John Perry Barlow, life-long friend of Bob Weir, Grateful Dead lyricist and Internet pioneer passed away this week at the all-too young age of 70. Most of the coverage online regarding Barlow’s death focuses on his work protecting online freedoms with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and less about his role with the Dead. The coverage isn’t a knock against his contributions to the Grateful Dead cannon (which were huge), but rather prove what an amazing second set Barlow had in life.
Barlow and Weir teamed up to write some of the most iconic Grateful Dead tunes including “Cassidy”, “Mexicali Blues,” “Black-Throated Wind,” “Looks Like Rain”, “Let It Grow”, “Money Money (Finance Blues)”, “Lazy Lightnin’/Supplication”, “The Music Never Stopped”, “Estimated Prophet”, “Heaven Help the Fool”, “Salt Lake City”, “I Need a Miracle”, “Lost Sailor”, “Saint of Circumstance”, “Hell in a Bucket”, “Throwing Stones”, “My Brother Esau” and “Picasso Moon”. Yep – Barlow is a huge character in the story of the Dead.
Eric Krasno kicked off a three night run at Terrapin Crossroads last night with a free bar show featuring Jay Lane, Ross James, and Bobby Vega. Check out Krasno and friends rocking the Barlow and Weir classic “Cassidy.”
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