Robert Hunter, the poet and lyricist best known for his collaborations with the Grateful Dead has died at Robert Hunter , the poet and writer who provided the Grateful Dead with many of their vivid and enduring lyrics, died Monday night. He was
He was His family announced his death in a statement. His agent, Steve Martin, said Mr. Hunter had recently had surgery. Interpreting his slippery lyrics became a favorite pastime of the band's most fervent fans, the Deadheads, something he relished. He owed at least some of his songwriting sensibilities to the C.
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Although the Grateful Dead enjoyed a reputation for lengthy musical improvisations, their career was based on a solid core of songwriting craft. Robert Hunter, who has died aged 78, wrote the lyrics for many of their best-loved songs, and his work was vital in developing the mystique that earned the American band an extended international family of loyal followers, the so-called Deadheads. Friend of the Devil subsequently covered by countless other artists had the feel of an old west fable, and like many other of their compositions tapped into the folk and blues roots that Hunter and the guitarist-songwriter Jerry Garcia had grown up with. Although it is his work with the Dead for which he will be chiefly remembered, Hunter engaged in several other successful collaborations.
Robert C. Christie Hunter born Robert Burns , June 23, — September 23, was an American lyricist, singer-songwriter, translator, and poet, best known for his work with the Grateful Dead. He attended the University of Connecticut for a year before returning to Palo Alto , where he became friends with Jerry Garcia. Garcia and Hunter began a collaboration that lasted through the remainder of Garcia's life. Garcia and others formed the Grateful Dead in , and some time later began working with lyrics that Hunter had written. Garcia invited him to join the band as a lyricist, and Hunter contributed substantially to many of their albums, beginning with Aoxomoxoa in Hunter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Grateful Dead in , and is the only non-performer to be inducted as a member of a band.