R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

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Re: R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

Post by Denver Man » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:19 am

RIP Mr Barlow
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Re: R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

Post by 66slim » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:40 am

His words struck a chord with many and I truly believe he wanted to leave the world a better place than the one he found. RIP

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Post by Kevman » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:18 am

I've always been amazed at the beauty of his lyrics, they always seemed to paint a very detailed picture. And so intricate as well.

If I remember correctly he was a friend of JFK Jr. When John John was missing I recall Barlow was on tv talking about him.


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Re: R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

Post by KC.Jones » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:27 am

Been listening to Barlow songs all morning. Hopefully Hunter pens a memorial.
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Re: R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

Post by Boxorain » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:04 pm

Super sweet setlist Patch
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Re: R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

Post by patchthenation » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:37 pm

Very nice write up in The NY Times: https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nyt ... s.amp.html
John Perry Barlow, a former cowpoke, Republican politician and lyricist for the Grateful Dead whose affinity for wide open spaces and free expression transformed him into a leading defender of an unfettered internet, died on Wednesday at his home in San Francisco. He was 70.

His death was confirmed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which he helped found in San Francisco in 1990. No cause was given, but the organization said he had been ailing after a heart attack in 2015.

At his death, Mr. Barlow was a vice chairman of the foundation, which has been in the vanguard of legal challenges to government constraints on cyberspace — a term he helped popularize in 1990 to describe boundless digital telecommunications networks.

“There are a lot of similarities between cyberspace and open space,” Mr. Barlow, who was raised on his family’s 22,000-acre cattle ranch in Wyoming, told People magazine in 1995. “There is a lot of room to define yourself. You can literally make yourself up.”

His plea for an open internet was inspired, in part, by the Grateful Dead’s uncommon practice of welcoming audiences to record the band’s concerts.

Lawyers recruited or supported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation were instrumental in winning court rulings that granted electronic mail the same privacy protection as telephone calls, and that defined written software code as free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The foundation was formed by Mr. Barlow; Mitchell Kapor, the former president of Lotus Development Corporation; and John Gilmore, one of the first employees of Sun Microsystems.

In 1995, Mr. Kapor called Mr. Barlow “the uncrowned poet laureate of cyberspace.”

Cindy Cohn, the foundation’s executive director, said in a statement that Mr. Barlow “was sometimes held up as a straw man for a kind of naïve techno-utopianism that believed that the internet could solve all of humanity’s problems without causing any more.”

But his “lasting legacy,” she said, “is that he devoted his life to making the internet into ‘a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.’ ”

More than a defender of the internet, Mr. Barlow had many guises in an uneven evolution from an only child whose nearest neighbor lived four miles away to a corporate consultant and citizen of the world.

From around 1971 until the Grateful Dead disbanded after the founding member Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995 (though the group periodically reunited in different configurations and under different names for many years after, and performed what were billed as its last concerts in 2015), he wrote lyrics for such well-known songs as “Estimated Prophet,” “Cassidy,” “The Music Never Stopped,” “Mexicali Blues” and “Hell in a Bucket.”

He contributed to some 30 Grateful Dead 30 songs in all, many with the guitarist and singer Bob Weir, a founding member, and others with the keyboardists Brent Mydland and Vince Welnick, who were later additions to the group.

Mr. Barlow said he had decided to try his hand at writing lyrics mostly to attract women. “I thought it was a misuse of the holy gift of poetry,” he said. “Then I realized, this is what poetry has always been for.”

He was born on Oct. 3, 1947, in northwestern Wyoming, near Pinedale, on a ranch that a great-uncle had started in 1907. His parents were Norman Barlow, a Republican state legislator, and the former Miriam Jenkins.

John attended a one-room elementary school. Brought up in the Mormon faith, he was barred from watching television until he was in the sixth grade.

As a rambunctious teenager prone to discipline and academic lapses, he was dispatched by his parents to Fountain Valley School in Colorado. He described it as “a great place for people who are intelligent and intractable.”

He forged a lifelong friendship there with Mr. Weir, a guitar-toting fellow student who would found the Grateful Dead with Mr. Garcia and others in 1965.

As a student at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Mr. Barlow took LSD trips with the Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary in Millbrook, N.Y., where Dr. Leary and others were living in a grand Georgian house. He graduated in 1969 with a degree in comparative religion.

Passing up an opportunity to attend Harvard Law School, Mr. Barlow embarked instead on a journey to India and other destinations to complete a novel, which was never published.

A memoir, “Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times,” which Mr. Barlow wrote with Robert Greenfield, is to be published this year.

Mr. Barlow joined the Grateful Dead as a nonresident lyricist in the early 1970s. In 1972, after his father died, he returned to Wyoming to manage the family’s debt-ridden ranch, the Bar Cross Land & Livestock Company. (Jaqueline Onassis sent John F. Kennedy Jr. to work as a wrangler there in 1978.) Mr. Barlow remained there for almost 20 years while continuing to contribute lyrics to the Grateful Dead.

In Wyoming, he was chairman of the Sublette County Republican Party for a time and a coordinator for the 1978 congressional campaign of Dick Cheney, whose conservative politics Mr. Barlow later disavowed.

His 1977 marriage to Elaine Parker ended in divorce. In 1994 his fiancé, Dr. Cynthia Horner, died suddenly. His survivors include three daughters, Amelia, Anna and Leah, and a granddaughter.

When Mr. Barlow turned 30, he drew up what he called 25 “Principles of Adult Behavior.” No. 15 was “Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.”

His preoccupation with the internet dated from the mid-1980s, when he began using a computer to manage the ranch’s finances. In 1986 he became a director of the WELL (the initials stand for Whole Earth ’Lectronic Link), an online community that drew members from the worlds of music, publishing and technology.

“On the WELL, he is the No. 1 digital Deadhead, equal parts beat poet and P. T. Barnum,” Craig Bromberg wrote in The New York Times Magazine in 1991.

Mr. Barlow, an emeritus fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, was also a founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation in San Francisco, which promotes adversarial reporting and internet advocacy. The foundation’s president is Edward Snowden, the former government intelligence analyst who leaked secret documents to journalists in 2013.

Yet for all Mr. Barlow’s internet advocacy, there were limits to his own internet use. He came to complain about feeling “constantly oppressed by all of the beeping and buzzing and whining” of computers, and by “discussion groups on the net, which I found very easy to leave once the signal-to-noise ratio deteriorated to the point where I didn’t dig it any more.”

Still, in 1996 he issued a declaration of independence for — not from — the internet.

It proclaimed: “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone.”

He championed not only a right to speak freely on the web but also what he called “a right to know” all the information that it offers. And he endorsed the creation of communities through encounters in cyberspace.

But he warned against “the modern plague of boredom,” which he attributed to society’s desire to homogenize human experience, from fast food to television.

“I remember one of the few truly Buddhist things that my very non-Buddhist Wyoming mother said to me when I was little,” he told the social theorist bell hooks in 1995 on lionsroar .com, a Buddhist website. “I’d complain about being bored and she’d say, ‘Anyone who’s bored isn’t paying close enough attention.’ ”
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Re: R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

Post by KC.Jones » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:13 pm

Beautiful tribute :grouphug :beer_cheer
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Re: R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

Post by Tone Weaver » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:20 pm

When John Perry Barlow was 30 he drew up a list of what he called Principles of Adult Behavior. They are:

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.
“I don’t expect the perfect attainment of these principles. However, I post them as a standard for my conduct as an adult. Should any of my friends or colleagues catch me violating one of them, bust me.”

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Re: R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

Post by Mojohand714 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:57 pm

Barlow gets respect from all sorts of people...
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John Perry Barlow’s wild ride with the Grateful Dead was just part of a Zelig-like life that took him from a childhood as ranching royalty in Wyoming to membership in the Internet Hall of Fame as a digital free speech advocate.

Mother American Night is the wild, funny, heartbreaking, and often unbelievable (yet completely true) story of an American icon. Born into a powerful Wyoming political family, John Perry Barlow wrote the lyrics for thirty Grateful Dead songs while also running his family’s cattle ranch. He hung out in Andy Warhol’s Factory, went on a date with the Dalai Lama’s sister, and accidentally shot Bob Weir in the face on the eve of his own wedding. As a favor to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Barlow mentored a young JFK Jr. and the two then became lifelong friends. Despite being a freely self-confessed acidhead, he served as Dick Cheney’s campaign manager during Cheney’s first run for Congress. And after befriending a legendary early group of computer hackers known as the Legion of Doom, Barlow became a renowned internet guru who then cofounded the groundbreaking Electronic Frontier Foundation.

His résumé only hints of the richness of a life lived on the edge. Blessed with an incredible sense of humor and a unique voice, Barlow was a born storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Through intimate portraits of friends and acquaintances from Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia to Timothy Leary and Steve Jobs, Mother American Night traces the generational passage by which the counterculture became the culture, and it shows why learning to accept love may be the hardest thing we ever ask of ourselves.
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Re: R.I.P. John Perry Barlow

Post by GKB » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:03 pm


RIP JPB, we will miss your lyrics and stories that have been so much a part of our lives.

this 1 is for you!

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