Thursday, 19 March 2015

Soft Machine - Poem For Hoppy (Live at UFO in 2/6/67)

This was the day after John Hopkins was sent down for 9 months. Arrested for cannabis possession, Hopkins elected for trial by jury. In court on 1 June 1967, Hopkins claimed that cannabis was harmless and that the law should be changed. The judge, describing him as "a pest to society", sentenced Hopkins to nine months in prison for keeping premises for the smoking of cannabis and possession of cannabis, although he served only six months. Hoppy started UFO with Joe Boyd whose voice is heard at the beginning saying to "cut the record"

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