Be free & have fun!

Thoughts and memories from longtime Jefferson Airplane Manager Bill Thompson

Be free & have fun!

Postby bill-thompson on Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:59 pm

Memories From An Airplane

So we were able to take a plane from the Santa Barbara airport
to Los Angeles where we connected with another plane to Des
Moines, Iowa. We landed and got rent a cars and drove to
Grinnell College. I remember that we had sound problems
but our sound man, David Freeze, was able to work this out.
This was a time when folk music was fading and rock n' roll
was taking over. We had the band, myself, David Freeze &
our light show man, Tony Martin. Marty & I had seen Tony
in 1965 on Haight St where he was doing light shows to
Ekectronic music. To do a light show, there had to be a screen
behind the band & the light show artist would project oils on the screen in time to the music.

It was "Homecoming" at Grinell and the girls were dresses in long
dressed that went down to their ankles and the the young men
wore suits and ties. Their parents were seated in the gyms seats.
Here was this band with long hair and this beautiful model,
Grace Slick, singing. The band did three sets that night. The first
set everyone in the audience was silent. They had never seen
or hear anything like this before. The band took a break in between
the first and second sets, The parents went home to get ready
to feed the cows and the goats the next day.

The second set the young people started to dance and get into
the experience. The third set everyone relaxed: the boys took off their
coats and ties and the girls took off their shoes and everyone
began dancing like crazy. They wouldn't let the band get off the stage.
I felt like the "Airplane' were Pied Pipers and spreading a more
important message: Be free & have fun!
I read a year later that the students at Grinnell college had staged
a nude in, protesting some policy of the college!

Peace
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Postby graceslick on Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:35 pm

What DVD!? I can't see the pics! They are just squares with red crosses, dammit! :?
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Postby DonRico1967 on Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:49 pm

YES where are the photos!?!?!?!

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Re: Be free & have fun!

Postby DonRico1967 on Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:49 pm

"Well?"

"Well?"

8)
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Re: Be free & have fun!

Postby Acid Wolf on Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:46 pm

The pictures are showing up fine on my end of the interwebs...
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Re: Be free & have fun!

Postby graceslick on Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:03 am

Oh, I can see it now. Meh. I've had that lovely DVD for years. It's really good. :)

You know what's weird though? I apparently posted on this thread before, demanding to see the DVD pic that wasn't working, and yet I have absolutely NO recollection of composing this at all! :oops: Yes, folks. I think I may finally be approaching 100% senility.

Oh, hey Bill, if you're around these threads apart from just the original posts, in your time spent with the Airplane, did you ever see Grace sneeze? lol. I still want to know. *clearly insane* :mrgreen:
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Re: Be free & have fun!

Postby psychhead on Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:33 am

:lol: :lol: Hello Bill. Thanx for this PERTINENT thread!! :) :) :) :)
I wish I had been there!! :)

"MAY YOUR DOGS BE WITH YOU" :) :) 8)


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