These days Phil seems to go out of his way to make it hard for the tapers. Phil, I still love you tons, but c'mon man... cut the tapers a little slack. We're there to help!
I wasn't aware that he was cockblock for tapers. Can you share some stories or examples of what he's said or done to make it difficult? I've heard of Weir being a bit flippant about recordings and rights, but I thought Phil was consistently supportive.
I know some people recognize the great importance of the GD's agreement with tapers, but I happen to feel it might be the single greatest move they ever made. Maybe success wasn't something they valued, but in a general conversation, those tapes probably had just as much to do with their cult following as their playing, their albums, their politics, or anything else. The taping made the GD what we know as the GD. Not Garcia's playing. Not the otherworldly group dynamics. Not the songs. etc etc.