Grateful Dead

Bob Weir Pays Tribute To Rock Scully

Well, OK, our old friend Rock has moved on. *Way* more than nine lives, by my count.

Where to begin? When last we spoke, he was as full of wonder and curiosity as when we first met him back at the Acid Test. His mischievous sense of adventure made him a perfect candidate for the position of manager for a band with similar sensibilities and and an equally similar disregard for the way things were supposed to be done.

We bowled ahead and made history together, - the kind people write books and make movies about. Rock was a BIG part of it all. He put in the miles with us. He knew the words to all the songs. He knew the right things to say, to tell people, to let them know what we were all about without ever actually explaining anything, because he knew it couldn't be explained.

What a guy.

Vaya con Dios, Rock, we'll be catching up...

Cheers,
Weir

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Rock will be missed...

One of the pleasures of my life is being born in 1965. So, as my life long band turns 50 I do as well! The songs have weaved into my life as has Rock and all the rest of the pranksters. Read all the books, heard most the stories, and lived kindly through his oversight of the GD.

His ability to guide during the years of drama and youth through the passing of bandmates and friends always appeared to be a gift only he owned.

My thoughts and prayer to the family.

Best,
Gratefuljeff / Chicago

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Rock's book is funny

Rock's book was from a down-to-earth, working man's perspective. The 1982-84 slide, however, was really painful to look back upon as a fan of the music.

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Rock on, Rock.

Thank you for your role in the long, strange trip.

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RIP Rock

I know you, rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone;
I know you, rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone;
Gonna miss your baby, from rolling in your arms.

Laid down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest;
Laid down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest;
My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the West.

The Sun will shine in my back door someday.
The Sun will shine in my back door someday.
March winds will blow all my troubles away.

I wish I was a headlight, on a North bound train;
I wish I was a headlight, on a North bound train;
I'd shine my light through cool Colorado rain.

I know you, rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone;
I know you, rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone;
Gonna miss your baby, from rolling in your arms.

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Skull Rock

our new Sibe Huskie, love

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My Dad and I always signed

My Dad and I always signed off with each other for more than thirty years ,Vaya con Dios, so I share that sentiment for Rock with Weir. Vaya con Dios.

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Inspiration, move me brightly

Rock Scully, the Grateful Dead's manager from 1965-1985, passed from this world on Tuesday. As Bob Weir expressed, Rock enjoyed getting things done in atypical ways, just like the band he managed and the music he loved. There is inspiration to be had from him.
A long time ago at a show, I passed by the soundboard where he was milling and I recognized him with a smile and a quiet, "Hey, that's Rock Scully." He returned the smile with a friendly wave, a nice gesture to some skinny Deadhead kid from a very busy man. I never forgot it. The Dead's staff and crew were known to us and just as important to the Deadhead Family as the band. In fact, they are the ultimate Deadheads.
Thanks, Rock, for all you did for Grateful Dead music.
You certainly did Rock.
Rest easy.
-Rolfe

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Thanks

Good words. Thanks for sharing.

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In the words of Jerry Garcia

To quote Garcia from San Francisco Chronicle article, March 1973 at funeral for Pigpen
"It was a good rap".

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