Bob Dylan’s Eulogy For Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942-August 9, 1995)

“There’s no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or player. I don’t think eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great, much more than a superb musician, with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He is the very spirit personified of what ever is muddy-river country into the spheres. He really has no equal.

“To me he wasn’t only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he’ll ever know. There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was muddy, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There’s no way to convey the loss. It just digs really deep down.”

–Bob Dylan

(Photograph by Adrian Boot)