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 RIP Stephen Gaskin 
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Post RIP Stephen Gaskin
Stephen Gaskin passed away yesterday. He was the spiritual leader of "The Farm" in Summertown TN. I grew up and still live about 15 minutes from The Farm. When they moved their large caravan of brightly colored repurposed school buses to Summertown in 1971 they created a lot of interest from the community. I was 13 and really curious. Here is a good story about Stephen Gaskin:
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/lo ... %271%27%5D


Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:26 pm Profile
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Post Re: RIP Stephen Gaskin
Thanks so much for posting this. I know a lot about Ina May (Through 3 pregnancies, she became my HERO), but knew very little about Stephen.

What a loss for the world......

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:06 pm Profile
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Post Re: RIP Stephen Gaskin
Ina Mae wrote the book/taught a class at Vanderbilt on how to be a midwife. She said she learned a lot from the Amish that live nearby. Many people still come to The Farm to have their babies delivered. Stephen Gaskin is the person that the GD's song "St. Stephen" was written about.


Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:36 pm Profile
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Post Re: RIP Stephen Gaskin
DoctorRob wrote:
Stephen Gaskin is the person that the GD's song "St. Stephen" was written about.

Huh. I did not know that!

I barely recall hearing about the caravan of buses. And the commune. I think I was born about five years too late for a lot of the vibe and scene of the hippies. But I'm makin' up for it now :geek:

Here's another story, from about ten years ago, with more history...

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/T ... 666839.php


Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:18 am Profile
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Post Re: RIP Stephen Gaskin
DoctorRob wrote:
Stephen Gaskin is the person that the GD's song "St. Stephen" was written about.


Although I'm no saint(nor angel), I always think this song is about me, because wherever I "go, the people all complain" :lol:

So with a little research(very little), I found that:

"In an interview published in Relix, v. 5, # 2, the following exchange took place:
"Relix: Was St. Stephen anyone specific?
Hunter: No, it was just St. Stephen.
Relix: You weren't writing about someone, you were writing about something?
Hunter: Yea. That was a great song to write..."


from http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/stephen.html

A good source for Grateful Dead is:
http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/AGDL/


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