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July 16, 2007

Paranoia Strikes Deep: Did Islamists Murder Jerry Garcia?

Hearing the Grateful Dead Hour on the radio recently got me to thinking about the death of singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995. Heroin and diabetes -- rarely a sustainable lifestyle combination -- led to health woes for Garcia. According to this website,

Late in the summer of 1995, he entered Serenity Knolls, a drug rehabilitation facility in Forest Knolls, CA. While he was attempting to recover, Garcia died in his sleep of a heart attack on August 9, 1995.

Still, in light of the murder of Theo Van Gogh and threats against Salman Rushdie and the Danish cartoonists, I am beginning to wonder if Garcia perhaps was murdered by Islamists.

After all, the Dead recorded a song and album titled "Blues for Allah." What could be more dangerous than that for an artist, to refer to Allah and trip the wires of Islamists everywhere? I'm sure they listen to all forms of music just waiting for a juicy transgression on which to pounce.

Consider this: When Blues for Allah appeared in 1975, the album contained the lyrics to the song of that title in English, Hebrew and Arabic -- a transgressive promotion of intercultural understanding. Even worse, lyricist Robert Hunter wrote, in his book "A Box of Rain: The Collected Lyrics of Robert Hunter,"

"This lyric is a requiem for King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, a progressive and democratically inclined ruler [and, incidentally, a fan of the Grateful Dead] whose assassination in 1975 shocked us personally."

Check out the lyrics to Blues for Allah and tell me that Islamic Rage Boy wouldn't stroke out after reading them:

Arabian wind
The Needle's Eye is thin
The Ships of State sail on mirage
but drown in sand
in No-Man's Land
where ALLAH does command

What good is spilling
blood? It will not
grow a thing

the sword sings Blues for ALLAH

They lie where they fall
There's nothing more to say
The desert stars are bright tonight,
let's meet as friends
The flower of Islam
The fruit of Abraham

The thousand stories have
come round to one again
Arabian Night
our gods pursue their fight
What fatal flowers of
darkness spring from
seeds of light

Bird of Paradise - Fly
In white sky
Blues for ALLAH

Let's see with our heart
these things our eyes have seen
and know the truth will still lie
somewhere in between

Under eternity
Under eternity
Under eternity
Bird of Paradise
In white sky
Under eternity

So -- here's my theory. The song and album, combined with the attention of Deadhead King Faisal (who knew?) probably doomed Jerry Garcia. Bit by bit, Islamists planned their revenge, as a dish served cold. They noted Garcia's preferences in mind-altering medications, and when he showed fresh interest in heroin in 1995, they knew the time was right to get some prime Afghan smack in front of him. What could be easier than to sidle up a man suffering from drug addiction and offer him the world' best indulgence? "Hey Jerry, great stuff here, and there's lots more. Love, your fans."

Who could resist? Let the smack do its ultimate damage, let the death certificate say heart attack and nobody's the wiser. No more Jerry Garcia, no more Greatful Dead, no opportunities for sacriligious "More Blues for Allah." I"m just speculating, but it sure makes sense to me.

QED. Case closed.

Van | 07/16/07 at 06:28 AM | Categories: WWIV

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One can only speculate !

Paul | July 16, 2007 07:43 AM

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