Before he died, Abbie Hoffman predicted in a HIGH TIMES interview (July ’89 issue) that the ’60s revival would last two more years. Following Woodstock’s 20th anniversary, he said, "There will be a huge remembrance of Kent State... after that, it will be over."
Thank you for the extremely important and realistic article on Adam Katz (Feb. ’90). Deadheads do not believe in fighting fire with fire. When was the last time you saw a Deadhead beat a cop with a club? If the Killer Bees would just drop their clubs this world would be a much more liveable place.
"What we saw during the ’80s was a rebellion against the ’60s lifestyle. The late ’80s are very conservative, much like the early ’60s. I think there’s going to be another counter-culture revolution in the next few years--another rebellion against the status quo."
Ed Rosenthal, at first glance, doesn’t look like a hippie, let alone like the 1989 HIGH TIMES Counterculture Hero of the Year. He has short hair, for one thing. He’s also a successful entrepreneur, self-employed as a writer, publisher, and owner of a mail order business.
As required by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, in January President Bush and Drug Bizarre William Bennett released an update of the National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS), originally issued in September. The revised report claims that "the first four months...have been marked by a number of important and gratifying successes," including Congress’ appropriation of $9.5 billion to carry out the strategy.
Now get this: marijuana doesn't cause the munchies. "Marijuana has not been proven to be an effective appetite stimulant," says the DEA. This statement was made in the DEA's recent rejection of Judge Francis Young's conclusion that marijuana used medicinally can benefit sufferers of numerous diseases.
David Raithel had seen and heard enough. After Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft announced a get-tough-on-casual-drug-users plan, which includes a second-offense proposal that would make smoking a joint a felony, Raithel decided it was time to take action.
Every state has a drug czar who coordinates anti-drug policy. If you have information regarding drug or alcohol use by any of the state drug czars listed below, contact HIGH TIMES or your local newspaper (like David Raithel did--see "Missourian Blows Whistle on Drug Czar").
Charles Eaton, head of New York’s pilot needle-exchange program, heard the news that his program was going to be closed down from a radio report. "They didn’t tell me about it," he says. The program, which was set up to fail, entered its last, sad chapter in February, just after Mayor David Dinkins appointed Woodrow Myers as Health Commissioner.
The State News, Michigan State University’s student newspaper, in the editorial, "Legalize Pot": "Under Zolton Ferency’s plan, all of the Michigan-produced drug would be taxed and fined, like any other substance on the market... If Ferency’s plan is made into law, it would make undercover sales more public, and legal.
"We gotta set up more of these 'smoke-easies,'" said David Peel, referring to the Prohibition-defying atmosphere of "The Pope Smokes Dope," a marijuana legalization benefit held at New York’s Pyramid Club on February 12. Organized by Pope Michael of the Church of the Realized Fantasy (a religious/social organization which uses marijuana in its services) and the 5th Avenue Pot Parade Coalition, the 12-hour event featured live music from Peel and his band, the Lower East Side, an impromptu stand-up comedy routine about legalization by ex-Fug Tuli Kupferberg, and an impressive set by grunge-metal band Buba Zenetti, among others.
Ever since President Bush’s announcement last September that his War on Drugs was going to focus on "user accountability," our office has been swamped with calls from concerned citizens seeking advice and information. New drug-testing programs and Operation Green Merchant have also contributed to the unusual number of calls we’ve been receiving.
The fall of the Russian empire, which started in 1988 and is continuing today, gives most people great hope for the future. The "peace dividend"--money not spent on the military--is considered a solution to the US' crumbling infrastructure and deteriorating social services.
Those wacky Exxonians just can’t keep their oily goop locked tight in their pants. And once the stuff does get loose, they immediately start lying about every aspect of it to anyone who’ll listen. Last year, they dumped on, dissembled and then departed Alaska; more recently they’ve left their indelible mark on a waterway a little closer to (my) home--the Arthur Kill, to be exact, a grotty, 11-mile-long tidal strait that separates NYC’s forgotten borough, Staten Island, from the sylvan shores of New Jersey.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative neurologic disease, marked by periods of remission (few or no symptoms) and exacerbation (an increase in the symptoms). Approximately 500,000 Americans suffer from the disease, whose cause is unknown.
Stay Sick The Cramps (Enigma) Psychohunk Lux Interior and crew do just that with this album, chock full of the trash-obsessed imagery we’ve come to expect from these guys and ghouls: "Bikini Girls with Machine Guns," "The Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon," and "Mama Oo Pow Pow," to name but a few.
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During these passive times, it’s hard to believe that once upon a time in America students closed down campuses, marched en masse for what they believed in, and finally were able to put an end to America’s illegal and despicable war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
Since the abolition of slavery, racism and bigotry have generally had to manifest themselves in America in less blatant forms. Cannabis prohibition laws illustrate again this institutional intolerance of racial minorities and show how prejudice hides behind rhetoric and laws which seem to have an entirely different purpose.
After retirement, Harry Anslinger personally delivered his papers from his 30 years as the world’s top narc to the University of Pennsylvania. From the Anslinger papers and the Washington, DC, DEA Library (containing the old Federal Bureau of Narcotics [FBN] papers and memos), we have this: From 1943 to 1948, Anslinger ordered all his agents throughout the country to watch and keep marijuana criminal files on virtually all jazz and swing musicians, but not to bust them until he could coordinate all the jazz busts on the same night.
Roll Over, Grateful Dead, and Tell Led Zeppelin the News
METALLICA SELECT DISCOGRAPHY
There’s no gimmick about Metallica--what you see is what you get. With the biggest-selling records and best-selling merchandising in metal today, and with virtually every young hard rock fan or band heavily influenced by their sonic attack, they are the prototype for a new generation of rock.
While the current packaging of the psychedelic '60s as another brand of "Our Thirtysomething Generation" nostalgia may help to permanently alienate the best of us from the better part of that decade, on a smaller scale there continues a number of contemporary efforts which further cross-reference today’s youthful integrity with that of its forerunners some quarter of a century ago.
Back in 1986 I was your average, everyday pothead, content to puff away at whatever blew through town. Since my first taste of pot in 1970--some black opiated Vietnamese--I’d made numerous attempts at indoor and outdoor growing. I’ve travelled the world and smoked some of the best, so my northern hometown experiments were more a form of protest than attempts to grow good weed.
Seeds of unknown origin. Early maturing and short dark green, broad leaves. Very large resin heads. A very drugged-out high. I crossed it with a male Skunk #1 from Holland for next year's seeds. Name withheld, Templeton, MA Hash Plant x Northern Lights #1.
COVERT ACTION AGAINST US ACTIVISTS AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT.
In January 1988, the people of the United States learned of a secret nationwide FBI campaign against the domestic opponents of US policy in Central America. Government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that from 1981 through at least 1985, the FBI infiltrated the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and disrupted its work all across the country.
An Endangered Species? In the past two years, the Deadhead scene has exploded in size. Popularity, however, has brought a price. With increasing pressure against free vending, and increasing violence by security forces against Deadheads, this once peaceful scene has some Deadheads longing for the good old days.
A new compilation album brings together the best voices of a new generation in Manhattan's Lower East Side.
In 1983, Lach, a leather-clad, blue-jeaned acoustic guitar player moved to the center of the New York folk scene in Manhattan’s West Village. At the time, Folk City and Speakeasy were the main venues for folk acts, but Lach was too rock 'n' roll for that scene, so he moved to the East Village.
Natural psychedelics and stimulants are no longer hard to find! A full line of these and other legal highs are now available through the mail from Island Spore Company. First, mind-altering Baby Woodrose and regular Hawaiian Woodrose seeds are available. From Betel Nut seeds, (HIGH TIMES, October '88), available in Kava Kava, in root or capsule form, which the Polynesians have used for centuries as an alcohol substitute--with no hangover! The newest addition, "Sensitive Plant" seeds (HIGH TIMES, April ’87), can also be obtained. For more information, write to Island Shore Co., PO Box 8055, Honolulu, HI 96830 or call 1-800-4HOWSIT.
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Stand up for your rights! Vent your frustration with this 100% cotton, durable T-shirt. Available in small, medium, large and extra large; black only. Send check or money order for $14.95 to: Save The Pig Federation, #1 White Dog Road, Box 115, Eudora, Kansas 66025. See their ad on page 66 for more information.
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Back In A Flash
If you like serious rip-rockin' guitar then don’t miss Back In A Flash by Dave Kirby. Now available from Spellbound Productions! Send $6.99 plus $1 for postage and handling to: Spellbound Productions, PO Box 35, Springfield, WV 26763.
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new Hydroponic Porta-Garden
Now you can get the speed and convenience of a hydroponic garden, indoors or out, in a completely portable unit! Dr. Chatelier’s TM new Hydroponic Porta-Garden requires only three square feet of space, and comes complete with a Grodan rockwool slab and enough nutrient for a full two months. Regularly $49.95, Dr. Chatelier's TM is making the Porta-Garden available to HIGH TIMES readers at the special price of $39.95 for a limited time. To order your Hydroponic Porta-Garden call Dr. Chatelier’s at 1-800-553-4643, or see their ad on page 17 for more information.
The big shockola in '80s pop music was the emergence of heavy metal as something other than a sick '70s joke. Shocking at least to us tightassed NYC aesthetes, cocooned and blindered by the insular little Big Apple scene, who woke up one day in 1986 to discover dozens of these headbanging metal bands popping up out of nowhere, filling stadiums easier than most of us filled our jockey shorts.
Pete Bagge, the creator of Neat Stuff, has decided to retire his long running Fantagraphics mag with issue #15. But fear not! Bagge has a new title due out in mid April called HATE! and I’m sure you’ll LOVE it. Meanwhile, check out Studs Kirby (Fantagraphics, $9.95), a collection of stories starring the lovable redneck who makes Archie Bunker look like Mr. Rogers.
Bob Gruen is one of the most prominent rock photographers in the music industry. Recently, his photos of John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and the Sex Pistols were on display at The Gallery at Woody’s. Along with Bob’s incredible photos was artwork by Ron Wood, the Rolling Stone guitarist who’s also co-owner of the gallery.
In the entire history of rock 'n' roll, no one ever arranged three simple chords to exude menace, violence and sleaze as Link Wray has. Born in 1930 in Dunn, N.C. of Shawnee Indian parentage, learning the rudiments of guitar from a local bluesman named Hambone (he’d never learn much more), Link, along with his brothers Vernon and Doug, put together a country combo: Lucky Wray & his Palomino Ranch Hands.