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Robert Hunter


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A true American poet. Most famous as the lyricist for a large number of Grateful Dead songs and of other projects of the members, in special his old friend Jerry Garcia, since 1968. Hunter also writes poetry, novels and plays (folk) music on his own, having released his first album, Tales of the Great Rum Runners, in 1974, supported by members of the Dead. Some of the songs he wrote to sing were later played by the band, some of the ones he wrote to the band he later sang (usually very differently) and others kept only his own, like Boys in the Barroom, probably his most famous song never played by the Dead.


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  • TheFatChocobo

    Can't help but echo all these comments: as far as I'm concerned, Robert Hunter and Bob Dylan are alone at the top, the very very top. No wonder they would choose to work together!

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Seederman

    Arguably one of the 3 or 4 best American lyricists ever, and a heckuva nice guy on top.

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    You'll have to forgive me, Mr. Zimmerman, you're great, but "the poet" oughta be Robert Hunter.

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jackoroses

    Terrapin let me rise, let me fall, let me climb, let me crawl but let me in Accept this fan as a token of what I meant to do for I really do love you.

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Rodiero

    Please, check it out JERRY-GARCIA GROUP, new members are welcome!

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • nativewaiter

    I can't believe how all these Deadhead try-hards hardly bother about Robert Hunter's albums. He's a true American poet, for fuck's sake!

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • smurf0073

    under rated.

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • tomhaney

    Robert Hunter - a 20th century treasure.

    24 Aug 2008 Reply

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