There was a rare London performance by San Francisco musicians Paul Kantner and David Freiberg in London in October 2012. Kantner is the founder of Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship while Freiberg had been in Quicksilver Messenger Service before joining the Airplane/Starship. Jefferson Starship's singer is now Cathy Richardson who had success off-Broadway as Janis Joplin in 'Love Janis' in 2001. She is a powerful vocalist in the tradition of Grace Slick. Jefferson Starship played a set of two hours.
Their version of the 1964 'Let's Get Together' by Dino Valenti encapsulates the LSD-inspired Haight-Ashbury counter-cultural fraternity (“everybody get together, try to love one another right now”). They performed Airplane's 1967 hits 'Somebody to Love' by Darby Slick which proposes free love to abolish human alienation (“When the truth is found to be lies and all the joy within you dies”), and 'White Rabbit' by Grace Slick, which references Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and is a paean to psychedelic drugs (“feed your head”). Also from 1967 they performed 'The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil' by Kantner which is influenced by A.A. Milne poems for children. 'Pooneil' is singer Fred Neil, and the song captures the magic of childhood and the psychedelic 60's (“Love like a mountain springtime flashing through the rivers of my mind”). 'Crown of Creation' by Kantner from 1968 is based on the Cold War science fiction novel 'The Chrysalids' by John Wyndham, and lyrics like “life is change, how it differs from the rocks” are reminiscent of Heraclitus, the father of dialectics.
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