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Howard Marks shares a smoke with a member of the audience at the Ocean in London

 

 

 

May 3,2001 - London - We went to see Howard Marks, the famous pot dealer give a talk in London at the Ocean Rooms. He takes a firm stand for the legalization of all recreational drugs, and he's very funny and persuasive. One point he made as he took a drink of wine, was that Jesus' first miracle was to turn water into wine, which Howard said was a very good way to win friends. Then he pointed out that Jesus said at the Last Supper to drink the wine in rememberance of Him, but the Church nowadays only gives out a thimble full at a time. Howard said they should drink the whole bottle and get loaded and see God!

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Bob Gruen is one of the most well known and respected photographers in Rock and Roll. By the mid '70s he was already regarded as one of the foremost documenters of the scene working with major attractions such as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Kiss etc., and also covering the emerging New Wave and Punk bands including The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones & Blondie.