In Memoriam | Grateful Dead Manager Rock Scully
Rock Scully’s relationship with the Grateful Dead pre-dates the familiar name of the band as he first saw them perform as The Warlocks at an Acid Test. Scully, who was brought into the inner circle by Owsley “Bear” Stanley, helped secure the Dead record deals, concert bookings and festival appearances at such legendary events as Woodstock and Monterey Pop.
Scully’s brother Dicken forwarded the following note to Monterey County Weekly:
Rock died peacefully a few hours ago.. After last night, he never regained alertness … It was amazingly without much suffering and family members could say their farewells last night… I can tell you more later… Please spread the word for me.
Rock pulled no punches in describing his account of managing the band in the tell-all Living With The Dead. He even recounts his controversial 1985 parting of ways with the Grateful Dead within the tome after spending much of the book focusing on the 1965-1970 era. Recently, Scully participated in the 2013 Billboard Touring Conference’s keynote case study “The Golden Road: Lessons Learned From the Dead.”
Rock Scully was 73-years-old.
Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow took to Twitter to share a few thoughts on a man he accused of the “occasional con”:
Alas, Rock #Scully… I thought your earlobe-spraining grin of enthusiasm would suffice to keep you up and cracking wry no matter the R.I.P.— John Perry Barlow (@JPBarlow) December 17, 2014
But no. The tentacles of medicine and entropy wrapped around your throat, whence cackled some of the most infectious laughter ever whooped.— John Perry Barlow (@JPBarlow) December 17, 2014
And silence falls at last on Rock #Scully. Thank all the cracks in the Cosmic Egg through which your mirth and delight and occasional con.— John Perry Barlow (@JPBarlow) December 17, 2014
Rattled out among us among all those blessed years we had you, Rock #Scully. Though occasionally fraudulent, you were always the real thing.— John Perry Barlow (@JPBarlow) December 17, 2014