The news this past week of Signe Anderson’s and Paul Kantner’s passing—both on January 28, 2016, both at the age of 74—got a lot of people thinking about Jefferson Airplane. Some were lucky enough to see them early when Anderson was the band’s singer, or during the Grace Slick years that followed, when the Airplane’s live repertoire drew heavily from albums like “After Bathing at Baxter’s,” “Crown of Creation,” and “Volunteers.” Others, like me, only saw them at the end of their too-brief ride, when Jefferson Airplane seemed like a side project of Hot Tuna rather than the other way around.
But even at the end, as we gathered in Winterland to hear Jorma and Jack spar with Papa John and fly Jefferson Airplane one last time, we couldn’t fight back the goosebumps when the band broke into Kantner songs like “When the Earth Moves Again.” By then, the hippie logic of that anthem already seemed a bit long in the tooth, but Kantner’s passion, his sincerity, inspired us, while the ringing chords of his Rickenbacker gave this quintessentially psychedelic rock band an almost symphonic anchor. Godspeed, Signe. Godspeed, Paul.
From The ipi House comes a virtual tour of the recent Festival of Rock Posters held on October 24, 2015 at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. Sponsored by The Rock Poster Society, featuring noted Artists, their works and an exclusive interview of the Hosts and Promoters, Pete and Pam Neumiller, produced for THE PAPER EYE.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The ipi House thanks all the Artists, TRPS Staff and
TRPS Board Members Pete and Pam Neumiller
Artist Wes Wilson and Daughter Shirryl
Artist Carolyn Ferris
Artist David Singer
Artist Victor Moscoso and Son Justo
Artist Stanley Mouse
Artist Lee Conklin
Tea Lautrec Litho & many others…
Held on January 21-23, 1966 at Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco, the Trips Festival featured the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Loading Zone, and more. The event handbill was designed by, who many consider the father of the ’60s rock concert poster, the legendary Wes Wilson. You can get an idea of it’s current value now at ExpressoBeans.com.
I’m pretty late to Michael Gillette’s work, but recently a friend of my son’s gave me a copy of his latest book, Drawn in Stereo, so that oversight on my part has now been corrected. You will find a few rock posters in the 192-page hardback, but I really enjoyed Gillette’s rock-related illustrations, sketches, and paintings, such as this 2015 portrait of David Bowie, one of two “Glam Songbirds” in the book (the other is Brian Eno). To read a review of Drawn in Stereo, visit WinkBooks.