You know so many of the greats -upon further, deeper review are not such great all-around people. ( Ted Williams, Charlie Parker, Woody Allen, Clinton, Kennedy, Picasso, maybe even JD Salinger, etc.) And maybe thats part of what makes them great. They excel at something – better than most people on Earth, yet they suck at marriage/relationships, they abuse chems (drugs), they suck with money, they like little girls (boys)-whatever. Its like any flawed person- take them for their strengths and enjoy-Jerry was at times a true heroin slob. Its been said that due to his position (in the band/business) he could be that way. And in the permissive environment of Marin 80's/GD scene nobody was going to do much about it. His playing was phenomenal during this period, singing less so. His lifestyle was counter to Bobby's mountain biking, California healthy stuff. I myself am not too fond of the way he broke off relationships sending someone else to do his messy work. But I get it, I'm sympathetic to it- to the pressure, to the need to escape, the desire to maintain a certain peace. And I am thrilled that with that we got the music, the humor, the wisdom, the charisma and the music from him before he left. I'm still enjoying the guy's output almost every day- can't say that about too many people, sloppy or neat.