I Can’t Keep From Crying, Sometimes

Yesterday, I lost one of my heroes. Alvin Lee was the dynamic personality fronting Ten Years After, one of the most underrated and forgotten bands of the Sixties. They started off as a blues/jazz fusion band (very similar to a joke in Spinal Tap) and then were pretty much 100% pure blues until 1969. That’s […]

Live Blogging At Summer 67 Monterey!

So far at 10 AM or so, it’s cloudy and there’s hardly anyone here but some hardcore types. I’ve seen The Dude,  Roddy McDowell, some classic hippie chicks (mostly grown)…or at least their doppelgangers. First World problem: can’t get a fast mobile Internet connection on my Android phone. Definitely not something we worried about in […]

Old Hippie Kenobi

Ask Old Hippie: How Have Words About Marijuana Changed Since The Sixties?

We never heard of “smoking out” or “smoking up” anyone. It was “getting high with”, “turning on”, “smoking grass with”. We called it “grass” among ourselves; “pot” was something parents or news media said. Nobody ever said “marijuana” unless they were talking to an authority figure or were being cute. “Turn on”, of course, was […]

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There’s No Such Thing As Marijuana

You know how everyone seems to say either, “Marijuana is bad” or “Marijuana is good”? You know how some people say, “People can get paranoid from smoking pot” or “Medical marijuana helps people with paranoia, anxiety, and depression”? You know how one person can say, “I got really screwed up after smoking weed and passed […]