Paul Kanter (1941-2016)

This past week the founder of the San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, Paul Kanter, passed away. Kantner was co-founder of Jefferson Airplane the iconic San Francisco countercultural rock band. The band released the album “Jefferson Airplane Takes Off” in 1966 and a year later “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” reached a national audience. You can read Kanter’s Obituary at the New York Times

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A Ninety-Eight Song Jefferson Airplane Playlist is available on Youtube that includes:

Somebody to Love” (Surrealistic Pillow 1967)
White Rabbit” (Surrealistic Pillow 1967)
High Flying Bird (Live at Monterey Pop 1967)
Wooden Ships (Volunteers 1969)
Volunteers” (Live at Woodstock 1969)

There is also footage of the Jefferson Airplane performing “The Other Side of this Life” at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival, a rock concert held in December, 1969, in northern California, between Tracy and Livermore. Additional footage of the concert and the violence and strife that emerged is available on the web.

Interested in learning more? A Resources and Links page pulls together Jefferson Airplane materials from around the Web. The Times page includes articles and reviews, the Jefferson Airplane page at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Jefferson Airplane Home Page. You can also browse the You Tube Music Vault.