The rabbit was sad to read of the death last Wednesday of John Dawson (right in pic above), formerly of wonderful 70s stoned cowboy impersonators New Riders of the Purple Sage. Their style was generally described as psychedelic country rock - which I suppose is as good a description as any. They began as a Grateful Dead offshoot but secured an independent life fairly briskly. Their appearance as in pic above shows what drugs can do to you ;) Dawson had retired from the music business, become a teacher of English and died of stomach cancer in Mexico aged 64. Their best album was in my opinion Gypsy Cowboy. I borrowed a phrase from the title track as working title of my first - and mercifully unpublished - novel until the title was changed at the suggestion of my then agent to - erm - White Rabbit. But Panama Red is probably their best known album and song. Have a listen. It's a hoot!