Among the tributes that poured in for John Perry Barlow after his death was one from Sean Ono Lennon, who called the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital pioneer “a master of all trades and a jack of none.”
Barlow, who wrote several Dead tunes with guitarist Bob Weir and formed the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 1990 to try to shield online civil rights from government intrusion, died Wednesday in his sleep. He was 70.
Ono Lennon, 42, a singer-songwriter and the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, counted Barlow among his friends. He emailed a tribute to The Chronicle on Thursday: