6/12/17: Jefferson Airplane “Somebody to Love”
This morning, I woke up with the sound of Grace Slick’s voice! Jefferson Airplane pioneered psychedelic rock out in San Francisco during the mid-60s, paving the way for all the experimental acts we’ve come to know and love from that era.
The Airplane defined the sound of the bay area during the “summer of love,” the famed celebration of everything we often associated with the counterculture movement from that time. In 1967, they were the first group from Frisco to achieve stardom across the country and around the world.
This year is the fiftieth anniversary of that legendary summer, and if you were ever planning on visiting San Francisco with some flowers in your hair, now would be the time to do it. There’s special celebrations going on in the Bay area all summer as throwbacks to when bands like Jefferson Airplane were playing at festivals like Monterey, Woodstock and Altamont. The Airplane even flew across the pond for the first Isle of Wight festival!
It took a while for Jefferson Airplane to find mainstream commercial success, but developing following in California was never a problem. Enthusiastic local audiences and receptive critics made for a positive reputation that eventually exploded with the addition of the beautiful and talented Grace Slick to the lineup. “Somebody to Love” was actually originally recorded in early versions by Slick’s previous band, and it was the success of the “Surrealistic Pillow” album that contained both “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” (both of which featured Grace Slick’s powerful contralto voice heavily!) that made it a heavy-hitter in terms of rock music history and a popular radio-play album at the time.
The name of the album, “Surrealistic Pillow,” is credited to none other than Jerry Garcia, who was heavily involved with the production of the album, though Jefferson Airplane and their record label couldn’t acknowledge his contributions officially. In the album jacket, Jerry Garcia is listed as the band’s “spiritual advisor.”
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The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school for kids of all ages located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate Crossing.
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Now Open for business, you are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!
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AND, to kick off a partnership with the Public School Foundation; For every new enrollment through the end of June, they will donate $10 to the local public schools’ music and performing arts programs, and moving forward, they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue, so help them support music in the local public schools and enroll today!
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