Paul Kantner has died, aged 74. Kantner was a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco psychedelic band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit makers under the name Jefferson Starship. But by the mid-1980s, when Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas were lead vocalists, Kantner thought the music so “mundane” that he left the Jefferson Starship and successfully forced the remaining members not to use the name “Jefferson”. (His former bandmates called themselves Starship and had three No1 songs, including Sara and We Built This City).
This video is from the 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival by Jefferson Airplane. A triumph of psychedelic rock.
Jefferson Airplane plays:
Somebody to Love
Other side of this Life
High Flying Bird
Young Girl Sunday Blues
Are all worth checking out, listening to again and again. They are gold.