Brian Rohan, who was known as San Francisco’s “simpleton legal counselor” for 1960s nonconformity customers like the Grateful Dead and Ken Kesey, has passed on, as indicated by a paper report Sunday. He was 84.
Rohan’s girl, Kathleen Jolson, told the San Francisco Chronicle that her dad passed on Tuesday at his home in the Bay Area city of Larkspur following a six-year fight with malignancy.
Subsequent to protecting Kesey, creator of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” for weed ownership in 1965, Rohan turned into the go-to lawyer for illicit medication charges, the Chronicle said.
Rohan helped to establish the Haight Ashbury Legal Organization and the gathering enrolled customers partially by setting up a table external the Grateful Dead house at 710 Ashbury Street.
Because of his relationship with the Grateful Dead, Rohan likewise turned into a music legal counselor. In 1966, he assisted the band with arranging its first agreement with Warner Bros. He additionally addressed Janis Joplin, Santana and Jefferson Airplane.
His non-artist customers included Beat author Neal Cassady and individuals from the Merry Pranksters, the collective voyagers chronicled in Tom Wolfe’s 1968 book “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”
“Brian Rohan, however he is presumably perhaps the best of the moron legal advisors, hasn’t worn a suit in a year, his typical clothing being blurred corduroys and a T shirt,” the San Francisco Examiner wrote in a 1970 story. “He wears dim glasses consistently. ‘I can’t look at individuals without flinching when I request all that cash — I get it, and it’s crazy.'”
Rohan consumed his whole time on earth on the West Coast, experiencing childhood in Washington prior to going to the University of Oregon and afterward University of California Hastings College of Law.