Steven Hager

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I started out writing black comedy, but I'm best known as the first reporter to document hip hop and the instigator of the film Beat Street. I also founded the Cannabis Cup, organized the first 420 ceremonies outside of Marin County, and launched the hemp movement with Jack Herer while writing some landmark conspiracy articles.

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What's your latest project?
Abakus magazine, published in Aspen Colorado. The first issue will have a story about Dr. Hunter S. Thompson with a cover by Jeff Wood.
When did you start writing?
I wrote a propaganda poem in the 5th Grade titled "What American Means to Me," filled with platitudes and published behind a glass case at the entrance to the school for a few months. The next year, I wrote my first novel which was heavily influenced by the Tom Swift and Tom Corbett series that had been published for teens of an earlier generation, books I'd discovered while visiting my grandparents in Southeastern Kansas.
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Books

The Ultimate Film Guide; Part 4: Sci Fi, History, Drama, Bios, Sports
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Price: Free! Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
This post-modern film guide effortlessly navigates stream options, trailers, ratings, reviews and purchasing options, while staying completely up-to-date thanks to hyperlinks. Two hundred films are included in the series, separated into four books of 50 each, divided by genres. Part four covers the best sci fi, period, drama, bio and sports films.
The Ultimate Film Guide; Part 3: Horror, War, Animation, Docs, Epics
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
This post-modern film guide effortlessly navigates stream options, trailers, ratings, reviews and purchasing options, while staying completely up-to-date thanks to hyperlinks. Two hundred films are included in the series, separated into four books of 50 each, divided by genres. Part three covers the best horror, war, animation, documentary and epic films.
The Ultimate Film Guide; Part 2: Stoners, Music, Action, Foreign, Fantasy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
This post-modern film guide effortlessly navigates stream options, trailers, ratings, reviews and purchasing options, while staying completely up-to-date thanks to hyperlinks. Two hundred films are included in the series, separated into four books of 50 each, divided by genres. Part two covers the best stoner, musical, action, foreign and fantasy films.
The Ultimate Film Guide; Part 1: Cowboys, Spooks, Noir, Clowns and Wiseguys
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Price: Free! Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts
This post-modern film guide effortlessly navigates stream options, trailers, ratings, reviews and purchasing options, while staying completely up-to-date thanks to hyperlinks. Two hundred films are included in the series, divided into four books of 50 each, separated by genres. Part one covers the best westerns, spy flicks, film noir, comedies and gangster movies.
The Bitcoin Revolution
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Series: Adventures in Journalism, Book 14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,760. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Category: Essay » Political
Bitcoin is rapidly transforming the financial landscape with a peer-to-peer solution for wealth transfer. It has already shown the capacity to absorb tremendous resources and withstand crisis sell-offs. Read this short ebook to understand why you should invest in this revolutionary computer art meets cryptography concept.
The New Pot Enlightenment
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Series: Opinions and essays, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Category: Essay » Political
With legalization sweeping the world, what's needed is a more mature attitude toward cannabis. Former High Times Editor-in-Chief Steven Hager has spent a lifetime on the front lines of the legalization movement and has long stressed responsible use and the need to keep cannabis away from children (unless they have a medical need).
Everything You Need To Know About The JFK Assassination
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Series: Adventures in Journalism, Book 13. You set the price! Words: 20,970. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
Although many books tell you we don't know who killed John F. Kennedy, the truth has been available for years to anyone who wants to look deeply into the evidence. Numerous sources from inside the CIA and organized crime have revealed what they knew about the plot over the years and Lee Harvey Oswald was just a patsy.
Enlightenment is Fun
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Series: Opinions and essays, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,890. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
All magic and religion works under the same rules and by blending all the great spiritual traditions the modern shaman can disarm the dark sorcerers who manipulate religions to manifest war for profit. Take bell, book & candle to eleven with the power of seven. This is the official handbook of the Temple Dragon Crew, guardians of sacred spaces and champions of Improvisational Ritual Theater.
Secret Societies
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Series: Adventures in Journalism, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,230. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » Contemporary political
From the origins of the Sicilian "men of honor" society in New Orleans, to the tomb of Yale's Skull & Bones in Connecticut, secret societies have long held a hidden influence over our lives.
My Chomsky Critique
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Series: Opinions and essays, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013. Category: Essay » Political
Noam Chomsky exploded on the academic scene while I was a graduate student in 1977, but, since I'd already had my world views rearranged by Thomas Kuhn, I never really could buy into the Chomsky fan club or a lot of their dogmas.
Paradigms and Perception
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Series: Opinions and essays, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2013. Category: Essay » Sociology
What is popular culture and how does it evolve and grow? How do people establish core beliefs and do these beliefs affect their perception of the universe? These questions are probed in this groundbreaking essay.
The I Hate L.A. Campaign
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Series: Opinions and essays, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Sometimes all it takes to turn a city around is a well-timed, well-executed promotional campaign.
My Tragic Love Affair
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Series: Fiction, plays and screenplays, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Two college kids meet and fall in love in the Midwest. After graduation, they move to New York City to look for careers, and things rapidly fall apart.
The Great Phase 2
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Series: History of Hip Hop, Book 3 · Adventures in Journalism, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art history
One of the most elusive pioneers of New York City graffiti granted a rare interview in 1982.
Nothing is Everything
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Series: Fiction, plays and screenplays, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 3,800. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
(4.00 from 1 review)
Ever find yourself in a dead-end with no future? Years after graduating from college with an art degree, Bugsy finds himself on a treadmill to nowhere and wonders how everything went wrong in the first place.
Mrs. Rose's Boarding House
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Series: Fiction, plays and screenplays, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,910. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2012. Category: Plays » American / African American
Four factory workers living in a run-down area of a city struggle to make sense out of their desolate lives. This play was designed to capture the mood of the mid-1970s, when many who'd just lived through the tumultuous sixties suddenly found their future seemed to be closing down instead of opening up.
Is the Art World Ready for Graffiti?
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Series: History of Hip Hop, Book 1 · Adventures in Journalism, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
(4.00 from 1 review)
On April 9, 1981, a graffiti exhibit titled "Beyond Words" opened at the Mudd Club Art Gallery. Covering this event was my first major foray into the world of hip hop.
The Pied Piper of Hip Hop
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Series: History of Hip Hop, Book 2 · Adventures in Journalism, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,390. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
This extensive profile of Afrika Bambaataa was the first time the words "hip hop" appeared in the Village Voice and this story woke many people up to the fact that rap music, break dancing and graffiti were all artistically connected.
The Doomsday Brigade
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Series: Adventures in Journalism, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism
During the summer of 1981, fears of Armageddon swept across the land as people organized for the complete breakdown of society.
Rock's First Diva
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Series: Adventures in Journalism, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
Arlene Smith was only 16-years-old when she became the first female rock star to emerge from the world of R&B, fronting her group, The Chantels. She forged a trail later traveled by Ronnie Spector and Diana Ross.
Dirty Money
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Series: Adventures in Journalism, Book 10 · Opinions and essays, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » Contemporary political
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this brief history of banking, the author traces the shadow of corruption that has followed the banking industry throughout recorded history accompanied by lavish illustrations.
Cannabis Cures Cancer?
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Series: Adventures in Journalism, Book 11. You set the price! Words: 8,820. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Scientists, Inventors
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Does cannabis cure cancer? There are many stories but little scientifically verifiable evidence. Cancer is a big subject and easily misunderstood. But there is no doubt cannabis has anti-cancer effects, so why does the US government pretend it has no legitimate medical uses?
The Stockholm Manifesto
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Series: Fiction, plays and screenplays, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 2,930. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A peek inside the mind of an American refugee stranded penniless in Sweden during the height of the Vietnam War.
True Ghost Stories
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Series: Adventures in Journalism, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » New Age » The Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Three true-life ghost stories in New York City are investigated in this brief article on ghosts. The final story is by far the scariest and as far as I know, I'm the only reporter who ever wrote about Jean and Patti, who experienced something so terrifying they had to seek professional help to deal with the trauma.
Bugging Out on the Endless Peak
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Series: History of Hip Hop, Book 4 · Adventures in Journalism, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,540. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Dance music
Three years ago, the Buggas ruled the Fun House, but now the Juice Crew is on top! Just don't mess with White Lightning, or your gonna get burned! The Story of New York City's legendary Fun House.
The Steam Tunnels
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Series: Fiction, plays and screenplays, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,790. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
(4.00 from 1 review)
It's 1967 and Blake Moore is having big problems at home. He's on the cusp of the Generation War, and it's not a particularly easy time to be an anti-establishment teenager.
East Village
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Series: Fiction, plays and screenplays, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Yukyuk is a speed freak and Harry sells weed and hash from his one-room apartment on 11th Street. One warm summer night in 1967, they have a problem, and that problem ends in murder.
Looking for the Perfect Beat
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Series: History of Hip Hop, Book 5 · Fiction, plays and screenplays, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,070. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012. Category: Screenplays » Musical
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is the original script that later became the film "Beat Street" released by Orion Pictures.
Art After Midnight: The East Village Scene
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Series: Adventures in Journalism, Book 9. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,540. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the 1980s the art world turned upside down as punks and graffiti artists suddenly catapulted to center stage. This insightful book captures the social environment that launched artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, while chronicling the rise and fall of the East Village scene. Now updated with exclusive never-before-seen photos and images.
Hip Hop
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Series: History of Hip Hop, Book 6 · Adventures in Journalism, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,030. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Rap and hip hop
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the early 1980s, I became the first reporter to travel to the South Bronx to document the origins of hip hop and this book remains the most authentic portrait of the first generation. It was recently updated with never-before-seen photos and illustrations.

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Smashwords book reviews by Steven Hager

  • I Find Trouble on Feb. 03, 2012

    Dave, you ARE the new Bruce Willis of our time. Great story and glad to see you exercise those creative talents you have! Little advice: run spell check and then republish :)!
  • Growing Up in the 60s Wasn’t All Fun and Games on March 01, 2012

    Outstanding stories from the Generations Wars of the 1960s.
  • The Sun Temple on July 19, 2013

    Mindblowing. Some of the most profound descriptions of the sacramental powers of cannabis ever put to words. Would make a wonderful script for a film.