Every few months we devote a bunch of space to our favorite bands of the moment. This month's issue features a trio of Rockers for Pot—Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, Living Colour and Drivin-NCryin—as well as a special reggae Buzz section. Despite heavy deadline pressure, I was still able to make the rounds during the last week of March.
A couple of weeks after I read your annual hip-hop issue, mostly dedicated to the "art of the blunt," I received a press release from the PR people for Havatampa Inc. Havatampa, the company that owns Phillies Cigars, has entered into a licensing agreement with "a New York company that markets and manufactures T-shirts and caps."
Each player in the Boston Celtics media guide gets a paragraph listing their favorite non-basketball activities. Under Robert Parish, a future Hall of Famer and one of the legends of the game, one reads that the great center enjoys jazz, judo, horror films, swordfish, backgammon, and Gunsmoke.
In the early 1950S, Mad was the only counter-culture in town. It lampooned TV, comic strips, movies, and Middle America in a subversive and entertaining way. Harvey Kurtzman was responsible for its creation, and virtually every single important figure of the '60s counter-culture, from filmmakers to writers, cartoonists to publishers, and activists to admen, acknowledged that their cultural awakening was due to his Mad—as well as Kurtzman's powerful antiwar comics, such as Two-Fisted Tales.
On March 5, 1993, Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health appeared on the CBS Evening News and announced the results of a clinical study relating increased cholesterol levels to consumption of hydrogenated fats like margarine.
June 16: Maui, Hawaii The Ohona HEMP Awareness Luncheon, Kihel, Maui (Noon), $18 per person. For more info, contact Suzie Osborn (808) 224-7400. June 25-27: Tappan Lake, Ohio Freedom Festival '93, three days of fun in the sun. For more info, contact the North Coast Ohio NORML (216) 521-9333.
The Chronic, written and performed by Dr. Dre and his merry band of buddha smokers, makes the boldest of pro-weed statements: The disc itself is decorated with a fat green pot leaf. On "The Roach," Dre revives a P-Funk classic when he sings, "Make my funk the chronic, I want to get fucked up."
REGGAE Sunsplash returns to its roots for the sixteenth annual festival, scheduled this August 2-7. Jamworld in Kingston is Sunsplash's new chosen site. Sunsplash is a uniquely Jamaican phenomenon that has expanded over 15 years to encompass concerts in Japan, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the US. The festival debuted in 1978, thanks to Tony Johnson and Ronnie Burke and others who came together to discuss the promotion, development and exposure of reggae music.
What is it about reggae music, aside from the smell of good Jamaican herb, that makes it so compelling to so many people? At a recent Jimmy Cliff concert, the expected dreads, Deadheads and college kids mixed with an assortment of, well, stuffy-looking, middle-aged white folks.
In Jamaica's rough-and-tumble music industry, rhythm tracks—drums and bass or, lately, drum machines and synthesizer— have a life of their own. They're called riddims, and a hot riddim can live forever. Case in point—one of the most enduring reggae riddims is "Cherry O Baby," originally a hit for Eric Donaldson in the '60s, covered by the Rolling Stones in the '70s and UB40 in the '80s, played by bar bands and on jukeboxes all over the planet.
Given the increasing popularity and across-the-board acceptance of dancehall reggae on these shores (and elsewhere), it's boom time in Jamdung. The US reggae scene is starting to get on its feet as well (no hip-hop album is complete nowadays without a raggamuffin-flavored track or three).
Formerly known as Shiloh, Big Mountain have scored big with this number-one worldbeat album. The fivepiece group from San Diego is fronted by singer/song-writer Quino. What's got people buzzing about Big Mountain is their mellow reggaespanol sound (popreggae meets latin).
Hyped as a trouble-plagued product of Toronto's projects, Snow emerged after eight months in jail on a murder rap (he was acquitted) with a song called "Informer"— presumably about the sleazeball who got him locked up. That this song topped the charts is testimony to the public's less-than-favorable view of such activities.
HIGH TIMES readers are well aware that America's hemp industry was destroyed in the 1930s by the timber and petrochemical industries and their allies in our federal government. Now an article by Kathryn Maxwell in the Australian magazine Bogong reveals how precisely the same scenario transpired Down Under—and the steps now being taken to reverse that corporate coup.
Kazakhstan was the largest predominantly Muslim republic in the Soviet Union. Under the old Soviet system, the nation was targeted for heavy industry, with factory positions going to Russians while the indigenous Kazakhs remained working in their traditional fields of agriculture and handicrafts.
Recently, the abuse of asset-forfeiture laws by prosecutors and police around the country have won intense media coverage—and the attention of legislators, provoking a reevaluation of the forfeiture statutes. What concrete changes will result remains to be seen.
On February 14th, an antidrug group in Anaheim, CA refused to take anymore shit from drug dealers. In fact, they decided to give some of it back. The citizen's group, apparently operating under the mistaken impression that only drug dealers have noses, dumped 1,750 pounds of cow manure in La Palma Park in the hopes that the stench would drive the dealers away.
The old hempseed industry, which has survived since the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act by supplying seed for birdfood, recently expanded into the lucrative human-nutrition field, thanks to the efforts of Don Wirtshafter of the Ohio Hempery. Wirtshafter's highquality hempseed oil is mechanically pressed and bottled under nitrogen gas into 8.5-ounce black plastic bottles.
On February 26, 1993, a group of 18 prominent citizens from across the US met at the Hoover Institute—a think-tank at California's Stanford University—and voted unanimously to pass a resolution making recommendations to President Bill Clinton and Congress regarding the Drug War.
Texas district attorneys called upon state lawmakers to raise taxes to build new prison space for the 200,000 new offenders anticipated to be incarcerated by 1995. Texas county jails are already overburdened by 21,000 felons whom the state prison system has no room for.
Peggy Patterson says medical marijuana saved her life—even if it did get her busted. The 32-year-old Spokane, Washington woman was born with spinal bifida—a genetic defect in which part of the vertebrae is missing, leaving the spinal cord unprotected in a sac on the lower back.
Cannabis Action Network toiled diligently at New Orleans' annual Mardi Gras festival. In the midst of the hoopla, hempsters from CAN worked the crowds at the parades, distributing informational leaflets and gathering signatures for the Therapeutic & Ecological Applications of Cannabis Hemp (TEACH) medical-marijuana petition, and generally sparked interest in hemp issues.
Q: When Oprah Winfrey asked if you were still a virgin, you replied that a gentleman doesn't reveal that, but wouldn't that apply only if she asked specifically, like, are you sleeping with Brooke Shields? A: Well, I just felt embarrassed talking about that aspect of my life, you know?
There is a quick way to make marijuana prohibition collapse. Protest psychiatric labels for marijuana. Cannabis activists focus their efforts on changing laws and setting precedents in court. Their grass-roots efforts to inform people about the virtues of cannabis and the dangers of an antidrug police state are commendable.
You've heard about the tar baby legend: Brer Rabbit gets hoodwinked into fighting with the tar baby, and the more he struggles the more he gets stuck. A trap like this requires the participants to step outside the game they think they are playing, and notice the game's larger circumstances.
SKID ROW'S CANDY BUDS, HASH COFFEE & ROCK'N'ROLL SEBASTIAN BACH
"If you can kill a cow and eat it, you should be allowed to pick a plant and smoke it." So says Sebastian Bach, the blonde and tattooed screaming fist that fronts the ultra-successful New Jersey-based heavy-metal band, Skid Row. Their 1989 self-titled debut sold more than three million copies, paving the way for 1991's Slave to the Grind, which entered the Billboard 200 album chart at number one.
NEW YORK'S NOTORIOUS BLACK-ROCKERS GIVE HEMP A CHANCE ON THEIR LATEST ALBUM.
4 soul brothers wielding loud guitars and Marshall stacks, upholding the heritage passed on by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix, Funkadelic, Sly Stone and Bad Brains on MTV? That was the picture in 1988 when Living Colour broke through rock's racial barrier with their startling debut, Vivid.
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"There's nothing like getting that first whiff of somebody lightin' up at a concert. You go to see Prince or Madonna or even Bruce Spring-steen and there's nothin', man. If there isn't weed burning, it doesn't smell like a concert." Kevn Kinney is rambling, but he's making sense.
Americans started to take growing seriously in 1978-79, after it was revealed that the Mexicans with the aid of the United States government had been secretly spraying their marijuana fields with paraquat, which can be lethal if breathed or ingested.
Nine years ago, a key part of the gigantic Comprehensive Crime Control Act eliminated judicial discretion, abolished parole, and initiated a guideline system for rational, uniform and equitable sentences. But an almost hidden provision mandated harsh prison sentences for those caught with certain illegal drugs beginning the nightmare known as mandatory minimum sentences.
It was deadline for the September '92 HIGH TIMES, and photos for the Emmett Grogan story had not surfaced. The founder of the Diggers made a point of avoiding the media, but fortunately he had not escaped the lens of his friend Lisa Law. It turns out Law had shot not only Grogan but virtually every major figure of the '60s.
Consequently, one part of our job at NORML is to let both friend and foe alike know that we intend to take back our rights as a free people. Strangely, NORML has never before tried to develop a large membership base. This must change. There are several reasons for this.
This surprisingly potent crop is half-skunk/half-Kush. We harvested 5½ lbs of dry bud. Secret Squirrell Calumet City, IL Three weeks into flowering two of my ten plants developed a purple tinge in the upper leaves, eventually spreading throughout both plants.
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In the late '80s I had a chance meeting with a grower named J.C. from Georgia. We were at a camp together in Indiana at the time, when he started tellin' me this story 'bout how he made the base for a coffee table from a marijuana trunk over a foot in diameter.
Here is a picture of my gourd bong. I think this might be a good entry for Best Bongs of All Time. Look closely and you will see the life cycle of the plant for which this tool was made. Seeds are shown growing to final buds, with new seeds going back to the earth.
Ask two herbalists or pharmacognosists (pharmacologists who study natural drugs) about comfrey and you are likely to get two widely divergent answers. There are those who see nothing wrong with a daily cup of comfrey tea for stomach disorders or adding a few chopped leaves to salads, while others strongly advise against taking the plant internally at all.
If there is one question asked of me more than any other in my life, then it has to be this simple query: "Chef PA, HOW DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR TO FORM INTO DREADLOCKS??" Wherever I travel, people are always pulling and tugging on my hair, trying to figure out if it’s real or not.