John Perry Barlow, Grateful Useless Lyricist, Useless At 70

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John Perry Barlow, who co-wrote songs for the Grateful Useless for greater than 20 years, died Wednesday.

He was 70.

The Wyoming native met Useless founding member Bob Weir when he was 15. A number of years later, in 1971, Weir dumped lyricist Robert Hunter and as a substitute started working with Barlow, who would pen songs together with “Seems to be Like Rain,” “Heaven Assist the Idiot” and “Cassidy.”

Barlow continued to work with the Grateful Useless till the band dissolved in 1995.

“This life is fleeting, as everyone knows – the Muse we serve shouldn’t be. John had a manner of taking life’s most tough issues and framing them as challenges, due to this fact adventures,” Weir tweeted Wednesday. “He was to be admired for that, even emulated. He’ll stay on within the songs we wrote.”

In 1990, he co-founded the Digital Frontier Basis, a non-profit digital rights group that “champions consumer privateness, free expression, and innovation via influence litigation, coverage evaluation, grassroots activism and expertise growth,” in accordance with the group.

Barlow can be credited with coining the time period “our on-line world.”

“It’s no exaggeration to say that main components of the Web everyone knows and love at present exist and thrive due to Barlow’s imaginative and prescient and management,” EFF government director Cindy Cohn stated in a press release.

“He at all times noticed the Web as a basic place of freedom, the place voices lengthy silenced can discover an viewers and other people can join with others no matter bodily distance.”

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Barlow’s1977 “Ideas of Grownup Conduct,” which posited 25 bullet-pointed guidelines for all times together with “turn into much less suspicious of pleasure” and “hand over blood sports activities,” has turn into extensively fashionable on Reddit.

He’s survived by his three daughters, Amelia, Anna and Leah, with ex-wife Elaine.

 
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