John Perry Barlow, one of the two main lyricists for the Grateful Dead, died in his sleep on February 6th at age 70 following a series of illnesses, including a 2015 heart attack. Barlow worked primarily with his teenage boarding school buddy, Dead guitarist Bob Weir, and composed such iconic tunes for the band as “Cassidy,” “Mexicali Blues,” “Black-Throated Wind,” “Money Money,” “The Music Never Stopped,” “Looks Like Rain,” “Estimated Prophet,” “Feel Like A Stranger,” “I Need A Miracle,” “Hell In A Bucket,” and “Throwing Stones among many others.

Rolling Stone posted: “Barlow was also an advocate for civil liberties. In 1990, he co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation with John Gilmore and Mitch Kapor. He published a number of essays, most notably 1996’s A Declaration Of The Independence of Cyberspace, which advocated for an independent internet, void of government rule. . . In 2012, he co-founded Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit that supports free speech in the press. A lyricist, poet and essayist, Barlow’s work has been published in WiredThe New York Times, and Nerve.”

  • Bob Weir told us that he still feels as passionate about performing his Grateful Dead songs today as he did when he was on the road with the late-Jerry Garcia[“I love these tunes. I mean, I love ’em as deeply as I love anything. There was a while that I couldn’t even play ’em ’cause I couldn’t, y’know, I couldn’t — emotionally, I wasn’t ready for it. And then I got lonesome enough for ’em, and then, y’know, every time we’d bring out a new one of those old chestnuts, y’know, I’d get plenty misty — and I still do.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . I still do)

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