Throwback Thursday-Jefferson Airplane- White Rabbit

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Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit 

Grace Slick argued that White Rabbit was about the importance of education: ‘Feed your head,’ the rousing climax to “White Rabbit”, was intended as a call to liberate brains as much as the senses.

Formed in 1965 the band, Jefferson Airplane, was a pioneer of the psychedelic rock scene. Some say they based their name on Blues singer Blind Lemon Jefferson. Others say they got it from the term for a match split apart to act as a clip for marijuana. They were the symbols of the Haight-Ashbury counterculture movement in the Sixties, and spread the San Francisco Bay area message of peace and love.

When Grace Slick replaced the original singer in Jefferson Airplane, they became an immediate hit. Her voice had all the elements of deep, dark, and wild .The echoing vocals and strong wails were her signature and she also brought the songs, “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” from her previous San Francisco rock band, Great Society.

Jefferson Airplane was the only band to perform at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s; jefferson-airplane_woodstock-768x575.jpgMonterey Pop Festival (June 16 – June 18, 1967), Woodstock Music & Art Fair (August 15-18, 1969) and Altamont Free Concert (December 6, 1969). They also headlined the first Isle of Wight Festival (August 31 & September 1, 1968)

Later, Grace Slick went on to form Jefferson Starship after bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen left Jefferson Airplane.

Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

 

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