Signe Anderson, Jefferson Airplane’s original female vocalist, passed away at the age of 74 on January 28th, the same day former band mate Paul Kantner died.
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Paul Kantner, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Thursday. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74 and had suffered a heart attack this week.
More tributes to follow, but below are a few links with more information.
The Recording Academy® announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring of 2016. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks. [Read More...]
“One for Paul, one for Jorma, one for to make Jack’s bass rejoice, can’t you hear old Gracie wailin’, ah good memories that feed my head” sings former Jefferson Airplane/Starship lead vocalist Marty Balin about his former Airplane band mates on the song Good Memories, the title track of one of two new Marty Balin records issued simultaneously: Good Memories, a collection of newly-recorded acoustic tinged renditions of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship classics and a new studio album, The Greatest Love.
[Rock Cellar Magazine] caught up with the gifted singer/songwriter for a look back at a career filled with more than its share of good memories. [Read More...]
Given his time with both Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, when Marty Balin wants to create an album of new arrangements of his past works, he’s got a hell of a repertoire from which to draw. Thus it’s no surprise at all that Balin’s new double-album of just that sort, Good Memories (released on Friday), is uniformly excellent. [Read More]
It’s been a half-century since rock ’n’ roll ate some LSD and wrote the soundtrack to the psychedelic movement. This has been a summer of celebrations—what with the Grateful Dead’s final run of shows and, now, a one-time-only, star-studded event with another face-melting group, Jefferson Airplane. [Read More...]
By 1967, restless American youth had found somebody to love in Grace Slick, whose trippy onstage provocations, beautiful looks, and outlier attitude shone bright during the Summer of Love.
VF Daily caught up with the hilarious former acid rocker, now painting voraciously at her tropical Malibu getaway, who told us about aging, art, and the evils of alcohol. [Read More]
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In a note posted earlier this week on the band’s official Facebook page, Kantner writes, “I am feeling quite good and semi-normal, all things considered.”
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner is recovering after suffering a suspected heart attack. The rocker, who turned 71 earlier this month (Mar15), has been hospitalized after taking “a bad turn”, according to a post on the band’s Facebook.com page. Read more…