Interview With Abbie Hoffman • High Times

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When Abbie Hoffman got busted for cocaine and then skipped bail, Jerry Rubin predicted he’d be caught immediately. Six years later, High Times sent Jerry underground to talk to Abbie about how he’s evaded the government, why he distrusts Tom Hayden, what the ’60s were all about and why he never wants to be Abbie Hoffman again. Read the full February, 1980 interview below, republished in honor of Abbie Hoffman’s death on April 12, 1989 at the age of 52.


Stoned is the best way to appreciate Abbie Hoffman.

Once one of the most visible and persistent symbols of the ’60s, the mythmaking co-founder of the Yippies (along with Jerry Rubin] has been a fugitive for the last six years, ever since his 1973 arrest in New York for conspiracy to sell cocaine.

Since then, the 43-year-old madcap political prankster has lived underground as another person, changing his features with plastic surgery and shedding identities as frequently as a snake does its skin. Unable as…

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