Tuesday, April 20, 2010

TheHuffingtonPost: 420 Meaning: The True Story Of How April 20 Became 'Weed Day'

Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, now touring as The Dead. He's just finished a Dead show in Washington, D.C. and gets a pop quiz from the Huffington Post.

Where does 420 come from?

He pauses and thinks, hands on his side. "I don't know the real origin. I know myths and rumors," he says. "I'm really confused about the first time I heard it. It was like a police code for smoking in progress or something. What's the real story?"

Depending on who you ask, or their state of inebriation, there are as many varieties of answers as strains of medical bud in California. It's the number of active chemicals in marijuana. It's teatime in Holland. It has something to do with Hitler's birthday. It's those numbers in that Bob Dylan song multiplied.

The origin of the term 420, celebrated around the world by pot smokers every April 20th, has long been obscured by the clouded memories of the folks who made it a phenomenon.

The Huffington Post chased the term back to its roots and was able to find it in a lost patch of cannabis in a Point Reyes, California forest. Just as interesting as its origin, it turns out, is how it spread.

It starts with the Dead. It was Christmas week in Oakland, 1990. Steven Bloom was wandering through The Lot - that timeless gathering of hippies that springs up in the parking lot before every Grateful Dead concert - when a Deadhead handed him a yellow flyer.


HiddenTrack: Phish 3D - Preview and Spoilers

Phish 3D debuted last night in Burlington at a special screening in town. While we were bummed to hear that the Burble and Borealis don’t get much screen time – neither do the fans – we can’t help but be happy at the songs that made the film. As expected, each tune is shown in its complete form.

Check out the complete preview including Phish 3D setlist spoilers at HiddenTrack



Exclusive "Phish 3D" movie Suzy Greenburg clip!

Check out this exclusive clip, Suzy, from the new concert film, "Phish 3D."


Video: Phish 7.21.1993 "Glide" H.O.R.D.E. Festival ~ Middletown, NY

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Video: Phish 10.21.95 "Highway to Hell" Pershing Auditorium ~ Lincoln, NE


Mr. Miner spills the wine on his least favorite show

Then, the set-killing, thrash-grass of “Scent of A Mule” emanated from the stage. Laughing at this point, my friends and I wondered if the band was pulling some sort of joke on this evening. But, apparently, they weren’t. “Scent” can easily dominate a set with less-than-engaging music centered around the slow, extended “Muel Duel” between Page and Trey. Occasionally a cool segment emerges from said “duel,” but not on this night in 2000. Page and Trey traded intentionally slow and, ultimately, uneventful solos, sucking any energy from the pavilion. A tortuous segment of second-set nonsense, Trey continued the non-jam with a series of sparse effects that created a monotonous chunk in the middle of the second set. The band joined in the effect-laden texture before moving back into the slow, eastern-sounding build of “Mule.”


Video: Phish "Makisupa Policeman" 10.4.99 Redbird Arena ~ Normal, IL



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