The Pope Smokes Dope

Exhibition extended until August 28th

The Pope Smokes Dope
Cannabis Records & Covers

1st June 2016 – 28th August 2016
Opening: Wednesday, 1st June 2016, at 7.30 p.m.

"It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics... dope and all that crap. It's a thousand times better than whiskey - it's an assistant - a friend." - Louis Armstrong

The history of modern music and the use of marijuana are closely knit. The new temporary exhibition of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Barcelona takes its title from the album “The Pope Smokes Dope” (1972) by New York-based musician David Peel. This album, produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, contains six songs, including the track “Everybody’s Smoking Marijuana”. Together with several other controversial album covers from the museum’s collection, “The Pope Smokes Dope” shows that the cannabis plant is a fundamental element of entire genres of music, and has served both a source of inspiration and for recreational purposes. Not merely for jazz and reggae musicians, but also for rock, hip hop and alternative dance artists.

Among the exhibition’s highlights are Jefferson Airplane’s “Long Silver John” (1972), “Legalize It” (1975) by Peter Tosh, and Groove Armada’s “Purple Haze” (2002). The original album cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Long Silver John” folds up into a replica of a cigar box with the inside covered with a photograph of marijuana. Peter Tosh’s debut album and title track “Legalize It” was written as a political piece pushing for the legalization of cannabis, particularly for medical use. Attempts to suppress the song in Jamaica failed, and instead catapulted the reggae musician to international fame. And the album cover art of Groove Armada’s track “Purple Haze” refers in a Warhol-esque way to Purple Haze, a strain of cannabis developed by White Label Seeds Company known for its purple colour and high potency. The strain, on its turn, is named after Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 song of the same name; music and marijuana coming full circle.

Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

The collection of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum consists of over 12,000 cannabis related items and is divided over two venues, a canal house in downtown Amsterdam and a Modernista palace in Barcelona. On the occasion of Amsterdam's Red Light Jazz Festival, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Amsterdam organizes an interactive lecture titled "Marijuana and Music: A Match Made in Heaven" by Barend Toet (Dutch pop music expert and founder of the influential music magazine OOR), on Saturday, June 4th at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Organisation: Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum Amsterdam/Barcelona
Address: Palau Mornau’s ground floor. Carrer Ample 35, Barcelona
Dates: Wednesday, 1st June 2016 – Sunday, 28th August 2016
Exhibit hours: 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Entrance: free admission to the temporary exhibition; please check our entrance prices to visit the permanent exhibition.

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