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John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is also a member of The WELL Board of Directors.

He was born in Wyoming in 1947, was educated there in a one room schoolhouse, and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with an honors degree in comparative religion in 1969.

In 1971, he began operating the Bar Cross Land and Livestock Company, a large cow-calf operation in Cora, Wyoming where he grew up. He continued to do so until he sold it in 1988.

He has been co-writing songs with the Grateful Dead since 1971. He's known them since they looked like this.

In 1990 he and Mitchell Kapor founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization which promotes freedom of expression in digital media. He currently serves as its Vice Chairman.

He is a writer and lecturer on subjects relating to the virtualization of society and is a contributing editor of numerous publications, including Communications of the ACM, Microtimes, and Mondo 2000. He is also a contributing writer for Wired. He is a recognized commentator on computer security, Virtual Reality, digitized intellectual property, and the social and legal conditions arising in the global network of connected digital devices.

He also works as a consultant on such matters with the Vanguard Group of CSC and the Global Business Network.

He probably the only former Republican Country Chairman in America willing to call himself a hippie mystic without lowering his voice, and though he was recently declared by the Utne Reader to be among "100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life," he is generally content to work on changing his own.

Finally, he recognizes that there is a difference between information and experience and he vastly prefers the latter.

He is the father of three daughters, Leah Justine, 13, Anna Winter, 10, and Amelia, 9. He was married to their mother, Elaine Parker, for 17 years before they separated in 1992. His mother, Miriam Barlow Bailey is 90 years old and ought to be declared a national monument.

He lives in Wyoming, New York, on The Road, and in Cyberspace.

He is still mourning the death of Dr. Cynthia Horner.

Barlow Essays, Songs, and Interviews

Other Stuff...

His PGP 2.6 Public Key

His addresses and phone numbers:

168 South Franklin, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941-1009
Voice: 307/367-2466 Fax:307/367-4502

259 West 12th Street, #5B, New York, New York 10014
Voice: 212/627-8928 Fax: 212/627-8945

MEGAPhone (if urgent): 800/654-4322
Cellular (use sparingly): 917/863-2027
Pager (preferred): 800/609-3137