Friday, April 29, 2011 , Updated 12:21 p.m., April 29, 2011
UPDATED: Stoney Burns, Dallas’ “king of the hippies,” died Thursday
The founder of Buddy magazine died of a heart attack.
DALLAS "King of the hippies" Stoney Burns, born Brent Stein, passed away on Thursday in Dallas.
From friend Angus Wynne's Facebook page:
"Our old friend and spiritual advisor passed away early this morning at Baylor Hospital of a massive heart attack."
Burns' former lawyer Fred Time confirmed that he'd died, and that the family was in the process of making funeral arrangements.
A graduate of Hillcrest High School and the University of Arizona, Burns was a classic rabble-rouser in the '60s and '70s who attended protests, was busted for possession of marijuana, edited a protest newspaper called Notes From the Underground, and eventually founded Buddy magazine, a longtime free publication covering the Dallas music scene.
His 1967 article about a love-in attempted by Dallas hippies that was stopped by the police, "plunged Dallas into the sixties," according to author James McEnteer (Fighting Words, Independent Journalists in Texas).
Burns ran for Dallas County sheriff in 1972, but was arrested for possession of marijuana and went to jail for 19 days.
Friend Amy Pilz said that Burns had a heart attack in the late '80s or early '90s, and had also beat cancer two years ago. He went into the hospital on Tuesday.
According to a 2008 story in the Dallas Morning News, Burns was never married, and ended his days in Lower Greenville, working on a business publication and occasionally going out to see bluegrass bands.
Colleen Morgan worked with Burns at Buddy magazine during the '90s.
"He started the longest running Texas music magazine; Buddy is still going to this day," she said. "He was an instigator and a rebel, and he'll be missed."
UPDATE: Burns will be buried at Shearith Israel Cemetery, 4634 Dolphin Road on Sunday at 1 p.m.; services will be graveside.
There'll be a candlelight vigil at Lee Park on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.