03/03/09

Lorne Abramson

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Lorne Abramson

Lorne Abramson

I became familiar with the Rex Foundation’s mission and good work as a result of watching a BBC TV documentary on the organization several years ago. The production literally brought me tears of joy – especially the profiles of avant-garde composers supported by Rex, who otherwise may never have been noticed by more mainstream/traditional grant-makers.

My continued support of Rex to this day was also inspired by another event. As a long-time Deadhead and Bay Area resident, I was at Jerry Garcia’s memorial service in Golden Gate Park. I was particularly taken by Mickey Hart’s words on that day: “Well, if the Grateful Dead had been anything, it gave you the power. You have it now. You have the groove, you have the feeling. We’ve been working on it for almost thirty years now. So what are you going to do with it? That’s the question, okay?”

In addition to the music and surviving band members, the Rex Foundation remains a living and breathing legacy of the Grateful Dead. For me personally, it is an excellent way to maintain, in Mickey’s words, the power, groove and feeling of what the Grateful Dead will always represent.

Lorne Abramson
Principal, ELM Advisors, LLC
Burlingame, CA