Will be missed.
Owsley Stanley, the highley eccentric counterculture figure who was the inspiration for songs by the Greatful Dead, was killed instantly in a crash in Australia after losing control of his car on Sunday. He was 76 years old.
Stanley, known as "Bear" in Dead circles, provided the upfront cash that gave the band its start. He served as both manager and sound engineer for brief periods and also co-designed their iconic skull-and-lighting-bolt logo. Stanley recorded many of the band's shows that eventually became live albums, starting with the 1973 release History of the Grateful Dead, Volume 1: Bear's Choice. He also created the first PA systems specifically tailored for rock shows, and even went on to build the Dead's live "wall of sound."
Owsley Stanley will be greatly missed.