Paul Kantner, guitarist, songwriter, and a founding member of Jefferson Airplane (later known as Jefferson Starship), has died at age 74.
Kantner died on Thur. Jan. 28th. Kantner was a co-founder of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane. I remember him for a number of reasons and last saw him a few short years ago. (I’ll save those memories for another day). He truly was an important part of the Psychedelic Rock scene that became prevalent in 1960s San Fransisco.
Personally, I loved some of the mid to late 70s’ Jefferson Starship albums “Red Octopus”, “Spitfire” and “Earth”. The combination of Balin and Slick on a few of the tracks from those albums is quite memorable. With the loss of rockers like David Bowie, Eagles’ Glenn Frey and now Paul Kantner; its been a sad month, but also a time to reflect on all the incredible music these talents gave us.
With hit songs like Somebody to Love or White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane wrote several hymns of the hippie movement.
Kantner, guitarist of San Francisco and pioneer of the counterculture, had also become famous by defending drug use.
He was also co-founder of Jefferson Starship.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.