Paul Krassner was the youngest person ever to play Carnegie Hall, having performed the Vivaldi Concerto there in 1939, at age six. Years later, while in college, he made the switch to stand-up comedy. "I kept my violin as a prop," he says. "It had a photo of Marilyn Monroe on the back and a ‘sold’ sign on the neck.
My compliments on your October ’90 issue. I was particularly interested in "Paradise Now! Environmental Living with the Rainbow Family." It deeply disturbs me to see a group of people so dedicated to love, world peace, and environmentalism persecuted by our gun-toting, war-loving establishment.
A trial document filed by Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace in August alleges that: "There will be substantial evidence that Mr. Rodney Dangerfield has severe problems with cocaine, marijuana and alcohol abuse, that he swills vodka by the tumblerful, smokes marijuana from morning to night and is a regular user of cocaine."
HIGH TIMES: When did you first get involved in the cannabis movement? PAUL STANFORD: In 1978, just a week after my 18th birthday. I went to the Washington, DC Smoke-In, which the Yippies organized. A year later, I joined the army, basically for an education.
This year’s NORML Conference--the organization’s 20th annual--began on August 29 with an evening cocktail party and continued into Labor Day weekend, ending on the morning of September 2 with an open-mike session. Overall, the Conference, held at Washington, DC’s classy Court Hotel, was a success.
Two recent US Supreme Court rulings have spurred Oregon State Rep. Jim Edmunson to sponsor a bill that would legalize ceremonial peyote use. In April, the "High" Court refused to grant workmans’ compensation benefits to two Oregon members of the Native American Church who were fired from their jobs as drug counselors after they attended a "peyote meeting" (see "High Court Says No to Peyote," July ’90 HIGH TIMES).
We first heard about Debra Gray of Clarendon, PA when four friends nominated her as a candidate for Freedom Fighter of the Month. They wrote: "Ms. Gray spends her days writing and debating state and local officials, her nights writing papers and researching her subjects [marijuana/hemp, freedom, rights, environment].
The filing of murder charges by the Philippine military against three agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Manila on August 1--for the July 10 killing of three officers--has prompted several Philippine newspapers to question the scope of the DEA’s activities in southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines.
Nevil Schoenmakers, operator of Holland’s Seed Bank, remains in an Australian jail as extradition proceedings which would bring him to the United States continue. Schoenmakers has been behind bars since July 24, when he was arrested at the request of the US government.
This year's Great Midwest Harvest Festival in Madison, Wisconsin attracted 25,000 on September 30. The largest Hemp Tour rally of the season began on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, where Jack Herer set the tone for the rally with his fiery opening remarks.
More and more often, I think I’m making up the news. This terrible disease started during the Reagan years when we began to have government public relations. I got confused about what’s real and what’s imagery. Did Nancy Reagan actually sit on Mr. T’s lap while he was wearing a Santa Claus outfit and kiss him on the cheek--or was that merely a doctored photo on the cover of the National Enquirer?
’Round about the middle of this issue’s on-sale period--December 5, to be exact--eight people will be getting the door slammed shut behind them for two years down in the Arizona desert. Yep, it’s Biosphere II time, as HIGH TIMES readers with intact mid-term memories will recall.
Have no pity for James "Devil Dog" Ellroy. Considering his punk background--dropout, alcoholic, addict, petty criminal, mom a murder victim and pop a womanizing loser--he could’ve easily wound up the scowling star of next week’s America’s Most Wanted.
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Willie Nelson joins the Hemp Tour! HIGH TIMES follows Willie and Gatewood Galbraith as they drive across Kentucky in a car powered by hempseed oil--an historic voyage that garners immense publicity for Gatewood’s campaign for governor.
The bus trip began on June 14, 1964. There were so many different agendas going into the bus trip that it's impossible to say exactly what it was supposed to be. The reality is that it became a metaphor for the carefree (and, at times, careless), hedonistic, authority-challenging, back-to-nature, alternative-seeking qualities of the 1960s.
Cassady did something that changed my life. It was after the Acid Test in Watts. George Walker was parking the bus and Cassady was too messed up to drive. He'd been on the road all driving back from San Francisco, trying to make it to the Acid Test, and didn't get there until it was nearly over and we were packing up and leaving.
What would the original psychedelic bus ride have been like without Neal Cassady behind the wheel? The soul of the Beat Generation gave this voyage the boost it needed to reach truly epic proportions. In 1978, Ken Kesey framed a screenplay about the trip around a fictitious future trial of Cassady’s spirit.
In November 1989, I learned that Juan Negrin planned to make a documentary for Millennium, a Canadian television production company. The subject of the film was to be the Huichol Indians’ annual pilgrimage to collect peyote. My girlfriend and I urgently wanted to get involved.
On March 16, 1988--the day that former two-star general Richard V. Secord was indicted on six Federal charges relating to the Iran/Contra fiasco--he filed libel charges in a civil suit against the recently published book Out Of Control. Published in 1987, Out Of Control detailed much of the relationship between the Contras and drug running.
With songs like "Debbie Gibson's Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child," and "Don Henley Must Die," rock 'n' roll wild man Mojo Nixon gained notoriety and popularity on alternative radio stations and college campuses all over the US. Over the last six years Mojo released five albums and performed countless shows along with side-man, washboard-plunker, Skid Roper.
These are pictures of my third garden. They are G-13 x NL2. I used 4-gallon pots filled with my own medium mix of soil, sand and manure. It was lit by a 1000-watt MH fitted with a conversion HPS bulb during flowering. The garden had two circulation fans and a big exhaust fan.
This month’s High Art takes us into the magical, sacred realm of Pedro Vadhar’s psychedelic cosmology. Vadhar’s paintings are the visual accompaniment to this month’s HT feature on the Huichol Indians’ peyote pilgrimages to Wirikuta written by Alberto Ruz Buenfil (see story on page 39).
Have an exceptional strain of herb you would like to perpetuate? Clone your momma! Here’s how to do it:
POST-OPERATION GREEN MERCHANT MEMO
A Simple Cloning Chamber
The first step to successful cloning is to verify you have a female. This can be done to any plant in the vegetative state by cloning the plant and placing the clone in an environment with 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness per 24-hour cycle. The illustration (below) shows you how to distinguish males from females by observation of the sexual primordia of the plant (the immature sex organs that occur at the nodes).
The US government published these tips on how to grow the marijuana plant--years after pot was made illegal!
What it is
How to grow it Soils and Fertilizers
When to Plant
Varieties to grow
Excerpted from the updated and revised edition of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, written by Jack Herer. This landmark book, originally published in 1985, contains shocking and sensational material about the uses of the hemp plant, and the real reasons it was made illegal more than fifty years ago.
Let your belief in the logic of hemp use for food, fuel & fiber be known! These solid American-made twill hats help get the point across. If someone asks you what your hat says--tell them about it! Available in black or white from Country Enterprises, P.O. Box 690, Chesterton, IN 46304 for $11.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling. Order by phone with your Visa/Mastercard at (219) 477-4677.
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Ever wonder how they make those brilliant multi-color tiedyes? Wonder no more! The Liquid Rainbow Company has assembled everything you need to make incredible tie-dyes into one easy-to-use kit. The Deluxe Rainbow Tie-Dye kit comes with reusable tools and complete instructions, along with seven vibrant colors. Enough to dye three to five pounds of any natural fiber (about 12-15 large T-Shirts). Only $29.95 + $5.00 S/H, exclusively from Liquid Rainbow Co., P.O. Box 948257, La Jolla, CA 92037. See their ad on page 61 for more information.
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Plants grow in reusable, fired clay pellets. A water level indicator tells you when to water with high-yield nutrient. The scientifically designed inner grow pot increases air supply to the root zone, while the sealed outer pot creates a nutrient reservoir. Available for only $32.95 plus $8.00 shipping and handling from Interior Water Gardens, 615 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, NJ 08008. Or call in your order at (609) 494-1900. See their advertisement on page 61 for more information.
Even the most experienced bonger couldn’t take a full hit off this gravity. The smoke gets so thick that two people can share it and still fall choking on the floor. But the best thing about it is the Tube-a-loonies that we decorated it with--it’s definitely something you can trip out on.
Let it go down on record that I never claimed to know the truth or the "right thing to do!" What I try to do is to seek my own path toward the truth, and weave stories which will explain my whacked-out vision of humankind. I tend to shy away from organizations, cults, churches, and political groups with "staunch party lines."