Was a legendary punk rocker arrested for possession of Ã¢?Å soap?
That's the question surrounding last week's jailing of Germs drummer Don Bolles after a traffic stop in Newport Beach.
Bolles, 50, whose real name is Jimmy Michael Giorsetti, said in an interview that he and his girlfriend were driving to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Wednesday evening when police pulled over his 1968 Dodge van for a broken taillight.
Inside the vehicle, police found a toiletry kit containing denture glue, razors and a bottle of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap.
Bolles insisted the soap was only soap. "I've been using Dr. Bronner's for 35 years," he said Tuesday, adding that the organic ingredients help give him the complexion of a 15-year-old girl.
How many forons use Dr. Bronner's? I remember Marvell saying something about that. As you might expect from reading the label, the guy behind the soap had an interesting history. From the Straight Dope:
Initially settling in the midwest, Bronner married the illegitimate daughter of a nun, who eventually became suicidal and died in a mental hospital. (He says she was tortured by the hospital guards.) He also began devising his plan for world peace. Fittingly, he took to the soapbox to promote it. One of his listeners, Fred Walcher, was so inspired that in 1945 he had himself crucified in Chicago in order to publicize the plan. (He survived.)
Later Bronner was arrested while trying to promote his plan at the University of Chicago and was committed to a mental hospital. He escaped three times, finally fleeing to California in 1947. He's been there cranking out soap and soap labels ever since. [....]
What other substance could possibly tie together fornicating nuns, world peace, self-crucifixion, mental hospital escapees, The Germs, date-rape drugs, Al-Anon, "the complexion of a 15-year-old girl", hemp oil, and the Moral ABCs?