From the Stacks

From The Stacks: Various, ‘Pot, Spoon, Pipe and Jug’

Oh, jazz cats. How you love your pharmaceuticals.

Long before drug references hit the mainstream, veiled (and not so veiled) references to drug use could be found in blues and jazz. Over the years, particularly in the ’70s, archivists have compiled the best of these old 78s into LPs.  Keep in mind that a lot of these tracks were recorded by big names: They weren’t just oddball novelties by obscure acts on unknown labels. Take Cab “Minnie the Moocher” Calloway’s “Reefer Man,” for example:

 

People still love these collections, so you can expect to pay around 20 bucks for a clean copy of Pipe, Spoon, Pot and Jug. That’s assuming you haven’t already spent the twenty dollar bill on, um, other things. Happy hunting.

 

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