Somewhere in Signpost, I think it is (or some other interview I haven't read for 20 years), Jerry is talking about the days when he and Hunter, newly sprung from the army, were living in derelict cars in Palo Alto (it is left to the reader to contemplate the halcyon days when there were derelict cars in Palo Alto...), mostly on canned pineapple liberated from the armed forces. Many's the time I've thought how different life would be for how many people if not for those days. Anyway, this is the place for fans of Hunter to congregate, pay tribute, fantasize about tours, and otherwise be darn glad we didn't miss this guy.
My son today told me he heard Robert Hunter had to go on tour to pay for medical expenses and I said that doesn't seem to ring true after reading a recent interview.
This repost clears that up!!
And it seems like a good idea to post it here, the rumor mill being what it is:
10 hours ago ·
It’s come to my attention that there is an article circulating from http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2014/07/22/grateful-dead-lyricist-forced-tour-pay-medical-bills taking a few quotes out of context from last year’s interview I did for a Rolling Stone profile.
Thank you all for your concern regarding my health, however I am grateful this is old news taken out of context and has been sensationalized. I am fully recovered, and I am not in need of any financial help or indebted, although I'm deeply touched by the immediate concern and overwhelming response of the community. The reason I have decided to come back to touring is to play the music I love and for the deep connection to my audiences.
I am going on stage not because I have to but because I WANT to. Reconnecting with the fans and the music is a powerful experience and not one that I take lightly.
Cool interview! Thanks for sharing!!
That I first turned up on Robert Hunter's doorstep to do an interview for the Golden Road. I remember it as if it were yesterday, but perhaps not with perfect accuracy. (The interview's in the Oxford Grateful Dead Reader, which I think is still in print and which I'd heartily recommend on general principles.)
Not sure if this is a) is the right place to post this or b) Already been discussed here but: Does anyone know if RH will ever release the studio version of "Alligator Moon" ?
I (as many DeadHeads) would love to hear it.
Because the 50th anniversary of the Dead is coming upon us, maybe Hunter will release it just for the sake of the fans ?
I found a cool belt buckley if ya know of anyone who might of lost it at interlocked let me know.
Who were the subjects Built To Last were written for? It's dawned on me that "3 blue stars" could be a reference to 3 Sons In Service (2 of whom apparently did not return).
This song jumped out at me when my son shipped out to Marines Boot Camp, I had no idea why - it's the one song I have run thru my head each of the last 150 days, deeply but inexplicably connecting it to my son-in-service experience. Then, this morning, I learned of the "son-in-service" flags: 1 blue star = 1 son in Service; 3 blue stars = 3 sons in Service.