The release of D.A. Pennebaker's Don't Look Back was one of the most powerful experiences of my teen years. I was 16 years old, a junior at Urbana High, when I first saw the film at the University of Illinois Student Union. It didn't take long before my friends and I were walking around in black leather jackets, wearing sunglasses and expressing our disdain for the establishment with the bemused cynicism of our idol, Bob Dylan.
My name is Potman! It was Batman until that fateful date: September 16, 1992. I was on a crime-fighting vacation in Boston. I went out in the rain for a Batwalk on Boston Common, and ran smack into 3,000 smiling people. I asked why they were smiling.
With a disc titled Weedseed, a label named Seed and a great song called "Stoned," Tumbleweed are clearly this month's top pot-rockers. These Australian stoners combine power and melody, Seattle grunge-style. They also mix weed with tobacco in homemade bongs.
About a thousand people showed up last August 23 for Ba Ba Palooza, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Hoboken, New Jersey restaurant, Ali Ba Ba's. The day raised money for AIDS and featured food (of course), a beer truck, tattooing, body piercing and painting, info tables (abortion rights, hemp) and assorted vendors.
Bela and his Flecktones want to jam you up with their bluegrass-meets-jazz New Age funk.
As the secret weapon of last summer's HORDE tour with Spin Doctors and Blues Traveler, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones goosed crowds of young jammers into new dimensions. Fleck's cosmic posse of back-to-the-future fusionists stretch the outer limits of eclectic, quantum-leaping from fugues to funk, beaming up backwoods bluegrass to the Starship Enterprise for a hepcat shindig.
My first impression of Blind Melon was that they were just all right. The group's debut album sounded like a bunch of '60s and '70s influences. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Then Blind Melon started growing on me; their bluesy jams reminded me of the Grateful Dead or a kind of low-key Spin Doctors.
UCLA psychopharmacologist Ron Siegal, in his book Intoxication, makes a strong case for the notion that intoxication-seeking behavior is a bonafide biological drive inherent in all animal species. It seems clear that, regardless of what right-wing, fundamentalist yahoos may think, drug use to induce flavors and frequencies of consciousness is here to stay.
Elmore James' sound—the slashing, overamplified slide guitar and a vocal delivery that could go from a cry to a shout on a single note—has permeated American popular music like that of no other blues artist (except Jimmy Reed). As one of the links between the country-blues finger-picking style of Delta players like Charlie Patton, Son House and Robert Johnson, and the loud, more primitive Chicago blues of the '50s, James was the main inspiration for an entire school of Chicago slide guitarists like Hound Dog Taylor, J.B. Hutto and Johnny Littlejohn.
(Red Hat Productions) The average length of a major-league baseball game is now three hours. Attendance is down and player salaries are out of control. TV networks are losing millions, yet two new franchises will join the National League come April.
But Activists Hopeful in Campaign to shut Uncle Sam's Savannah River Plant
Activists have been trying to shut down the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant in South Carolina for over 10 years. But a turning point may have arrived with the end of the Cold War—and the federal nuke's puke of radioactive water a year ago last Christmas week.
Opponents call the freighter Akatsuki Maru a "floating Chernobyl." The ship's deadly cargo is a metric ton of plutonium, a key nuclear weapons component and the most toxic substance on earth. Greenpeace plans to follow the ship in their own vessel, the Solo, and warn mariners and nations along its secret route from France to Tokyo.
Petra Kelly, a founder of Germany's Green party, was found shot to death, with her longtime companion Gert Bastian, in their Bonn home on October 19, 1992. She was 44 years old. Kelly, a dynamic force behind the Greens, was last seen by friends and colleagues in late September.
Racism at INS An Americas Watch report, Brutality Unchecked: Human Rights Abuses Along the US Border with Mexico, charges the INS with beatings and "racially-motivated verbal abuse" against Mexican illegal immigrants. "Even more serious abuses, including unjustified shootings, torture and sexual abuse, occur.
Native Americans Mark Columbus' Arrival With Rallies Throughout Hemisphere
October 12, 1992. Five hundred years to the day since Columbus arrived on the shores of what is now Santo Domingo, Native Americans from Chile to Alaska held rallies to decry the past half-millenium of cultural extermination and to call for a new spirit of equity among nations as the next cycle of 500 years begins.
PELTIER'S MESSAGE TO THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE AMERICAS
"While the US and governments around the world celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' journey to—and subsequent invasion of—the Americas, using mass propaganda from feature films to children's books, Indian people remain the most severely devastated minority group in the Western hemisphere.
The city of Sheffield, Ohio was in mourning recently, following the tragic death of one of its most beloved citizens. Kilo, the police dog made famous by his co-starring role in Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" video, was laid to rest with an elaborate funeral procession of over 30 police cars.
ROBERT KAMPIA: Marijuana Activist And Student Government President
Robert Kampia was one presidential candidate who admitted he smoked pot—and inhaled. Kampia even told voters about the three months he spent in the slammer for marijuana possession. Come election day, he won by a landslide. Today, the 23-year-old Kampia represents one of the largest student bodies in the country as President of Penn State University's Student Government.
CANNABIS ACTION NETWORK RALLIES: 75 CITIES IN TWO MONTHS
Cannabis camaraderie flourished on the fall Medical Marijuana Tour. Cannabis Action Network and Elvy Musikka collaborated with enthusiastic activists in California, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, BC. Forty events took place on college campuses, at state capitals, libraries and courthouses.
GROUPS WORKING TO END THE DRUG WAR AND TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA
Arkansas NORML was extremely active in the last elections, flooding Bill Clinton's National HQ in Little Rock with information on the medical, environmental and economic benefits of the hemp plant. Arkansas NORML President Glen Schwarz got 30% of the vote running for Justice of the Peace in Pulaski County as a pro-hemp Republican!
My friend Stanley Young told me that at the Republican convention, while George Bush was giving his acceptance speech, Dan Quayle was overheard chanting, "Three more years! Three more years!" I borrowed this line to use on stage, it was repeated in Lyle Stuart's newsletter, Hot News, crediting me, and then Tony Scaduto of New York Newsday called to ask if I had actually overheard Quayle chanting that.
In October of 1992, my wife and I decided to take what we considered a big step—we removed our children from the public school system, opting to teach them at home. This action was a direct response on our part to the activities of the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) program, which was instituted by the Reagan administration in 1985 and is required in all public schools.
Vice President Albert Gore has admitted that he has ingested illegal substances. Which is very confusing because he appears to be an intelligent and articulate man. Why didn't his brains turn into fried eggs? Why didn't he embark upon a life of violent crime?
He's a pop-culture icon who gave the 1960s counterculture an attitude, a look and a song, "The Times They Are A-Changin'," that became the anthem of a new generation. Thirty years later, a host of celebrities gathered to pay homage to rock's greatest bard.
According to rock'n'roll legend, the Beatles were holed up in a Manhattan hotel room sometime in August 1964 when the journalist Al Aronowitz introduced them to Bob Dylan for the first time. At the height of Beatlemania, it seemed that the Fab Four— already accustomed to pill-popping to keep one step ahead of the thousands of screaming teenyboppers in miniskirts who followed them wherever they went—had never gotten around to trying the old demon weed.
Take a trip to the Indian reservation where Bob Marley and reggae music reign supreme
The rust-red bowels of the Grand Canyon is the place the Havasupai Indians call home. Ancient custodians of this crusty land, they live on a rudimentary reservation known as Supai Village. This is not your ordinary rez. Just a couple of miles from the Village, magnificent waterfalls crash into turquoise pools.
Jack Swint started working as a confidential informant for the Drug Enforcement Agency in 1984. At the time he was recruited, he owned a private airplane business in Houston, and his clients included prominent oil company attorneys. In 1987, Swint had a change of heart and started making public statements about his DEA work.
At the 22nd annual NORML Conference in San Francisco a couple of months ago, I had the pleasure, for the fourth time, to act as Conference moderator. It's a great job, and I hope to be back at it next year because I get three wonderful rewards for being the timekeeper and host.
This is my first crop of hydroponic sativa. These buds were grown under a 400-watt high-pressure sodium lamp. The herb has a skunky smell and a trippy buzz, not overpowering but beautiful and clean. Indoor Grower Florida The garden contains Skunk #1, Bubblegum, S. Ohio Special (an outdoor sativa) and some pure indicas.
In need of relief from a heavy hangover on that cold Election Day in November, I walked over to my favorite coffeehouse. I was sick and tired of negative vibes on the TV and in the nation, but glad that this whole year of political bullshit was finally coming to an end.
Despite the fact that both our new president and his second-banana have partaken of the cannabis herb, marijuana is illegal. In a country that prides itself on respect for individual choice, people who wish to use the oldest and safest therapeutic source known to man must break the law.
Is the genus Cannabis comprised of many species? After all, even the "experts" have discussed indicas, sativas and ruderalises in terms of species. But, as author Mel Frank points out in this excerpt from his book, Marijuana Growers' Insiders' Guide, it all simply comes down to a single plant.
MARIJUANA STRAINS AND VARIETIES
CHOOSING VARIETIES TO GROW
Since the early 1970s, much work has been done on taxonomy (ordering and naming) of the previously neglected genus Cannabis. Besides the need to clarify the genus for botanical reasons, a need to answer the question of species within the genus Cannabis was important for legal reasons.
Buds 'N' Blunts: Featuring Brand Nubian, Redman and Gang Starr. Also: "The Story of the Blunt" by Richard Nixon. Washington and Syrian dictator Hafez Assad have been buddy-buddy since they cut a deal against Iraq in Operation Desert Storm.