I was introduced to HIGH TIMES in 1976 by its founder, Tom Forçade, the biggest fan of punk rock I ever met. He wanted to get involved with my magazine Punk (now available as a book, see ad on page 37), which he told me he liked even better than HT. Tom once sent the Punk staff (including Legs McNeil, whose Please Kill Me book is excerpted in this issue) all over the country to follow the Sex Pistols on the first US tour while Tom was filming D.O.A: A Right of Passage, a HIGH TIMES film about punk rock.
First off, I got to give it up to you people at HIGH TIMES for outdoing yourselves in the August issue covering the one and only Wu-Tang Clan. The story was great and the pictures were dope! (Many of the photos are hanging on my wall!) The next article you write on rap has to be on Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony because those guys are some hardcore budsmokers.
New York's own hardcore stoners, Murphy's Law, are packing their bags for Amsterdam, where they'll be headlining the 9th Annual Cannabis CUD Awards.
Seven years ago Jimmy Drescher, lead singer of Murphy's Law. appeared in these pages in an article that coincided with the release of the group’s second album. Back with a Bong. Wearing a Confederate uniform and holding a brick of weed. Drescher, who went by the name Jimmy Gestapo at the time, heralded the movement of rock and hip-hop musicians who would openly support marijuana legalization.
He's known as the marijuana man to most, but in 1978 David Peel recorded and released the song “King of Punk” on his own Orange Records label. What did punk have to do with this legendary street performer who had written the weed classic "I Like Marijuana” 10 years earlier?
Pot is not often associated with punk. But in 1971, full time scenester Superdude cut the seminal get-high anthem, “The Stonemen, "on his own Flatbush label. With its chorus, “The Stonemen/Hit it,” the freewheeling, eccentric 'Dude forged an early, and rare, connection between the burgeoning punk and gone-to-seed hippie cultures.
D.O.A., THE HARDEST-WORKING BAND IN PUNK, ARE STILL SMOKIN’ AFTER ALMOST 20 YEARS.
“They call us weirdos, they call us crazy,” D.O.A. bassist Brian Goble sings to a boiling morass of 2,000 New York punks. A forest of middle fingers erupts as they shout along with the chorus: “We don’t care what you say. FUCK YOU!” Even the city fire marshals interrupting the set can’t kill the buzz.
The punk-rockers of the '70s may be legends now, but back then they didn't sell jack shit. Classic albums like the Ramones’ first and Patti Smith’s Radio Ethiopia sold less than 100,000 copies. Punk’s abrasive energy and hatred for classic rock alienated radio stations, hippies and mainstream audiences alike.
Had enough of punk rock yet? No? Good, ’cause it ain’t going away! The simple chords and high-speed energy of punk are perfect for our electronically-enhanced lives. And the current proliferation of bands is just right for our here-today, gone-tomorrow mass-consumer society. Just in case you’re having a hard time keeping track of who’s who, we’ve compiled a list with quickie commentaries on 20 of the best and worst punk bands out there today.
GREEN DAY: Aren't we sick of these obnoxious little snot-noses yet? RANCID: They love The Clash, but then so do we. The best of the redux. THE OFFSPRING: Solid tunes lie under the silly lyrics. Sure, they come off like punkers, but our guess is that they have a secret love for '70s bands like Kansas.
The pulsing beat of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" pours into the movie theater like blood into a syringe, and you're hooked. Trainspotting, from Miramax, is to heroin what GoodFellas is to the mob. The most reverberating film exploration of the drug's powers since Frank Sinatra was nominated for an Oscar in Otto Preminger's The Man With the Golden Arm four decades ago, this undeniable masterpiece delves into a subculture of Scottish slackers living on the dole and dope.
If the punk scene of the late '70s had a skeleton in its closet, it was the Misfits. They delved into a dark world filled with B-movie references to ghouls and brain-eating zombies, compounded by walls of buzzing guitars and howling vocals.
Patti Smith is routinely referred to as a punk icon, but she'd be the first to take issue with that description. An iconoclast who made punk possible, she began forging a new aesthetic in the early '70s, blurring the boundaries between high art and street culture.
Despite being a music-industry hub, New York is a tough place for new bands to break out of. When it comes to the school of hard knocks, stylish retro-rockers D Generation should earn a Ph. D. Their first record on EMI contained the single “No Way Out," which threatened to become a hit.
1. HAPPINESS IS A WARM BONG Coyote Shivers (Mutiny) 2. GREENBUD Murphy's Law (Another Planet) 3. RED EYE FLIGHT Candiria (Too Damn Hype) 4. HIGH Skunkweed (Royalty) 5. STONED IN CAR Wickerman (Hollywood) 6. HIGH GRO (self-released) 7. WEED AGAINST SPEED Sebadoh (Sub Pop) 8.
Now I get it. For years I wondered at the strange times we live in. Paradigm shifts, expanded consciousness, ecoawareness. All this alongside Wall Street, skinheads and Newt Gingrich. But Ken Wilber, philosopher Wunderkind. explains it all.
BETWEEN GOD AND GANGSTA RAP: Bearing Witness to Black Culture by Michael Eric Dyson ( Oxford University Press. New York. $23 )— Dyson, raised on the poetry of Tennyson and Smokey Robinson, writes honestly and passionately about music, politics, religion, family life, survival and doing the right thing.
In 1978, Brian Eno produced No New York, a compilation album representing the artistic vanguard of Manhattan's flourishing punk community. Contrary to punk's conventional rebel-without-acause/Dead End Kid philosophy, James Chance and the Contortions (along with Mars, Lydia Lunch's Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and Arto Lindsay's DNA) embraced a bohemian-style intellectualism.
Timothy Leary went to his reward on May 31, 1996, leaving a lot of deeply impressed human beings with rich memories of him, whether they liked it or not. In a 1980 address, Leary had prophesied, quite accurately: “In the '80s we're going to take media away from ABC and NBC and everyone's going to get in the media.
Timothy Leary-aka Satan. ”: Pittsburg, PA Post Gazette reader's letter, June 23,1996. “Dr. Life, a sprite so full of gleeful guile that he teased and tickled the Grim Reaper until the bitter-make that sweet-end.": Hartford, CN Courant June 13 “First Hippie...
Oct. 5 Great Midwest Harvest Festival Madison. WI One of the country's oldest smoke-ins starts on the U of Wisconsin campus, then marches down State St. to the State Capitol. Call: ( 800 ) 256-7424. Oct. II-20 Jimi Hendrix Festival New York.
In an era when the majority of eligible Americans feels too alienated from party politics to bother to vote in any given election, any special-interest minority which might take the trouble to do so, strategically and with forethought, would have a decided edge over other special-interest groups.
CALIF. COPS RAID BUYERS' CLUB AND PROPOSITION 215 OFFICES
Grab Medications, Member Files, Political Records
The San Francisco Cannabis Buyers' Club was a five-story Taj Mahal of medical marijuana, a freewheeling emporium operating at 1444 Market Street, quite literally in the shadows of City Hall and state and federal office buildings. Over the past four years, the club had expanded to nearly 12,000 sick and dying members, who came to its laid-back lounges to purchase weed free of mold and pesticides, cannabis baked goods and THC-tincture infusions—going through up to 100 pounds of marijuana per week.
APHRODISIAC HYSTERIA IN EGYPT Towns in rural Egypt have banned the mysterious "Spanish Fly" chewing gum which has reportedly led to an outbreak of orgies and promiscuity. Local authorities suspect an Israeli conspiracy to corrupt Egyptian youth and undermine traditional Islamic values.
Fred Maslack holds the distinction of being the first American lawmaker in the '90s to get an industrial-hemp bill passed, in Vermont’s state legislature last April. Although Governor Howard Dean had threatened to veto Act #176, he chose instead to have it rewritten.
MODENA NY—Despite rain and muddy conditions, New York State's fifth annual Hemp Splash was a soggy success as 2,300 hempsters camped out over three days late last June to hear 40 bands on two stages, and rave till the wee hours. In addition to Yolk, Headstone Circus, Skadanks and other performers from as far away as Colorado and Indiana, hemp hero Vermont State Rep.
CREATIVE COUPLE FIGHT THE POWER LARRY AND PEG MONAGHAN
ARCADIA, KS—When it comes to the ties that bind concerning the legalization movement, Larry and Peg Monaghan know how to make the knot. The Monaghans have long been active in the Libertarian Party, the Cannabis Action Network and local NORML chapters, and nearly 200,000 people have tied on their hemp "wish bracelets."
An award-winning high-school teacher in Savannah, Georgia is fighting to regain her job after being fired for refusing to take a urine test. Sherry Hearn, 48, an American history teacher at Windsor Forest High School—and Chatham County’s 1994 teacher of the year— was fired for insubordination last April by the county school board.
CANADA SEMI-LEGALIZES HEMP, AND SLIPS LEASH OFF NARCS
GUELPH, ON—The House of Commons in Ottawa in June passed new drug legislation that will modify marijuana-possession penalties and legalize the sale of hemp—but greatly increase forfeiture and police power to bend the law in making drug investigations.
Wow. What a grim choice we'll be facing in the voting booth this year. We are called upon once again by the purveyors of compromise to hold our noses and vote for the lesser of two evils. American democracy, we are told, is based on compromise. The problem is that since the dawn of the Reagan revolution in 1980, only one side has been doing the compromising.
The public relations industry is one of the fastest-growing businesses in the New World Order. Governments and corporations rely on PR firms to bolster their faltering credibility, thus putting PR spin-doctors in the position of global power brokers, with a glamor and influence undreamed of by their predecessors.
As a grass-roots activist organization, NORML understands the power of the written word and the impact and influence it can have upon others. Therefore, one of the key strategies NORML pursues when not directly lobbying Congress is to write—and encourage others to write—to both the media and our elected officials.
never mind the sex pistols, what's your fucking problem?
This summer seemed to be big for comebacks. The Sex Pistols, KISS, the Zodiac killer—all of them decided to return to enjoy a few more minutes of their former glory, to squeeze the last drop of milk from their legend while they can still get a headline out of it.
RON ASHETON (Stooges guitarist): In 1966, Iggy was still Jim Osterberg, who was a straight kid when I met him in high school. He hung out with the popular kids who wore chinos, cashmere sweaters and penny loafers. Iggy didn’t smoke cigarettes, didn’t get high, didn't drink.
I met Debbie Harry in 1977, and experienced a good deal of her success with Blondie firsthand through 1978-1982. During this time, we wrote the text for Making Tracks: The Rise of Blondie, a book of photographs by Chris Stein, Debbie's live-in collaborator on Blondie.
The following conversation between Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Victor Bockris was recorded at Harry and Stein’s penthouse apartment on West 58th Street in 1980, when Blondie was the No. 1 rock band in the world. As Harry and Stein lay in bed, we discussed the text for Making Tracks: The Rise of Bondie.
Will the introduction of legal hempfields in North America bring about the end of our domestic sinsemilla harvest? And what effect will our annual marijuana harvest have on those legal hempfields?
Nearly a decade ago I was busted for sinsemilla farming in California, catapulted into the marijuana-legalization battle, and became a co-conspirator in the emerging hemp movement. Since then hundreds of people have asked me how pollen from flowering hempfields might affect the potency of future generations of sinsemilla.
The early years of the Freedom Fighters were "heady" times with so much positive energy in the air. No clashing "Hemp Egos" and fussing and fighting. We were the "Vanguard of the Movement" and there was no "bandwagon" for anyone to jump onto yet.
I belong to the now-middle-aged first generation of punk rock. From my vantage point on Avenue B I can see a clean and sober Richard Hell in white shorts on his way to the tennis courts each morning. I have lived to see Patti Smith become a graying housewife.
These are my own mix of Northern Lights and Haze. They were started under fluorescents and I added a 250-watt HPS for flowering. The plants matured in just 45 days and the high was excellent. This was my first attempt at organic growing and it produced a better yield and better-tasting buds than my other crops using chemical fertilizers.
K’s garden uses technological know-how to deal with some unfavorable conditions. “My goal is to achieve maximum production with maximum efficiency,” says K. “I incorporate as much technology as possible to eliminate tedious work and to stop problems before they start.
Indoor marijuana gardeners have another tool at their disposal. The Dowling Miner Magnetics Corporation is currently marketing a product called Multi-Soft, a natural water treatment system that alters the molecular structure of water, changing its physical properties in a beneficial way.
My garden contains Northern Lights, Sensi Seeds' Shiva Shanti and a Hash Plant variety from Tampa. FL. All are grown in a hydro system under a 430w HPS Son-Agro. The aerated nutrient solution is a General Hydroponics formula kept at 600 PPM with a few drops of Superthrive added in.
I started this sativa plant late in the season. It was getting too tall, over six feet, so I bent it down several times as it started to gain height. I had to keep it against the 4-ft. corrugated iron wall. I harvested on April I and got 8 ounces. It has a very sweet smell and a good stone.
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Marijuana for enlightenment? What do you say to your children when they ask about pot? Is cannabis an aphrodisiac? Stephen Gaskin, one of the most successful leaders of the '60s counterculture, answers these and other important questions in an exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book, Cannabis Spirituality.