Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A History of the Stone(d) Age

I have to admit that I have never given stoner culture much thought. For someone of my generation stoner culture was just always there. I grew up on Dobie Gillis, the Doobie Brothers, and Scoobie Doo. I mean, Shaggy was ALWAYS hungry. Then there was The Dude from The Big Lebowski, Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Cheech and Chong from well, Cheech and Chong. Everyone laughed at Reefer Madness. Stoners were just part of the cultural wallpaper.

Wasn't it always like that?

Well I've now been enlightened (there's a pun in there somewhere) thanks to a recent article on Vulture.com which lays out the history of stoner culture from the publication of The Hasheesh Eater in 1857 (who knew?) to Snoop Dogg and beyond. Its time for all good KultureKats and Kittens to stare deeply at that wallpaper and unpack its complexities.


Here's the link to the aforementioned article, The Making of the Modern Stoner

And I feel the need to pick out the perfect stoner meme as a gift from my generation to your's. As I've already pointed out, there are SOOOO many from which to choose.

After careful consideration, I offer to you Arlo Guthrie's 1969 performance at Woodstock of "Coming Into Los Angeles". It's known, but not a cliche, and it escapes the attention of the Vulture.com article. I hope you enjoy it.

Finally for a few more stoner memes, visit the KultureKat board at Pinterest.

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