Bob Weir Posts Heartfelt Statement Remembering Grateful Dead Lyricist John Perry Barlow, Who Died at 70

Bob Weir Posts Heartfelt Statement Remembering Grateful Dead Lyricist John Perry Barlow, Who Died at 70

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:

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.

2 Responses to "Bob Weir Posts Heartfelt Statement Remembering Grateful Dead Lyricist John Perry Barlow, Who Died at 70"

  1. Steve Holmes   February 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Barlow’s influence was felt by more than we can fathom as mere mortals. Like those that went before him, hearts will reach out to that which is his new existence. His life has touched so many through music and his work with interactive electronic media on the internet will live on, as the spirit of the communities that he lived with will continue on. Rest easy and may your course continue to climb to better places and things wherever and whatever that may be

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  2. Rich   February 11, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Barlow and Weir compositions are part of our American culture and will be played forever. What a great lyricist. Hard to imagine Bobby’s songs without the great images from those words. Two words- thank you!

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