In what seems to be a never ending river of sad news from the music world, Popdose has learned that Paul Kantner, singer/guitarist/songwriter for ’60’s psychedelic legends Jefferson Airplane (and their ’70’s sequel band, Jefferson Starship) has died at the age of 74.  The cause was multiple organ failure after having suffered a heart attack earlier in the week; he’d been in ill health for the last few years.

With Jefferson Airplane, Mr. Kantner pioneered what became known as the San Francisco sound in the mid-1960s, with such hits as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” The Airplane was known for the vocal interplay of singers Marty Balin, Grace Slick and Mr. Kantner, the “psychedelic blues” developed by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady and the LSD-spiked, ‘60’s-era countercultural/revolutionary themes in their lyrics.

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Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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