January 1, 1993 |
When the truth is found to be lies And all the joy within you dies Don't you want somebody to love? --Jefferson Airplane, "Somebody to Love" Her voice sounded like a hurricane rushing through a tunnel. There was a fury in Grace Slick's singing, even though Jefferson Airplane loved everybody. Slick wore her attitude the way others of the psychedelic age wore a peace button. "White Rabbit" made her rock's reigning acid queen, and 25 years later, she's retired from music.
June 22, 1989 |
Paul Kantner held up a headline from the Weekly World News tabloid for his fellow members of the just re-formed Jefferson Airplane: "1960s Hippies and Radicals Were UFO Aliens." The five ex-hippies, gathered at a Canoga Park recording studio, had a good laugh. Twenty years ago, the Airplane--perhaps the most overtly political of the San Francisco hippie bands, and certainly the most commercially successful--probably did seem like a bunch of aliens to Middle America. "We are your parents' worst nightmare," provocative singer Grace Slick quipped at the time.
March 29, 2002 |
When Gucci's Tom Ford sent models bounding down the runway in Milan earlier this month wearing witchy-looking silk jersey gowns and black crucifixes, the image was unmistakable. It was vintage Stevie Nicks with the music ("Rhiannon," "Edge of Seventeen") to match. But there was another reference, to the standard-bearer of L.A. style in the 1960s and '70s, fashion designer Holly Harp. When Ford was still in diapers, Harp was one of the original purveyors of the rich hippie look.
February 16, 2006 |
QUICK -- name a game that is the opposite of cool. If you said "bingo," you'd be wrong. Sybil Nicholson and Shelly Brown, staffers at the LA Weekly, are attempting to wrestle the game of pure luck from the embrace of retirement homes nationwide via their monthly fundraising party, Rock & Roll Bingo.
April 2, 1994 |
A few years ago, after spending virtually his entire adult life in one job, Craig Chaquico found himself looking for a new career direction. From 1974 to 1990, Chaquico had a lucrative and secure gig as lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship (later just Starship). The Bay Area band, which began as an offshoot of the '60s countercultural icon Jefferson Airplane, scored 13 gold and platinum albums during a tenure marked by stylistic shifts and frequent personnel shake-ups.
April 22, 2010 |
"People used to say nobody can sing my songs but me — they're too personal," Joni Mitchell explained last week during a rare interview. Apparently, nobody told John Kelly not to try adapting her songs. The renowned Obie Award-winning actor and performance artist has been belting out Mitchell's songs for more than 20 years. This weekend, the New York-based Kelly concludes the L.A. run of his acclaimed solo tribute to the iconic, iconoclastic singer-songwriter, "Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell," at Renberg Theatre.