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Robert Hunter: Lyricist, Poet, and Musician

by Marshall Bowden

Robert Hunter was as much responsible for the overall image of the Grateful Dead as any performing member of the band. As much as the visual imagery associated with the band, as much as the parking lot with its perpetual circus of food, drugs, ticket hawking, guitar playing and just hanging out. His recent death is another layer of mist that shrouds the hippie Avalon that once was deeper into memory and farther from the world we all continue to live in. 

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