High Times Greats: Larry “Ratso” Sloman

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Larry “Ratso” Sloman, who turns 70 on July 9, talks about the highs and lows of his illustrious career in an April, 1999 interview with Carlo McCormick.


In a medium cluttered with hacks, Larry “Ratso” Sloman has always been something of a visionary. Whether it’s Thin Ice (1984), the Spinal Tap of sports books, or his classic tour diary On the Road With Bob Dylan: Rolling With the Thunder (1978), a book somehow beloved by its irascible subject (Joni Mitchell gave Sloman the moniker Ratso, but it was Dylan who made it stick), his work is epically hilarious. And let’s not forget that Ratso is also the secret collaborator behind Howard Stern’s best-selling books, Private Parts (1993) and Miss America (1995). 1999 ushered in two more mighty tomes from Ratso’s prolific pen: Steal This Dream: Abbie Hoffman and the Counterculture Revolution Against America, an oral history of the Yippie warrior, and a much overdue reissue of his landmark marijuana history, Reefer…

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