a side from his brilliant novels, sports achievements and pioneering work in psychedelic exploration, Ken Kesey remains one of the great performance artists of our time. He is currently working on an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz called Twister.
I cannot begin to extend my admiration and appreciation to the HIGH TIMES staff for the excellent experience they provided in hosting WHEE!. Although hot, hungry and tired, the staff and countless volunteers worked diligently, compassionately and in unity to bring us an educational and just plain FUN event.
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME'S PSYCHEDELIC EXHIBIT IS SURPRISINGLY DRUG-FREE.
Should we ever need more proof of the inextricable link between drugs and rock'n'roll, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland's $100 million shrine to the Gods of Rock, has dedicated its first major exhibit since it opened in the fall of 1995 to the controversial epoch of late '60s psychedelia.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival June 19-22, Telluride, Colorado
It's not hard to have the longest hair on a flight to Colorado Springs, CO. That's where I found myself in June, on my way to the 24th Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Launching my trip in the heart of the Christian Right had me wondering if I'd find any green grass to accent the four-day smorgasbord of bluegrass music I was about to inhale.
The Danes are a hardy lot, and if you attended this year's Roskilde Festival, you had to be the same With rain and sun, mud and dust, cold and heat, I used every possible combination of layers of clothing I had brought for my pursuit of the 150 bands that played during the four-day fest.
Forget the government cover up, never mind the conspiracy. It was drugs. The aliens who crashed in New Mexico 50 years ago must have been stoned. How else would beings of higher intelligence end up in a cowpoke town like Roswell? With this in mind, I made the journey to Roswell over the July 4th weekend, less in search of truth than with an eye towards phenomenon and the chance to participate in a millennial spectacle.
1 Weed THIN LIZARD DAWN (RCA) 2. LSD Truth LORDS OF ACID (Antler Subway) 3. Grow Room DJ POOH (Big Beat/Atlantic) 4. Meta Medicine META BASS 'N' BREATH (Bomb Unlimited) 5. Legalize and Advertise DJ DMD FEATURING SUPERBHERB (WRAP) 6. Calling of the Reign KARMIC (Run) 7.
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The second annual gathering of the tie-dyed tribes featuring survivors of the Dead (Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby) and simpatico bands (Black Crowes, moe) had a crusty feel inside this intimate tennis stadium (Forest Hills) where John McEnroe once screamed at courtside officials.
by Timothy Leary with R.U. Sirius (HarperEdge, San Francisco, $24.00) Timothy Leary’s posthumously published Design for Dying may be his most important work. In it, he takes on death—Western culture’s biggest taboo—with the same charm, irreverent humor, antiauthori-tarian attitude and enthusiastic sense of adventure that he previously brought to psychedelics and computers.
DEATH BLOSSOMS by Mumia Abu-Jamal (Plough Publishing House, Farmington, PA 15437, $12.00) Abu-Jamal’s new Death Row-penned book focuses mainly on spirituality, finding humanity in the most brutal corners of the world: “I am not a symbol; I am a man...
At an age when most ’60s rock’n’rollers are either dead, retired or repeating tired formulas, Wayne Kramer is just hitting his stride. Citizen Wayne, Kramer’s third album on the indie punk label Epitaph, praises blue-collar workers and rails against the system that keeps them down.
Eyes don’t come any sleepier than Robert Mitchum’s, and when they closed for the last time on July 1, the world saw the passing of a true Hollywood legend. His distinguished career stretched across six decades, and every one of his pictures, from Westerns (Nevada) to high-profile studio blockbusters (Cape Fear, Night of the Hunter), benefited from the imperturbable dignity and seemingly effortless strength that characterized his screen presence.
When Manny the Hippie, a.k.a. Micah Papp, found himself in jail on account of a marijuana bust last year, I doubt the world was either terribly shocked or fearful for his "career." Papp's incarceration was a comic twist for the San Francisco street hippie who came to popular attention after numerous appearances on Late Show with David Letterman.
If there was a space in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most diehard rolling-paper collector. Charlie Hayes of St. Louis would fill it. That's because he's been collecting papers since 1968. and today boasts a collection of more than 450 different packs.
HIGH-PROFILE HOLLYWOOD POT PATIENT CULTIVATES DILEMMA FOR DRUG WARRIORS
BEL-AIR, CA—“Cancer is like a heavy revolver placed against your head,” Todd McCormick told the national media after his release on bond for marijuana charges last August, “heavier than the laws against the use of marijuana as medicine.”
OAKLAND, CA—“Those drug dealers were wearing smiles as their cohorts simultaneously lobbed four one-gallon glass containers of flammable liquid into my home,” the narcotics-battling heroine wrote from her burn-ward bed in Berkeley’s Alta Bates hospital.
VANCOUVER, BC—George Washington once urged Americans to “make the most of the hemp seed,” but the Cannabis Cafe here may be the first restaurant in Britain’s former colonies to do so. The restaurant, which opened July 2 in the Hemp BC complex at 307 W. Hastings St.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Marijuana may soon be decriminalized in Australia’s largest state. (On July 11, New South Wales Premier Bob Carr proposed eliminating jail sentences for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, five plants or five grams of hashish.
The family of Officer Kevin Gaines, a Los Angeles cop killed in a traffic-stop altercation with LAPD Detective Frank Lyga, has hired O.J. Simpson attorney Johnnie Cochran to pursue an independent investigation into the incident. Gaines, a six-year veteran and father of two, was separated from his wife and living with Sharitha Knight, estranged wife of imprisoned Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight.
BATON ROUGE, LA—At first glance, Louisiana’s new drug-testing law looks like the tightest strictures for simon-pure urine in the nation. The law, signed by Gov. Mike Foster on July 15, requires “all persons who receive anything of economic value or receive funding from the state” to take a drug test.
THE DANIEL DEFOE AWARD FOR BACKFIRING GOOD JOURNALISM: MICHAEL POLLAN
The New York Times: A Million Bucks of Free Publicity Exactly one week before the Supreme Court unanimously prohibited censorship on the Internet last June, The New York Times published a front-page story urgently advising Endangered America that HIGH TIMES now has a Web site.
NYC REPORTERS FIND 'MUGGLES' SHRUBS IN EAST VILLAGE!
Who Will Save The City?
NEW YORK CITY—Jerry the Peddler sits down in his Lower East Side backyard and expertly splits a Philly and rolls a trademark New York-style blunt. Just a couple of weeks earlier last July, Mayor Rudy Giuliani—chief inquisitor of so-called “quality-of-life” offenses like pot-smoking—had been embarrassed by screaming tabloid headlines announcing that marijuana had been discovered (by tabloid reporters, somehow) growing in nearby Tompkins Square Park.
CANTON, OH—Judging from Northcoast NORML’s Freedom Festival, held at the Bear Creek Amphitheater near here on June 27-29, the legalization movement is alive and well in northeast Ohio and surrounding areas. About 2,000 people attended the three-day, 15-band event, which featured performances by Circus Ridiculous, who delighted many tripping festival-goers with freakish acts, corny one-liners, stupid human tricks and a band half-dressed in drag.
NEW YORK CITY —The supplier dumps the marijuana on the table and passes around a bud for everyone to check out. Heather, a fluorescent-haired young woman in camouflage phat pants and a rubberstudded bracelet, starts breaking up the buds and weighing out the bags.
I’ve been incarcerated for over 11 and a half years. In 1986, I was convicted of the sale of 4.97 grams of marijuana, and was eventually sentenced to a term of 30 years as a prior drug offender. But even though I’m definitely not a saint, I can’t help but feel that the sentence was given in direct punishment for my refusal to cooperate with the Joplin, Missouri police in two different areas: I adamantly refused to become their personal drug informant, and I maintained my innocence and refused to accept their plea-bargain offer.
The First: A keenly rolled cylinder, featherweight and fragile. Cousin Alan’s Manhattan pad. The friendly confines for my maiden pilgrimage are cramped, if not cozy. Furnishings to spare. Ethan Allen in his blue period; a crushed-velvet couch cradles, nurtures.
It is said that politicians love a good war, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Washington’s war on marijuana smokers. Among the many would-be Drug War generals in Congress, the following five stand out as new leaders in the crusade against cannabis.
“A peace walk & roll for medical marijuana and the ibogaine cure for addiction.” The 450-mile march, scheduled to begin in Boston Sept. 20, continues with appearances and teach-ins in New York, Oct. 4; a rally at New York’s City Hall at 4 PM, Oct. 9; Trenton, NJ, Oct. 12; New Hope, PA, Oct. 13; Philadelphia, Oct. 14; Wilmington, DE, Oct. 16; Baltimore, Oct. 21; Washington, Oct. 26-28; in Rockville, MD at the National Institutes of Health, Oct. 29, and the FDA and NIDA on Oct. 30.
A year after comedian Al Franken published Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot (Thorndike Press, Thorndike, ME), the obese sultan of right-wing talk radio still rules the airwaves. Limbaugh and his ultraconservative cronies, most notably G. Gordon Liddy and Ollie North, rant continuously against "feminazis," environmental "wackos," minorities and all things progressive in a rolling firestorm of sock-it-to-'em hate radio.
Last July 18-20, the Merry Pranksters joined forces with HIGH TIMES to create the most fun hempfest ever. Over 15,000 people came, along with 270 vendors. Pau! Krassner showed, as did Elvy Musikka, Stephen Gaskin, Dennis Peron and John Trudell, Garrick Beck, Daphne Singingtree, Fantuzzi, Diego, Jiva and the Rainbow Gypsy Goddess Crew, Natalie, Baker, Kalif and Drake, Plunker, Amazin' Dave, Sarah, Maddawg, Six22, Whynot, Tammy, Zero, Phoenix, Wind, Stoney, Roberto, Lee, John Buffalo, Double D, Chief, Beth, Sheila, Liz, Chris, Alvin, Gabe, Steve B., Gideon, Felipe, Stevie D, Jack Herer, Julie D., and Peter Gorman, the Crew Chief on Mission Impossible.
Meet the bands who rocked the World Hemp Expo Extravaganja.
On Friday, Portland bliss rockers Calobo were the discovery of the day for out of staters. Seattle funksters Phat Sidy Smokehouse got the crowd moving and made new fans as well. New York’s Mommy delivered a solid set of alternative rock (the band also doubled as Alvin’s stage crew!), but Minneapolis’ Incredible Smoking Bongs scared away the hippies with their raw stoner metal.
With the aid of a few simple techniques, greenhouses can be used to produce bud under natural sunlight all year long. The following is an excerpt from Marijuana Flower Forcing.
The "Green" Curtain
Very Long Nights
Critical Night Length and Spring Crops
Why Force It
Greenhouse flower-forcing is well understood, both for marijuana and for legal flowers. The devices and materials needed are available at many greenhouse-supply companies or can be obtained at most good hardware stores. Growers cultivating marijuana in greenhouses often grow off-season crops (crops that mature at times other than autumn).
Paul Krassner, editor of the recently resurrected magazine The Realist, was once called “the father of the under-ground press”—and immediately demanded a paternity test. He was also the youngest person ever to do a solo performance at Carnegie Hall, a close friend of Lenny Bruce, cofounder of the Yippies, briefly the editor of Hustler magazine, and an acid-tripping partner of Groucho Marx.
We're always interested in seeing what you’ve got growing. Send pictures, tips and war stories to: Grow America, HIGH TIMES, 235 Park Ave. South, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003. For every picture we put in the magazine, we’ll send NORML 25 bucks!
The expense of setting up even a small closet garden is a major concern to most beginning cultivators. Though the initial investment in the necessary equipment can be pricey, there are several ways to cut costs. Keep in mind that the goal is to save money, not cut corners.
To make CO2 using the fermentation process, you’ll need a container that can hold five gallons or more, a lid, and a 6’ to 10’ length of hose around 1/2” in diameter. Cut a hole in the center of the lid large enough for the hose to fit into. Use a silicone-based sealant to seal one end of the hose to the lid.
A lot of growers are put off by computer monitoring systems for their hydroponic systems or growrooms because they think that they have to be utter tech-heads to set them up and use them. Baloney! If you are at all computer-literate, you can handle the Octopus 3000.
For cooling roots and keeping the temperature of hydroponic nutrient solution down during the hot months, try adding block ice to the reservoir. It melts over time and adds needed water to the solution. This worked very well in a room that reached 100°F daily.
Regional, national and international organizations dedicated to freedom, social change and drug-law reform.
NORML 1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 1010 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 483-5500 E-mail: NATLNORML@aol.com Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics and Marijuana-AIDS Research PO Box 21210, Dept. E Washington, DC 20009 (202) 483-8595 American Cannabis Society PO Box 259208 Madison, WI 53715 (608) 255-6227 Californians for Compassionate Use 1444 Market St.
I am looking for tips on how to grow my own. I don’t know anything about it. What should I do? M. Carteret, New Jersey Before you plan a garden or buy any equipment you should read at least one book on growing marijuana. There are a number of good books out there.
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COLOMBIA'S PERPETUAL BLOODBATH With the Landless of Uraba
BUZZ: WILLIAM BURROUGHS R.I.P.
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All you need to know to set up your own hydroponic system. Ganja Girl explains the systems that are available, including a step-by-step guide to setting up your own hydro garden for under $50. Feeding, maintenance, pest control—this is the article for anyone considering the hydroponic option.