I get letters all the time from readers who wish they worked at HIGH TIMES. Life here can be fun, but the reality is that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get a magazine out every month. And of all our jobs, the managing editor’s is certainly one of the toughest.
Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke! The whiny misgivings of these people-in-the-know only prove the point Sir Simunek of Sarcasm makes with each epitaph he writes [Rainbow Gathering—Fear of a Groovy Planet, June '96]. Life is one helluva joke and it's on you!
Two years after the nearly united front of Woodstock 2, the summer of ’96 offered fragmentation. Lollapalooza, now six years old, took a commercial step towards metal, while the HORDE, now five, took a turn away from its hippie roots. The sophomore Warped tour for skatepunks got smaller, and three events got started: Smokin’ Grooves (hip-hop), Furthur (Deadheads) and Enit (technoheads).
Herbert Huncke, petty thief, hustler and junkie storyteller, died on August 8 of congestive heart failure in New York. He was 81 years old. Huncke inspired several generations of hipsters, Beats, hippies, punks and hoodlums with his books, Guilty of Everything, The Evening Sun Turned Crimson and Huncke’s Journal.
Sebadoh may well be rock’s most prolific trio, releasing singles, EPs, compilation tracks and CDs at an alarming rate since forming in Boston in 1989. Lou Barlow co-founded Dinosaur Jr. with J. Mascis before leaving to pursue Sebadoh with guitarist Eric Gaffney.
Those who consider the Beastie Boys' 1989 manifesto Paul's Boutique to be a cornerstone of the modern musical age currently enjoy a wealth of records that eagerly build upon the postmodern rock-infused hip-hop the Beasties patented and subsequently perfected on 1992's Check Your Head.
Chicago weed-rappers Crucial Conflict barnstorm to the top with the biggest hip-hop 'hit' of '96.
ASONDRA R. HUNTER
Ain't no sunshine on the seedy South Side of Chicago, where drug dealers get popped over product-spot disputes on the regular. The conflict over turf is indeed crucial, but the friction between the police and young black men wearing gold and carrying beepers is mortal combat without the Sega.
The popular black culture of the '70s is generally better experienced emerging from your speakers or TV screen than from the pages of a book. Two recent tomes attempt to disprove this by offering a deeper literary look at that celebrated era.
The droning, self-indulgent vocal and guitar moans of so-called alternative grunge rock instill in me a profound depression. Not a bluesy, sorrowful depression, but a vapid, soulless, numb void. Blind Screaming Temple Pearlpump and the Clearjam Melon Chains have cashed in big by fitting the profile of young, morose rock icons, churning out feel-bad music into the eardrums of America from sour faces and withering, work-free hands.
Danny Schechter the News Dissecter is the imperial wizard of subversive journalism. Since reporting from the freedom marches in the early '60s for newspapers and magazines, this multimedia pioneer has tackled the radio, television and film industries with an approach to journalism that raises basic standards of investigative inquiry and creativity.
If you're looking for a Christmas gift for that pothead bookworm among your friends or family, here are five definitely worth reading. Three of these books have been reissued by Citadel Underground. The other two—Jerry Kamstra’s Weed and Steve Chapple's Outlaws in Babylon—are out of print; good luck finding them in a used-book store.
THE DOG-AND-PONY SHOW PRESENTED BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT THEIR CHICAGO CONVENTION LAST SUMMER TANKED IN THE TV RATINGS NEARLY AS BADLY AS THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION PRECEDING IT. BY THE END OF THE WEEK, THE MEDIA WERE SO BORED THEY NEVER BOTHERED TO COVER A ROUNDUP OF DISSIDENTS WORTHY OF THE ORIGINAL 1968 EVENT.
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA—Jim Epstein was heading home to San Francisco from Santa Rosa when the red and blue lights of the California Highway Patrol flashed in his rear-view mirror. He pulled over to the side of the road, and the officer told him about the faulty taillight on his car.
Federal 'Anti-Marijuana' Ops Target Zapatista Territory
RUMORS OF WAR
MOTA AND MILITARIZATION
BACK FROM THE BRINK
THE ZAPATISTAS OF MEXICO HAVE BEEN PORTRAYED IN THE MAINSTREAM NORTEAMERICANO MEDIA AS A COLLECTION OF PR-SAVVY OPPORTUNISTS PROMOTING "ZAPATOURISM" BY ATTRACTING TRENDY EUROPEAN LEFTISTS AND HOLLYWOOD ACTORS TO THEIR JUNGLE DOMAIN THROUGH CLEVER PROPAGANDA ON THE INTERNET.
Protestors shut down the main traffic arteries in Panama City to protest the return of the Canal Zone's Howard Air Force Base to possession of the US. The base was to be turned over to Panama under the 1977 Canal Treaty, but President Ernesto Perez Balladares intends to donate it back to the US as a multinational narcotics-enforcement center.
CLEVELAND, OH—Ohio personal-quantity pot growers now face more lenient penalties if prosecuted, thanks to Senate Bill Two, which became law on July I this year. The 1000-page general crime bill, which was promoted by staunch, law-and-order, antidrug Republicans, contains a section which fairly comprehensively modifies marijuana laws by lowering cultivation penalties and allowing medical-marijuana defenses at trial; SB2’s sponsors, when asked about it by the press, have indicated that they inadvertently overlooked this part of the bill.
Citing the Fifth Amendment's protection against double jeopardy, Indiana’s highest court has ordered marijuana-sale charges dismissed against a man who had already paid the state’s controlled-substances tax on the herb for which he was later busted.
When Kevin Aplin was booked to play with his acoustic-guitar act at a hemp rally on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, little did he know that the event would change the course of his life. For it was at that rally in the spring of 1990 that Aplin was transformed into one of Dixieland's leading hemp activists.
On September 1, President Ernesto Zedillo delivered his annual televised State of the Union Address in Mexico City. It had been expected that the president would address the unending fiscal-austerity program that has kept millions of Mexicans in poverty for two years now while the government pays off interest on its foreign debts.
INS Flexes 'Narco-Terrorism' Muscle on Latino and Carribean Immigrants
“In this great future, you can't forget your past," the Fugees sing in their current cover of Bob Marley's “No Woman, No Cry." The warning might be directed specifically toward immigrants in the United States, particularly those from the Caribbean and Latin America, who are being targeted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service for a vicious new project that eliminates standard constitutional protections for foreign-born people living and working in this country.
MAJORITY OF POLICE CHIEFS CALL FOR DRUG-WAR OVERHAUL
NORML DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS
Sixty percent of police chiefs nationwide concede that law-enforcement agencies have been unsuccessful at reducing the drug problem in the United States, and an overwhelming majority (85%) call for "major changes" in the way America deals with drug use, according to a joint study conducted by the Police Foundation and Drug Strategies, a Washington, DC-based organization that advocates a more balanced approach to fighting drugs.
If you want to get the maximum benefit from marijuana, then what this author has to say might be of interest to you. One of the most successful leaders of the '60s counterculture, Gaskin tells how cannabis can improve your relationships—with your family, your lover, and your Creator.
The Gentle Ritual
Cleaning the Terminals
The Natural Ceremony
Stay Sraight with Kids
The Politics of Spirituality
With cannabis, you can have one joint and two people, and you get higher than if one of you smokes it. It just works that way. And if you share it with six people, you'll still get higher than if just one person smokes it himself. There's a real gentle ritual, in that it gets passed from hand to hand with the gesture of "I'm passing something precious, and we're sharing communion with it.”
Dave, a seed broker running the B.C. Seed Company in Vancouver, knew I had only a short time to spend visiting gardens while I was in the Vancouver area. "You have to come see this outdoor garden," he told me. The fellow has been growing for years and I buy some excellent seeds from him."
According to Barbara Marciniak, the Pleiadians are a collective of extraterrestrials from the Pleiades star cluster. Marciniak claims that since 1988, they have been speaking through her, advising us to become media-free and encouraging us to embrace our own power.
Tonight I promised myself I would slide down to the local Mexican joint and "Wolf Down" some serious Tacos. I love Mexican food. My Grandmother lived in San Antonio all of her life. She lived in harmony and respect with her Mexican neighbors, and learned to cook their cuisine.
The "5" Royales ( the quotation marks were their own wry comment on the fact that there were usually six Royales; I know of no explanation for the “e" in their name ) were one of the greatest '50s rhythm and blues vocal groups, one which would influence the sound of the coming soul music of the '60s in a profound way.
This Skunk plant was grown by me and my neighbor in Melbourne. It was eventually stolen, so I have no idea of the plant's yield.These plants were grown in a primitive underground setup using one 40-watt grow light and one cool white fluorescent combined with a 125-watt HPS.
Recording to researchers at the University of Mississippi, a mature marijuana plant yields about equal weight of bud and leaf. Although most successful growers find their plants produce I/3-I/2 less weight in leaf than in buds, this is still a lot of leaf material.
I started my garden by obtaining 14 seeds from a local chronic dealer who lives in my neighborhood. I took the seeds to my buddy's house and started them in his 4' x 3' closet under his 400-watt MH lamp. The light was hooked up to a timer and kept on a vegetative cycle at the rate of 20 hours on and four hours off.
We grew these G-13 and Super Skunk beauties in my 2' x 4' x 8' closet using 6 weeks of vegetative growth and 54 days of flowering. B. & C. B. New York City My flowering room is 10' x 11’ and contains CO2 enrichment. Mylar, a 2-arm Sun Circle light mover, and 1000 watts each of metal-halide ( MH ) and high-pressure-sodium ( HPS ) lamps.
This is Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier bulletin oF herbally knowledgeable Americans since 1974. Representative cannabis and psychedelic listings From various sources appear within this bulletin according to a fastidiously maintained set of criteria, by necessity known only to personnel of the Imperial THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
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DOES YOUR GROW ROOM STINK?
The Rastafari nation is on the move! Chris Simunek and photographer Brian Jahn penetrate Kingston’s toughest ghettoes to speak with the heads of the Rastafari Centralization Organization. With the help of Bunny Wailer, the R.O.C. is fighting for religious rights for Rastas and taking the battle for the herb to the streets.