My re-reply back to Erin. . . .
You didn't mean to offend me, and I only speak for myself,
but you did offend me, quite a bit.
1. Jerry was not my hero, he was a man, and a very talented
musician, that loved to play the music I loved listening to.
- I respected his talent and his art, I did not condone his
addiction, but neither did I judge him for it.
2. Your offense to me was started with the commercial use of
his memory for a "survivor" clone marketing tool.
- Understand, I am one of those Americans that finds the whole
concept of the "Survivor" t.v. series insulting at best, and
mind-bendingly destructive at its worst.
- Rolling Stone, in more credible times, exposed, and fought
this type of crass commercialization of artists in the past in
its pages. But that was then - This is now. Right?
3. The other part of the insult for you to me, was your excellent
corporate/marketing/bullshit remark of. . . "(of course we want
Jerry to win!)" You and I both know the sincerity behind that
statement came right out of marketing corporate speak 101.
I do apologize for my immature remark about the clothing thing,
as I have openly stated on my web site. . . "It is not the appearance
outside, but rather the soul within that defines." I am sorry for that.
That was spoke from the anger I felt it the moment I replied to the
original email from you.
But if you truly believe any knowledgeable, mature, sincere fan of
Jerry Garcia would find your email as anything other than the crass
marketing spam it was - Then you truly have my sympathy, but not
I wonder if Rolling Stone/Erin will answer? If so - I will post it here. .