Revisiting Truman Capote’s Tipsy High Times Cover

The arrival of a new book about the colorful 40-year-history of High Times magazine is refocusing attention on some of the publication’s most memorable covers.

Tommy Chong, who holds the record for most High Times cover appearances over the years (by a human) at eight, started that run in April 1980 with partner Cheech Marin. The pair were shown reading copies of Fortune and Money.

Then there’s the December 1978 cover featuring Truman Capote and Andy Warhol, to go along with some crazy, pot-rewritten Christmas carols. As the Warhol Museum recently reminded, the plan was initially for something a little different:

Their photo shoot took place on Sept. 26, 1978 and is detailed in Warhol’s entry that day in his book The Andy Warhol Diaries. As he recounted later that day: “[Toni, from High Times] had a Santa costume for me and a little girl outfit for Truman. But Truman wasn’t in the mood to go into drag, he said that he was already dressed like a little boy. Truman was really drunk, hugging around.”

Incidentally, the High Times book (with forward by Chong) has been out a week now and there are, at press time, ZERO Amazon customer reviews. C’mon, 420 Nation… Get to it!

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Truman Capote vs. Swifty Lazar – When the L.A. Times Ran Gossip

Image via: hightimes.com


@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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