetry and music that is the essence of cool. The album combines contributions from the old guard and the avant-garde, including William Burroughs, the John Giorno Band, David Johansen, Hüsker Dü, Diamanda Galas, Sonic Youth and Cabaret Voltaire.
The music of composer Philip Glass has been called "minimalist" by the art crowd, "trance music" by new-age heads, and "sonic thunder" by rockers, all of whom make up the unusually varied audience for this avant-garde musician. His two latest releases illustrate the reasons for his crossover/crosscultural appeal by combining his trademark musical style with epic Oriental subjects.
Laurence McKinney has a dream: he wants to be the first person to manufacture and sell legal organic THC. A far-fetched fantasy in the Age of Reagan? Not really. Unbeknownst to most people, a landmark decision was recently handed down by the FDA approving synthetic THC for use by cancer patients to help combat the side-effects of chemotherapy.
It’s animal skin, it's icon, it’s institution, it’s obsession—and now it’s a book: THE BLACK LEATHER JACKET, by Mick Farren (from Abbeville Press, $19.95). Bound in leatherette and still warm, this 96-page volume of leather treasures (photographed in black and white and accompanied by rich snippets of socio-history) probes the various subcultures and fashions of our favorite fetish.
While thousands across the country gear up for ProPeace’s Great Peace March (see p. 36), a publishing event proves that peace activists are singing out again. WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED is an anthology of protest comics drawn by artists and cartoonists like Sue Coe, Peter Kuper, Wayne White, Stephen Kroninger, and others (many of whom, we’re proud to say, have appeared in the pages of HIGH TIMES).
Some 50 top brass of the Miami police department, and the entire PD of nearby Hialeah, recently "volunteered specimens" in a mass urinalysis binge, to try to determine whether any of them might be into drugs. The mass piss-testing was offered as a "leadership gesture" by the Miami cop brass, to "restore community confidence in the police” after a long series of incidents in which South Florida police officials have been discovered to be aiding and abetting dope dealers.
BACK IN MAY OF 1985, A group of Northeast NORML members approached HIGH TIMES with an idea for a column that would keep NORML (and other marijuana-law reform) activists informed and loosely networked until an organized political arm within NORML could be formed to utilize everyone’s talents, contacts and resources.
March 1 Propeace Citizens action dedicated to abolishing nuclear weapons will begin a 3,235-mile, seven-month hike from the Los Angeles Coliseum to Washington, D.C. Thousands of Propeace marchers will travel the following route: MARCH 1 Depart Los Angeles, Cal.
E’VE WON STEP ONE! The 1986 Oregon General Election Ballot will definitely include the Marijuana Initiative, listed as ballot measure #5. The Oregon Marijuana Initiative (OMI) has qualified for ballot status, and nothing can change the fact that the people of the state of Oregon will be able to vote on whether an individual’s private, personal possession, cultivation and use of marijuana should be legal in that state.
• Every day, letters and phone calls pour into the HIGH TIMES offices, asking the same questions about the rising tide of urine testing. HIGH TIMES has published several articles about this ugly phenomenon in the past, and will continue to expose the cruel and unconstitutional practice as more and more horror stories about its abuse come to our attention.
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. THE WESTERN MASSACHUsetts area, subject of a Highwitness News investigation just two months ago ("Flood of Drugs Hits New England," HIGH TIMES, Jan. '86), has been rocked by two new major dope scandals, one involving four cops and a civilian police department employee, and the other revolving around a former police chief and his son.
WE HAD BEEN LIVING IN GUADALAJARA for a couple of years, for the sake of getting Meryl through medical school in Mexico. By that time we had made enough friends and connections to maintain a discreetly stoned lifestyle in the stuffy little colonia where we rented our house.
opium, morphine, codeine, heroin, methadone, Darvon, Lomotil, Dilaudid, Demerol, fentanyl, etc. • These drugs are all physically addictive and have painful and extensive withdrawal symptoms. Tolerance and dependence develop rapidly.
NOTES FROM THE POP UNDERGROUND is a collection of interviews conducted by PETER BELSITO with several so-called "cult" artists who seem to be on the verge of plunging into the entertainment mainstream. As editor Belsito notes, each interview focuses on "the interviewee’s career from inception to the present," thus giving a whole context to what is often presented in freakish isolation.
Thousands of ProPeace volunteers will march across America from March to November in a giant no-nukes protest
The end of nuclear weapons on earth could just be brought about because of a seven-year-old girl. The girl is the niece of political activist David Mixner, the organizer of The Great Peace March. Mixner says he resolved to do something about the threat of global nuclear annihilation when his niece told him she didn’t have to worry about what she was going to be when she grew up because "she didn't think she was gonna live because of nuclear war."
THE MAX HEADROOM Show, seen in this country on the Cinemax cable channel, is the latest English import to define the future of television now. Max himself is a computer animation-altered talking head, a composite of Ted Baxter, Johnny Carson, and all the blow-dried newsmen who now fill up the tube.
One Sunday night I was cruising along Sunset Boulevard, listening to Springsteen on the radio, just watching the world go by. A Mercedes Benz passed me in the left lane, then slowed down so that I could read the personalized license plate. It said "Movi Biz."
In November, HIGH TIMES interviewed Frank Zappa at his Mayfair Regency Hotel suite where two other anxious reporters (from Cashbox and Playboy) were also awaiting words from the man with the Valley Girl Daughter named Moon Unit. He Had the nerve to be down on both John Lennon and Bob Dylan (has he turned into a bitter pseudo-rock 'n' roller?).
BARRY HANSEN IS A MAN WITH A MISSION. A very weird mission. In this age of increasingly bland, homogenized pop music and play-it-safe radio formats, Barry Hansen wages a never-ending crusade to keep Dementia alive on the airwaves. As Dr. Demento, he transmits the funniest, funkiest, strangest pop music of the 20th century to millions of listeners in 160 radio markets all over the United States and Canada.
EVEN OUTLAWS CAN BE ORGANIZED: THE ZERO ONE Gallery in Hollywood, California made cultural history last fall when it brought together WESTERN EXTERMINATORS, an intergenerational bunch of art punks. Co-curators Bert Ball and Richard Duardo knew this combination of talents—VON DUTCH, ED "BIG DADDY" ROTH, ROBERT WILLIAMS, GEORGANNE DEEN, GARY PANTER and BOBZOELL—would stir up the L.A.
●Time was when everybody who smoked marijuana fit more or less the same general profile. Everybody was mainly young, moderately alienated from straight society, living on a fairly insubstantial income, with a lot o peer-group identification.
Dear Ed, Would there be any advantage to using one of those programmable timers? I’ve heard that a smooth transition between long-day and short-day cycles is better for the plants. Are they really that sensitive? —Blue Ridge Charlottesville, Va.
THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF articles written by Jorge Cervantes, author of the bestselling Indoor Marijuana Horticulture. The series will detail just about anything the novice and experienced indoor grower could want to know about indoor cultivation, from setting up a grow room to bringing in a crop of primo plants.
• THAT’S RIGHT, WE SAID FREE. APPLIED HYDROPONICS, ONE OF THE oldest and most reliable companies in the grow supply business, has just produced an all-new color catalog and equipment guide. Packed with the latest innovations for indoor growers, the colorful diagrams and schematics take you step-by-step through Applied’s extensive selection of state-of-the-art cultivation equipment. Applied has a long-standing reputation for quality and service, to which tens of thousands of satisfied customers can attest. Their rugged, durable products are all backed by a two-year guarantee. With indoor growing experiencing an unprecedented boom (check out our new column, The Great Indoors), a guide to the necessary equipment is indispensible, especially when it’s free. To get your copy, write Applied Hydroponics, Inc., 150 Bellam Blvd., #300, San Rafael, CA 94901, or call toll-free 1-800-634-9999 (415-459-7898 in California). •
GROWING INDOORS FOR FUN AND PROFIT
• INDOOR GROWING IS IN. JORGE Cervantes’ new indoor cultivation column (see page 62) details the combination of factors that have moved the majority of domestic growing inside. (Sinsemilla Tips editor Tom Alexander estimates that sixty percent of America’s pot farming is now done indoors.) For those who are ready to employ the latest in high-tech indoor cultivation techniques, GROWING INDOORS FOR FUN AND PROFIT is an everything-you’ll-ever-need-to-know guide-book. Written by The Farmer in the Sky (who penned last month’s article on UVB lighting), one of America’s leading authorities on indoor cultivation, the book is a must-have for the serious grower. It is the result of years of study of the scientific literature, feedback from growers, personal experimentation and information from industry sources. The book debunks many of the myths that have arisen around the subject of pot cultivation, and offers detailed information on the most sophisticated growing techniques. Growing Indoors is available for $7.50 (postage included) from Hydro-Tech, 3929 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103. •
FOR THE PAST DECADE THE U.S. government has been funding a grow program at the University of Mississippi. The funds are provided through the National Institute of Health (NIH), which funds the garden and chemistry lab to the tune of $500,000 a year.
THE MOST DREADED GOVERNMENT weapon in the crackdown on Northern California sinsemilla growers is not the Rambo raiders from the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) but the legal weapon that allows the United States government to seize the land where pot is grown.
PRESIDENT REAGAN, IN HIS INfamous "Star Wars" speech of March 23, 1983, committed the United States to the development of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). He outlined a system that would strike down attacking Russian missiles before they destroy our cities and military bases.
ALBUMS 1. Squirrel Bait, Squirrel Bait (Home-stead). Brutal melodic punk comin’ straight for your central nervous system from Lexington, Ky. A motherfucker from America’s best label. 2. Yellowman, Galong, Galong, Galong (Shanachie).
RAINY DAY FRIENDS IS A RARITY in the celluloid age of Rocky XIV and Rambo 26—a film that cares. RDF starts with a decidedly depressing, blatantly non-commercial, but nonetheless important premise: an illegal alien’s battle against cancer and an unfeeling hospital bureaucracy, and his concurrent struggle to be allowed to smoke marijuana to alleviate the side-effects of chemotherapy.