John Perry Barlow
GD lyricist. Co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Former Republican Party County Chairman of Sublette County, Wyoming. Erstwhile cattle rancher.
In short, complicated guy, difficult to categorize. Discuss here!
Amazing story by John on This American Life. Go to Act 3 & Listen, don’t read.
Nicely done too.
I was writing about the Grateful Dead in what now seems like a gloriously privileged time. I had access - thanks initially to Eileen Law and, later, Dennis McNally - beyond the dreams of most fascinated by the band in Europe. Mine began with Hunter and it never ever stopped or let up afterwards.
I re-read my Swing 51 interviews with John Barlow these last few days and, by golly, they were phenomenal. So open and revealing. That was John Perry Barlow in a nutshell.
a busy day in the cosmos.
JPB, Lindsey Buckingham, Chubby Checker, Gwen Stefani, Stevie Ray Vaughn....and that guy from the Sunshine Daydreamers....geowhatshisfacemeister.....
and marye's godson....
We need a cake....
And many more!
I would have LOVED to have been there for the exchange of which you describe between Mr. Gates and John Barlow, marye. Just the thougth makes me want to go out and light off some fireworks (oh yeah, they're againt THE LAW).
Thank you, JPB!
"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."
Thanks for starting a thread for John. His lyric writing was incredible and as well his efforts along the lines of the internet and computer age are both ground breaking and foundation building. Thanks John, for "Let it Grow" (one of the best songs ever written - EVER) and all you've done for Deadheads, America and the cyber dimension!
"Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision." - Norman Mailer
which is not today, I will tell folks about the olden days in which Barlow went around interviewing the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates for the computer magazine I used to edit. Including the innocuous question about philanthropy that caused Gates to rise from his chair screeching that Microsoft was not a monopoly. Ah, those were the days...