Jack Casady, the iconic 1960s bassist, is a fairly shy guy. He has been the quiet partner in crime for five decades with the more effervescent Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. Kaukonen with wife Vanessa in 1998 founded the Fur Peace Ranch as a serious alternative to what’s known as “rock fantasy camps.”
Slick was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis C . Due to complications of this disease, his liver is not functioning properly. Doctors have given him a 50/50 chance of survival in the next two years if he does not receive a liver transplant.
UPDATE: Tuesday July 27, 2013, Slick Aguilar received a liver transplant. As of today, August 3, he is holding his own and recovering. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
YOU CAN HELP HERE: http://slickaguilar.com/Donation_Perks.html
In continuing to speak openly, Slick shares his thoughts for seeking help in the form of donations so this will be possible. “I do have insurance but it will not be enough to cover all of the expenses. I am a working musician and right now because of my health, I’m not working at all. Being a musician is a great job and I love what I do but not all of us are paid like Paul McCartney. It’s a decent living but not enough to cover something as big as a liver transplant. Donations in any amount are going to be helpful. I’ve never had to do anything like this before but with the way the situation is I have no other source of income.”
June 6, 2013. We were very sad of the passing of Joey Covington, drummer for Jefferson Airplane this past Tuesday. He was an early collaborator with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, helping found Hot Tuna before taking on the full time gig as JA’s drummer in 1970. He was a lifelong musician, playing one of many free gigs in his community of Palm Springs as recently as June 1 this year.
Here are links to a couple of the news stories from around the country regarding Joey’s passing
We here at JeffersonAirplane.com mourn his loss to the music world, and we invite you to celebrate his life with your memories and tributes on our Forum.
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.
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
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
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.
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.