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Mother American Night
My Life in Crazy Times
By (author): John Perry Barlow By (author): Robert Greenfield
9781524760199 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts Jun 04, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.1 x 8 x 0.7 in 288 pages 1 8-PG 4C INSERT Crown Archetype Three Rivers Press
A “ceaselessly mind-blowing [memoir]…bubbling over with psychedelic wisdom” (WIRED) that documents a Zelig-like life from a childhood as Wyoming ranching royalty to friendships with Neal Cassady, Steve Jobs, and JFK Jr.

Mother American Night is the heartrendingly sad, hysterically funny, and often unbelievable yet always completely true story of a singular individual. Referred to by more than one publication as “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” Barlow has throughout his life maintained close relationships with such diverse cultural figures as Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Timothy Leary, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. During his long and varied career, Barlow has written the lyrics to 30 songs by the Grateful Dead while also running his family’s cattle ranch. Despite being a freely self-confessed acidhead, he served as a campaign manager for Dick Cheney during his run for Congress in 1978. When he was 42, Barlow became a renowned Internet guru who began vigorously defending the right for all to use it freely by cofounding the Electronic Freedom Foundation in 1990.

A brilliant thinker and writer, he has, over the course of the past half century, somehow managed to be at the cutting edge of popular culture. And as impressive as his accomplishments have been, Barlow’s dramatic personal life reads like the story of a generation writ large, an “essential, beautifully written book that is full of humor and tragedy and revelation.” (Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing)

NOVELISTIC STORYTELLING: Barlow’s inimitable voice—blunt and idiosyncratic—makes readers feel like they’re alongside him, whether it’s rubbing elbows with Steve Jobs and JFK Jr. or serving as the campaign manager for Dick Cheney.

CUTTING EDGE OF POP CULTURE: As one of the earliest Internet activists, predictions that Barlow made in 1991 regarding technology and net neutrality are still at the forefront of the conversation today. He was friends with the late Aaron Swartz, and Edward Snowden was seen sporting an EFF sticker on his laptop in Oliver Stone’s documentary.

John Perry Barlow was a cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He was a regular contributor to Wired magazine for many years and one of the founding directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Robert Greenfield is the award-winning author of biographies of Jerry Garcia, Timothy Leary, and Augustus Owsley Stanley III.

Publicity: National print and online attention 



Author Social Media: @JPBarlow (Twitter); /JohnPerryBarlow (Facebook)

“In Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times, a tender, scattershot memoir co-written with Robert Greenfield, the fact that Barlow, who died in February at 70, ’nearly became America’s first suicide bomber’ is presented as a (thankful) near miss in a remarkably ’Zelig-like life.’ It is probably time to retire that shopworn conceit, which invariably nudges biography toward name-dropping. Besides, the original Zelig’s curse was that he helplessly assumed the characteristics of whomever he was with. Barlow was always Barlow, whether he was out on the road with the Dead, teaching JFK Jr. to fly, silk-screening at Warhol’s Factory, helping manage Dick Cheney’s first congressional campaign, dating the Dalai Lama’s sister, or inventing the ways we think about the digital frontier that he christened ’cyberspace.’”—WALL STREET JOURNAL

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