Thursday, January 28, 2016

Farewell to Paul Kantner

More sad news in the music world: Paul Kantner, founding member and guitarist of the Jefferson Airplane, has died at age 74.

From SFGate.com, the web site of the San Francisco Chronicle:
The Airplane was renowned for thrilling vocal gymnastics by singers Marty Balin, Grace Slick and Mr. Kantner, the psychedelic blues-rock sound developed by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady, and the LSD-spiked, ’60s-era revolutionary fervor of its lyrics.

The band was formed in 1965 in a Union Street bar called the Drinking Gourd, when Balin met Mr. Kantner and expressed his interest in creating a “folk-rock” band. It didn’t take long for the Airplane to attract a sizable local following, enough so that when fledgling promoter Bill Graham opened his legendary Fillmore Auditorium, the Jefferson Airplane served as the first headliner.
We're adding extra helpings of Airplane music to our mix to remember Kantner's big contribution to 20th Century music.

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