Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance couldn’t have known what the state of the music industry would be when their label, Merge Records, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Had the two musicians-turned-label-heads known, they may have packed up their dreams and moved on to more promising ventures.
Shirley Halperin and Steve Bloom
Written by Steve Bloom, a former editor at High Times, and Shirley Halperin, a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly and former contributor to High Times and Rolling Stone, Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life is the new bible of all things 4:20. With a foreword written by the ultimate celebrity stoner, Tommy Chong, Pot Culture is already an overwhelming success, with pre-order sales prompting a second run of the book as soon as it was released.
Sean Manning, Editor (Da Capo)
Everyone has one — that show. The show where everything changed… the way you looked at music, the way you felt about it, or it made you feel. Maybe it was when you started to see things differently, emerged from your youth or your parents’ or your friends’ perspectives. Whatever it was, though, you can still close your eyes and not just remember, but be there.