This day-glow green volume is 300 pages of mostly images from the cannabis bible, High Times.
Covering 1974-2014 the book illustrates the move from a “political farce that became a political force.” During which, both the magazine and cannabis culture moved from the fringes of the counterculture to the center of popular culture.
The book focuses more on the covers and visually interesting spreads rather than the classic “weed porn” plant centerfolds. Its a great flip thru of pop culture. Starting in the 70s with Hunter S Thompson, Lou Reed and Warhol on the covers, it moves into the 80s with optimistic articles like “Electronic Drugs” from 1988, or “Future Drugs they’re all in your head,” imagining what the future high would be like.
The production value of the magazine rose in the 90s as conversations and coverage about weed became more widespread. Artists such as Ice Cube, Redman, and Cypress Hill are featured on covers and symbolize the synonymous relationship between hip-hop and cannabis. Even today, heavy smokers are becoming more and more recognized in mainstream markets as High Times continues to showcase underground influences.
High-resolution photos of super potent buds seem to dominate the covers of the 2000’s as technology advanced and progress in growing reached new highs.
No magazine has documented the history of cannabis as detailed and culturally relevant as High Times. This is a visually striking book and an entertaining post puff addition to any coffee table. I highly recommended it.