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Main Discussion Area => In Memoriam, Happy Birthday => Topic started by: dischead on February 07, 2018, 05:27:05 PM

Title: RIP John Perry Barlow, 70
Post by: dischead on February 07, 2018, 05:27:05 PM


"John Perry Barlow, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and an Internet pioneer, died on Wednesday. He was 70.

"The news was announced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which Barlow co-founded and
promotes freedom of expression in digital media.  In a blog post on its website, the foundationís executive
director, Cindy Cohn, wrote that Barlow "passed away quietly in his sleep."

"Barlow co-wrote songs with members of the Grateful Dead from 1971 until the group disbanded in 1995.
Some of tunes he helped pen include "Cassidy," "Heaven Help the Fool," "Black-Throated Wind," "Looks Like
Rain," and "Mexicali Blues."  He also wrote four songs on the bandís 1989 album titled "Built to Last" and an
additional song, "We Can Run," on the 2004 reissue.

"In addition to songwriting, Barlow was heavily involved activism for digital freedom.  He co-founded the EFF
in 1990, and has been credited with first coining the term "cyberspace" in its current definition that same
year.  He wrote essays about the impact of the Internet for multiple publications including Wired and the
New York Times, and his 1996 essay "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace" has been long
circulated across the web."
Title: Re: RIP John Perry Barlow, 70
Post by: ggould on February 07, 2018, 06:11:42 PM

A big loss.  I remember meeting him once backstage, and for some stupid reason, couldn't say his name.  I knew who he was, but kept using other first names besides John.  I wasn't even stoned!  I think I even called him Bruce Barlow, the old bass player from Commander Cody's band!  Hard job to be the 'other writer' to Robert Hunter.  But he wrote some good ones for sure.
Title: Re: RIP John Perry Barlow, 70
Post by: ggould on February 07, 2018, 06:25:30 PM
another memory was a Frost Amphitheater.  He was on the side of the stage when Brent was doing one of the early versions of "Just a Little Light."  I think this was one of the best songs off of Built to Last.  It was great to see Barlow so involved in the performance of the song he wrote, singing along with the lyrics.