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Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 6331
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 4:46 pm:   Edit Post

I just heard on the radio that Paul Kantner has passed away. Another icon is gone.
May the four winds blow you safely home

Think I'll listen to Blows Against the Empire.

Bill, tgo
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 354
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 4:53 pm:   Edit Post

I also just heard about this. Currently listening to the Volunteers album.

RIP Paul Kantner
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4732
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 5:08 pm:   Edit Post

This is really sad . I cannot even begin to count all the ways that his music and philosophical concepts affected me . Paul you will be remembered as an important aspect of the San Francisco sound and as a philosopher of the 60's experience forever. I send my sincere love and respect.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 12035
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:54 pm:   Edit Post

Jefferson Airplane were a major influence, musically and culturally, for me and for our world. And for that, I am grateful.
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 2008
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:57 pm:   Edit Post

Well, hell...............

Senior Member
Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 468
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 - 4:11 am:   Edit Post

Oh man....
Senior Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 656
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 - 6:43 am:   Edit Post

"Blows" is in my top 5 list of all time.
Advanced Member
Username: tomhug

Post Number: 211
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:29 am:   Edit Post

Listening to "Thirty Seconds Over Winterland", which I probably haven't sought out in 30 years, although I listened to it a lot earlier. ( Back before I even knew what an Alembic was. )

I never realized most of that album was actually recorded in my home-town (Chicago)

Advanced Member
Username: ed_zeppelin

Post Number: 241
Registered: 2-2010
Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 - 9:35 am:   Edit Post

I was just reading about "Blows Against The Empire."


This earliest edition of Jefferson Starship included members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (David Crosby and Graham Nash) and members of the Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart), as well as some of the other members of Jefferson Airplane (Grace Slick, Joey Covington, and Jack Casady)

Wow. I listened to it approximately a million times and never knew who I was actually hearing. Maybe because I had cassettes and the cheap plastic cases self-destructed so you wound up with a pile of cassettes with no liner notes. Anyway, I had no idea. It's so great now, because all I knew was that it was terrific music, with a real message.

I also just discovered that he was the only member who appeared on every Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship album (during the "lawsuit era" of the band, the deal he worked out was that no grouping could call itself "Jefferson Airplane" unless it included him, nor "Jefferson Starship" unless it included Grace Slick. That's pretty creative, I think.)

People talk about musicians being an "influence," but I discovered "Bless Its Pointed Little Head" and "Blows" in '72, when I was 13 or 14 and absolutely obsessed with Jack Casady (in particular, "Bear Melt" for some reason, though over the decades I think I figured out who "Bear" was and what "melting" was about :-) ).

I remember sitting by the record player, dropping the needle into the groove over and over, trying to capture genius note for note. It's weird how that stuff distills itself into your playing over time, because I play nothing like Casady.

Same with Tom Fowler from Zappa's "Overnight Sensation" and Greg Lake: it's in there somewhere and pops out in odd places, but overall it's like comparing a Formula One driver and a geezer on a tractor.

The main impression I have of Paul Kantner is that he stuck to his principles throughout his career and his life.


It's a lot of random situations that combine in a certain volatile form and create a bigger-than-the-whole situation that nobody could have predicted. ... You couldn't have fed the '50s into a computer and come out with the '60s."

Paul Kantner

Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 44
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Monday, February 01, 2016 - 11:10 am:   Edit Post

Too many losses so far this year...and they all hurt.

But this one really hurts.

He and the Airplane were both part of the musical foundation that grounded me during my transition into the dreaded teen-aged years. JA also inspired me to pick up a guitar (and eventually a bass) and attempt to find my own musical voice.

Paul: thanks for all of your inspiration and your contributions to music and culture, you'll be missed.
Senior Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 658
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 8:50 am:   Edit Post

Turns out Signe Toly Anderson Ettlin died the same day. Weird.
Advanced Member
Username: pas

Post Number: 317
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2016 - 4:00 pm:   Edit Post

"There are things you can replace, and others you can not..."

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