On Wednesday, it was announced that John Perry Barlow passed away in his sleep at the age of 70. In addition to founding EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and being a pioneer for the free and open-nature of the internet, Barlow was also a key lyricist for the music of the Grateful Dead.
In the wake of his passing, the Dead’s Bob Weir (about to head out on a special tour with Phil Lesh) issued a heartfelt statement about Barlow and what he meant to the band:
This life is fleeting, as we all know – the Muse we serve is not. John had a way of taking life’s most difficult things and framing them as challenges, therefore adventures. He was to be admired for that, even emulated. He’ll live on in the songs we wrote… pic.twitter.com/E29drq80du
— Bob Weir (@BobWeir) February 8, 2018
Barlow and Weir met as teenagers and formed a lifelong friendship that took on a new level once Weir joined the Grateful Dead. As their creative relationship grew, the pair co-wrote Dead classics such as “Cassidy” and “Mexicali Blues,” among others.
May Barlow rest in peace.