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Mother American Night by John Perry Barlow and Robert Greenfield

Mother American Night

Mother American Night by John Perry Barlow and Robert Greenfield
Jun 05, 2018 | 288 Pages
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“Wondrous tales of the hippie highway by Grateful Dead lyricist and internet pioneer Barlow. The author died recently after a long series of illnesses that form a moody counterpoint to the general anarchist fun of his memoir. That may be a good thing considering that the statute of limitations may not yet have run out for various of the hijinks he recounts here… [Barlow] writes with rough grace and considerable poetic power… [Mother American Night] is a yarn to read, with pleasure, alongside Ringolevio and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”

“Barlow was a former cowpoke, Republican politician and lyricist for the Grateful Dead whose affinity for wide open spaces and free expression transformed him into a leading defender of an unfettered internet… He championed not only a right to speak freely on the web but also what he called ‘a right to know’ all the information that it offers.”
“John Perry Barlow was the dawn of digital rights for so many—including me. Mother American Night leaves no doubt why he is remembered as the first ‘Poet Laureate of Cyberspace.’ Optimistic, beautiful, and often hilarious, this memoir not only recounts some of the most important battles in the first two decades of the internet, but also Barlow’s indelible footprint on American art, politics, and culture over the last fifty years.”
“John had a way of taking life’s most difficult things and framing them as challenges, therefore adventures—by their nature awakening and maybe even fun. He was to be admired for that, even emulated.”
BOB WEIR, former Grateful Dead guitarist
“It is a privilege to read the story of John Perry Barlow’s life in his own words. The topology of his tropology was utterly unique; the man was part Socrates, part John Wayne, part Loki, part Lord Byron, part Tesla, part Kennedy, part Reagan, part Internet Guru and bonafide Acidhead. That his diminutive frame managed to contain the vast infinity of his being is its own kind of miracle.”

Mother American Night is one of those books where you sit down to read the opening chapter, but then can’t put it down until you finished it cover-to-cover. The colorful and (almost) unbelievable stories that John Perry tells, weaved together with his trademark prose, make you feel like you were there with him at the center of so many cultural touchstones since the 1960s. However, it’s his tales of fighting against injustice and fighting for free speech and privacy that I cherished the most. Reading Mother American Night reminds me of everything that made him such an American Original in the first place.”

“Imagine you are hitchhiking and an ancient Mustang pulls up and the most interesting guy in the world beckons you to hop in. He’s driving 100 miles per hour all night long and for the next three days he’s telling you tales, each one bigger and badder and more profound than the one before it. This is a hilarious, rhetorical, and soul-prodding book. I never feel so alive as when Barlow is telling me a story, and here are a life’s worth.”

“Barlow was the son of America’s frontierphysical, psychedelic and digital… He embodied a vanishing America. His lyrics, like his lifestyle, were a world of cowboys, nature and passions. He was a literary heir to Walt Whitman, depicting a rugged American individualism, romanticism and freedom as wide as the Lower 48, with his boots pulled up and his hat worn low… a barrel-chested space cowboy dressed in black… He was a poet of frontiers and of freedom, in whatever form they took.”

“John Perry Barlow unmoored us from the clay of Earth and delivered us into a place of digital freedom. He leaves us with this kaleidoscopic necklace of colorful vignettes painted in his unique and poignant way.”
VINT CERF, Internet Pioneer
“Reading John Perry Barlow’s book is like a spirited visit with him. He was a Rebel, having almost mystical and cosmic gifts of communication, wisdom and awareness. Mankind was his cause. His book confirms the solace he found when he learned to love and be loved.” 
ALAN K. SIMPSON, United States Senator, Wyoming, retired
“It was easy to befriend John Perry Barlow… he was a visionary of the world wide web and prophet of cyber space, the idea of the internet as a libertarian realm beyond the reach of governments. He was also, at various times, a cattle rancher in Wyoming and a lyricist for the rock band Grateful Dead… Barlow had the air of a global vagabond.”
“Barlow is the uncrowned poet laureate of cyberspace.”
MITCHELL KAPOR, co-founder of the Electronic Freedom Frontier
“I loved this book. I am a slow reader but I read it twice in three and a half days. I have since gone back and begun reading chapters in no particular order which seems fine to me as well. I first met John about forty years ago and we have been fast friends ever since.”

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