February 28, 2020

Jefferson Airplane

Today I will tell you about a cool band called Jefferson Airplane – it was an American rock band based in San Francisco, California that became one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock. The main genre of the group is psychedelic rock. A team was created back in 1965.

At first, they performed a mixture of folk and rock (later called West Coast Rock). Kantner and Balin soon became very popular locally, playing at concerts organized by promoter Bill Graham.

In autumn 1966, the first album, “Jefferson airplane takes off”, was released. Soon the band leaves Signey Anderson and is replaced by a new vocalist – Grace Slick (Grace Barnett Wing, October 30, 1939), who was already known in the band “Great society”, from the repertoire of which were borrowed two songs for the album “Surreal Pilisticlow” – “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love”, which became hits

There are 8 albums in the discography of the group. Among all, I like the 1967 album, Surrealistic Pillow, released in an undefined year. The tracks of this album are permeated with notes of fun that cause a lot of emotions. Other albums released by the group: “1966 – Jefferson Airplane Takes Off”, “1967 – After Bathing at Baxter’s”, “1968 – Crown of Creation”, “1969 – Volunteers”, “1971 – Bark”, “1972 – Long John Silver” , “1989 – Jefferson Airplane.”

As for me the coolest song of the group is “White Rabbit”. “White Rabbit” was written by Grace Slick, who based the lyrics on Lewis Carroll’s book Alice In Wonderland. Like many young musicians in San Francisco, Slick did a lot of drugs. She saw lots of drug references in Carroll’s book, including the pills, the smoking caterpillar, the mushroom, and lots of other images that are generally trippy. She noticed that lots of childrens stories involve a substance of some kind that alters reality, and felt it was time to write a song about it.

The band’s performance in August 1969 at Woodstock Festival (Woodstock) was one of the brightest moments in the history of rock. The band was reborn several times as “Jefferson Starship” and then simply as “Starship”. The name of the band was included in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

In 1970, the musicians decided to stop their concert activities. Caukkonen and Cassidy create the band Hot Tuna.

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