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Heroin addicted jazz saxophonist Art Pepper
is confined to hospital in Long Beach, California, USA.
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday
is asked to attend Customs House in New York City, USA, because her former drug convictions have put her in violation of the 1956 Narcotics Control Act.
Disheartened by her lover Ray Charles
' "sex and drugs" lifestyle, vocalist Mary Ann Fisher
plays her last gig as vocalist with his band at The Magnolia Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The American legalization of marijuana movement begins in San Francisco
, when a man walks
into a police station, lights a joint, and asks to be arrested. His
lawyer, James R. White III, then forms LeMar
(for Legalize Marijuana), which will sponsor the first
marijuana-law-reform demonstrations in America. Ed Sanders of
and poet Allen
will set up the New York City branch early in the next
play the last of five consecutive Saturday gigs at The Bridge Theatre, New York City, USA.
and Peter Fonda
attend a party at The Beatles
' rented home in Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills, California, USA. During the party, Fonda and George Harrison
have a conversation which will, in due course, inspire John Lennon
to write the song She Said, She Said. During the day, two girl fans hire a helicopter to fly over the Benedict Canyon mansion, one of whom jumps from it into the swimming pool.
enter the UK singles chart with My Friend Jack
, but a BBC ban quickly comes into effect because of the song's LSD-related lyric, and it never rises above No45.
records the songs The Wall Song, Games, Tamalpais High, Laughing, Wooden Ships, and Kids And Dogs, at Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Some members of the band Mythology
are arrested after a show in Carlisle, England, UK, Europe. Police searched their living quarters at their practice flat and allegedly found marijuana resin. The band members will be fined, and two members Tonny Iommi and Bill Ward, will go on to found Black Sabbath
attends the premiere of his latest movie, Two A Penny
, at the Prince Charles Cinema, London, England, UK, Europe. In the film, Cliff's character is converted to Christianity by American evangelist Billy Graham.
Jet Harris, former bass guitarist with The Shadows
, appears on remand on charges of drinking and driving and possession of drugs, at Marlborough Street Magistrates Court, London, England, UK, Europe.
Two members of Country Joe
And The Fish's touring band, Mark Ryan and Charles Loring IV, attend an arraignment hearing in Keene, New Hampshire, USA. The hearing relates to Ryan and Loring having been arrested two days earlier for possession of marijuana before a show at Franklin Pierce College Field House, Rindge, New Hampshire. Country Joe
, Barry Melton and Bill Belmont were charged with being in the vicinity of the others.
Baroness Erisso flies from London, England, UK, Europe, to be with her daughter, Marianne Faithfull
, in St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia, Oceania
, who has been in a coma since taking a drug overdose some days earlier. The singer is in Australia with her boyfriend, Mick Jagger
of The Rolling Stones
who is playing the leading role in a movie adaptation of the story the notorious outlaw Ned Kelly.
Crazed hippy cult leader Charles Manson
- who has close ties with members of The Beach Boys
- is arrested at Barker Ranch in Death Valley, California, USA. and charged with grand theft auto.
instructs his lawyer, Henry Steingarten, to re-establish him as half-owner in Electric Lady Recording Studio, New York City, USA. Later, at The Record Plant
, Hendrix records Honey Bed and Night Bird Flying.
, bass player for Jimi Hendrix
, is flown home to Pennsylvania, USA, from London, UK, to recover at home with his parents from a bad LSD trip.
The John Sinclair Freedom Rally, a protest and benefit concert in response the imprisonment of John Sinclair for possession of marijuana, takes place in Crisler Arena, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Artists appearing include John Lennon
and Yoko Ono
, Stevie Wonder
, Phil Ochs
, The Up, Commander Cody
And His Lost Planet Airmen, Bob Seger
, Archie Shepp
, Joy of Cooking, David Peel and Teegarden And Van Winkle. Speakers at the evnt include Alan Ginsberg, Jerry Rubin and Ed Sanders.
Stiff Records in the UK release Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll, the first single by Ian Dury and the Blockheads
And The Wailers play to an audience of 32,000 at Grona Lund, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, establishing a record crowd for the venue.
At a Ted Nugent
gig in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, over thirty people are arrested for violence and drugs-related offences.
Malcolm Owen, singer with UK punk-reggae band The Ruts
, dies aged 26 of a heroin overdose while in the bath at his mother's house. Horrified by Owen's death, The Damned
will write their song The Limit Club.
The Cult play in an anti-heroin campaign show at The Royal Festival Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
Having been on the run from the law since 25 November, David Crosby
surrenders himself to FBI officials in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
Heroin user Hillel Slovak, guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
, is found dead, aged 26, having died alone in his apartment two days earlier.
turns himself in to police in St. Charles, Missouri, USA, in connection with charges involving drugs and sex.
The Grateful Dead
play the first of three nights of concerts in Atlanta, Georgia, during which local police will confiscate 4,856 tabs of acid, 29 bags of mushrooms, 24 lids of marijuana, one vial of crack and 18 nitrous oxide cylinders. 57 arrests will be made.
is arrested at Houston Airport, Houston, Texas, USA, for possessing five grams of marijuana. Authorities decline to press charges because the amount is so insignificant.
Former Guns N'Roses
drummer Steven Adler is sentenced to 150 days in jail for attacking two women in separate domestic violence incidents, which also violates his probation from a 1997 conviction in another domestic violence case. He is additionally sentenced to three years of probation, with the conditions of undergoing a year of domestic violence counseling and a ban on using illegal drugs.
, vocalist with Alice In Chains, is found dead at home in Seattle, Washington. Heroin equipment is found nearby, and police report that he may have lain undiscovered for up to two weeks.
, troubled former singer with British band The Libertines
, is granted reduced bail at Snaresbrook Crown Court, London, England, UK, Europe, in order to enable him to play a concert with his new band Babyshambles
In a series of Twitter.com posts, Sinead O'Connor
states that she has taken an overdose of pills and has been pleading for psychiatric help to overcome her depression.
Having spent three and a half years in prison on death row, rapper Boosie Badazz
is released early from his eight year sentence, having now been found not guilty of the murder by shooting of 35-year-old Terry Boyd in 2010.
The Guardian newspaper reports that the family of deceased reggae star Bob Marley
has teamed up with a private equity firm to launch Marley Natural
, a cannabis product offering "heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains" inspired by the ones Marley enjoyed.