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NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: String Cheese Incident (SCI) songwriter John Perry Barlow speaks during a news conference which addressed the Colorado band's lawsuit recently filed against Ticketmaster August 11, 2003 in New York City. The jam rock band claims Ticketmaster has prevented artists from selling tickets directly to their fans. (Photo by C. Taylor Crothers/Getty Images)

Forward thinker John Perry Barlow has passed away.

He wrote songs with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir who had this to say via twitter on John’s passing:

This life is fleeting as we all know – the Muse we serve is not. John had a way of taking life’s most difficult things and framing them as challenges, therefore adventures. He was to be admired for that, even emulated. He’ll live on in the songs we wrote…

John’s left behind quite a legacy including his internet activism.

John Perry Barlow, Grateful Dead Lyricist, Internet Pioneer, Dead at 70

John Perry Barlow, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead and cofounder of Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation, has died. He was 70. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the non-profit digital rights organization Barlow cofounded, said in a statement on its website that Barlow died in his sleep on Wednesday.

I’ve never been a dead head but have always appreciated their music and dug a lot of their songs. Here’s one he co-wrote: