Burning Man Unofficial Founder Dies

John Perry Barlow first went to Burning Man in 1994, and has been a key shaker and mover of the event ever since.

He has shared a stage with his friend Larry Harvey many times, notably in a session called The Founders Speak at Columbia University in 2013.

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John Perry Barlow, left, on stage with Larry Harvey at Black Rock City

He passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with illness. He died on the 22nd anniversary of his famous Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace.

He wrote 57 songs for the Grateful Dead, and founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Obituaries at Rolling Stone, EFFVariety, Ars Technica, Jambase

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Barlow was definitely one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever met. He touched the lives of many Burners and technologists. He managed Dick Cheney’s first electoral campaign, and John F Kennedy Jr was sent to Barlow’s Bar Cross Ranch to “straighten him out”. He went from trying to blow up Harvard and hanging out at Timothy Leary’s Millbrook Acid Castle to consulting to the intelligence community.

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His interview with Larry Harvey and Tech Crunch’s Mike Butcher in London kicked off my whole Shadow History research project.

 

A couple of his best interviews:

John Perry Barlow, Cognitive Dissident (Wesleyan Alumni magazine)

The Legend of John Perry Barlow, Jambase (via Internet Archive)

RIP Barlow, true pioneer of the electronic frontier. You will be missed.

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John Perry Barlow at Bob and Natascha Weir’s wedding, Mill Valley 1999

8 comments on “Burning Man Unofficial Founder Dies

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  3. Well, “I Am Sure The Dog in The Dog-Fucker will be Sorely be Miss, Right, You Fuckers in Mother-Fuckers, Right.”

    You Know, “He might Not Have been The Founder in His Organization or Foundation for Everyone who was on The Outside Looking-in, But He made A Number of People Happy in Embracing A Second Chance in Life.” The Man made A Number of People Happy & He reached His Goal in His Organization or Foundation, Right-on to The Founder of The Burning-Man Group.

    On Feb 7, 2018 8:24 PM, “Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man” wrote:

    > burnersxxx posted: “John Perry Barlow first went to Burning Man in 1994, > and has been a key shaker and mover of the event ever since. > https://twitter.com/JPBarlow/status/374111454128898048 He has shared a > stage with his friend Larry Harvey many times, notably in a session ” >

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  4. You Know John Perry Barlow is A Mother-Fucker for Fuckers, Right.

    Yet, Mr. John Perry Barlow was A Bleesed Mother-Tucker for Individuals who Care for Others Self-Image Learning How to Created A Organization or Foundation of Pepole who Care for Earch Other in The Foundation or Organization He Founded before The Year 2000, Right-On to Founder who Care for His Organization or Foundation.

    On Feb 7, 2018 8:24 PM, “Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man” wrote:

    > burnersxxx posted: “John Perry Barlow first went to Burning Man in 1994, > and has been a key shaker and mover of the event ever since. > https://twitter.com/JPBarlow/status/374111454128898048 He has shared a > stage with his friend Larry Harvey many times, notably in a session ” >

    Like

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