Rock & Roll illustrations by Martín Sierra
All this year here In the Studio, we have been featuring interviews with many of the musicians who in 1967 created the musical soundtrack for what has long been known as the Summer of Love, starting back in January with The Doors debut, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s Are You Experienced?, all of which have remained peerless over forty-five summers of love, war, achievement, hope, and despair…(cont)
Melodic Wanderings, Starting in Timbuktu
This was published in the New York Times Sunday Arts Section, January 9, 2011:
As 2010 ended, Sony Music quietly released four albums of live Jefferson Airplane from 1966 and 1968. With their attentive audiences and casual stage patter, they’re all psychedelic time capsules: the band’s final set with its early singer Signe Anderson; Grace Slick’s debut show the next night; and two shows from October 1966 at Fillmore East, where, charmingly, the band introduces a song by Ms. Slick titled “White Rabbit” to a few perfunctory hand claps. The best of the four, despite the distorted recording, is “Return to the Matrix” (Collectors’ Choice/Sony) from 1968, with the band — now nationally known — in full cry at the club where it first played. The Airplane was a motley alliance: Ms. Slick’s cutting soprano, Marty Balin’s pop-soul tenor, Jorma Kaukonen’s fingerpicked blues and psychedelic lead guitar, Paul Kantner’s folky foundation, and the jazz-tinged rhythm section of Jack Casady’s bass and Spencer Dryden’s drums. That made for an improvisatory push and pull that made no two performances alike: volatile, messy and alive.
Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship founder Paul Kantner briefly discusses his career on The BackStage Pass. Recorded live on tour backstage at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. The sound on this is pretty bad.
Side One of the Jefferson Airplane‘s classic 1967 album ‘Surealistic Pillow’ gets a heavy workout in the Coen brothers’ latest film, ‘A Serious Man,’ loosely based on the directors’ own coming-of-age in suburban Minnesota in the era of acid rock. Bar mitzvah boy Danny listens to ‘Somebody to Love’ on transistor-radio earphones to get through Hebrew school.
Read the whole story on http://www.spinner.com
When Jorma recently saw the movie “Young at Heart” about a chorus of octogenarians doing rock songs he was blown away! Read the whole story as well as a letter from Jorma on our Forum.
The Official Jefferson Starship website-A Deck moderated by Paul Kantner-JEFFERSON STARSHIP, a collaboration of celebrated musicians that plays from the rich songbook of its legendary forefathers JEFFERSON AIRPLANE and the original incarnation of JEFFERSON STARSHIP, prevails as one of the most critically acclaimed touring acts today.
40th Anniversary Edition of Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace And Music – released by Warner Bros on June 15th, 2009 (UK Release Date)
The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960′s peace movement, and the Best Documentary Oscar winning film ‘Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace And Music’ (1970) is the definitive record of that milestone of rock n’ roll history. Warner Home Video is pouring on the love for Woodstock’s 40th anniversary this summer, packing in two hours of never-before-released footage into its 4 Disc DVD and 2 Disc Blu-ray special edition.
If you click on the link below you’ll be able to view the artwork and the press release in full… http://www.unique-pr.co.uk/project.php?project=00044
By Craig Wilson, USA TODAY
If you remember the ’60s, as the joke goes, you weren’t there. It was the perfect storm of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. A hippie haze of happy days. And a few not-so-happy days.
Read the full review here: http://www.usatoday.com