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RIP John Barlow

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    "Faring thee well now. Let your life proceed by its own design. Nothing to tell now. Let the words be yours, I'm done with mine."

    ~ JP Barlow
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    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 foundation’s 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 band’s 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.

    In his work as a digital activist, Barlow was influenced by the “tapers welcome” philosophy of the Grateful Dead, which famously invited fans to make their own recordings of concerts. In a 2004 interview with Reason, Barlow was prescient about how the internet would evolve as a business platform.

    “I get pilloried for saying this — ‘Oh, Barlow thinks the Grateful Dead model ought to extend to the world’ — but I don’t see any reason why it can’t. It worked for us and it has worked for everyone else I’ve ever seen try it,” Barlow said. “I think that what we stumbled into was a real deep — we didn’t know it at the time — a deep quality of how an information economy works. We really did just stumble into it. We just decided it was morally shaky to toss people out of concerts just because they had tape recorders. It’s bad for your karma to be mean to a Deadhead.”

    Born in Wyoming, Barlow graduated from Wesleyan University in 1969. He operated a livestock company in Wyoming before selling it. He was a member of the External Advisory Council of the National Computational Science Alliance and spent time lecturing about the internet, civil rights, freedom of speech, and the EFF.

    Barlow is survived by three daughters.

    http://variety.com/2018/music/obituaries-people-news/john-barlow-dead-dies-grateful-dead-lyricist-1202691170/
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    08 Feb '18 12:02
    Some of his lyrics here
    https://w2.eff.org/Misc/Publications/John_Perry_Barlow/HTML/barlows_lyrics.html
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    I witnessed the Dead live at the Fillmore West in the mid 1970s. Stupidly did not have my tape recorder at the time. I recall that it was not necessary to bring any weed; one got stoned just breathing in what everyone else was breathing out.
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    09 Feb '18 07:12
    Originally posted by @moonbus
    I witnessed the Dead live at the Fillmore West in the mid 1970s. Stupidly did not have my tape recorder at the time. I recall that it was not necessary to bring any weed; one got stoned just breathing in what everyone else was breathing out.
    If you can figure out the date on which you saw them, I will send you a mixing desk/soundboard recording of the show in mp3.

    You might be able to narrow down the show or run it was using this very handy little resource:

    http://www.setlists.net/
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    09 Feb '18 08:32
    Same offer goes out to anyone who ever saw the Grateful Dead and fancies a memento of the show they saw*. I probably have it in crisp soundboard quality. I don't propose to send anyone pirate copies of any commercial releases ~ what I have are the recordings of the shows that the band 'leaked' quite deliberately to their fans over the years.
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    Anyone take up the offer?
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    Originally posted by @trev33
    Anyone take up the offer?
    My guess is someone did! 😉 We may never know the rest of the story on this one.

    -VR
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    We are grateful they are dead.
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