John Perry Barlow, the beloved Grateful Dead lyricist, passed away on February 7th at the age of 70 years old. Frequently collaborating on songs with Bob Weir, the well-known American poet, essayist, “cyberlibertarian” political activist, and retired Wyoming cattle rancher was attributed with helping create Grateful Dead tunes like “Throwing Stones”, “Feel Like A Stranger”, “Cassidy”, “Estimated Prophet”, “Lost Sailor”, “Saint Of Circumstance”, “Mexicali Blues”, “The Music Never Stopped”, and many others. His death in early February was a blow to the jam community and the world at large, causing a number of musicians and political organizations to offer up their own tributes and condolences.

On Sunday, April 8th, John Perry Barlow will be honored during a tribute at The Fillmore in San Francisco titled Barlow’s Graduation From Meatspace—per Barlow’s explicit wishes, all his memorials are free and open to all, but given capacity limits, in order to attend in person, one must secure a free ticket for the event. For those who can’t make it to the event but would like to attend in spirit, the memorial will be webcast for free via, with the event starting at 5 p.m. (PST)/8 p.m. (EST).

Barlow’s Graduation From Meatspace will mark the final event in his BarlowFrenzy series, his iconic and magical parties that would draw his supporters together to celebrate. Per Barlow’s website,

We invite you to join us on April 8th for one last BarlowFrenzy. Let us come together to celebrate the profound impact that John Perry Barlow had on our lives. While a BarlowFrenzy will not be the same without Barlow, we intend to make this a party he would be proud of. There will be fine words spoken, there will dancing, but most importantly there will be you – his prized collection of humanity at its finest. … In his honor, let’s invoke the magic he was such a master at finding himself in the center of!

The website also quotes Barlow himself about his legendary BarlowFrenzies, with the mythic man explaining,

One never knows what alchemy any particular moment will provide a BarlowFrenzy. As you have seen, the method by which I convene these things leaves almost everything to chance and magic. But since magic will often deliver for those who have faith, I’m rarely disappointed. Sometimes, however, the magic kicks in hard. A gathering assembles itself is already connected with The Third Rail of the Universe. Then no one dances but everyone is danced, no one seeks, but everyone finds, none are called, but all are chosen.

Barlow’s Graduation From Meatspace on Sunday is part of a number of tributes that will be held for Barlow over the weekend in San Francisco. On Saturday, April 7th, the Barlow Ideas Conference will be held at the Internet Archive from 2 to 6 p.m. and hosted by Barlow’s own Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Freedom of the Press Foundation. During the symposium, a number speakers will discuss how “Barlow’s vision of the Internet — the power of connection, the right to know, freedom of speech, the importance of transparency and whistleblowers, the need to ensure a network free of government surveillance and more — shaped the world we live in today” and how supporters can “steer a course into the future that embraces the best of Barlow’s ideas and the unfinished work of fulfilling his vision.”

Then on Sunday, April 8th, fans and friends of Barlow are invited to a “Picnic and Frolic” at the lawns surrounding the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. As the website describes, “As he was facing his mortality in his final years, Barlow loved the idea of having a memorial at the Conservatory of Flowers.” Attendees are invited to bring food for a potluck picnic, and the event will run from noon until the main event at The Fillmore at 5 p.m.

For more information about any of these events, head over to John Perry Barlow’s website here. For those not in the Bay Area, you can tune into Barlow’s Graduation From Meatspace on Sunday at 5 p.m. (PST)/8 p.m. (EST) below or via

Barlow’s Graduation From Meatspace (Live Stream):


[H/T JamBase]