Rock has gone from this hard place.
All rock bands needed a Rock. Musicians are generally not all that eloquent, especially under pressure, and especially not to authority figures. A bullshitter was required, and the Dead had Rock (and Rifkin and the rest, but Rock was in on the ground floor.) He had mastered the art of agreeing with cops, promoters, hotel managers, customs agents; all the while continuing to do whatever the fuck he wanted.
Rock, for all his professed cynicism, believed in the “family” line the Dead liked to feed everyone, which is what made his ouster in the 80’s a rough pill: the only thing he was guilty of was enabling Garcia actively instead of the passive approach the rest of the fellows preferred. The truth was: only four guys really had tenure. Everyone else would be missed, but the bus leaves at noon.
He married a member of the British aristocracy, but always loved Nicki. He was there before they knew how to play.
Rock Scully was a Grateful Dead.