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June 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington was killed in a single-car crash in Palm Springs on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Covington, 67, a Palm Springs resident, was driving alone when his coupe left the road at a curve in South Belardo Road and crashed head-on into a retaining wall. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Riverside County coroner. The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs reported that a guest at a nearby motel tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Covington.
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January 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
On the surface, the members of local quartet Warpaint give the impression they're low-key when it comes to making music. Bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg will tell you she doesn't think about music - she "feels" it - and along with singer-guitarist Emily Kokal, the two will regularly apply words such as "chill," "vibe" and "energy" to the band's creative process. Don't be fooled. With the release of a self-titled second album this week, Warpaint enters a key phase of its career. The band's 2010 debut, "The Fool," sold 150,000 copies worldwide, and its success allowed Warpaint to call on some of the most respected studio technicians in the music industry for the follow-up.
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March 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Is this a flashback? One faction of the 1960s psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane is again suing founding member Paul Kantner, alleging that he's using the band's name without permission. Singer Grace Slick and Bill Thompson, former manager of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, filed the federal suit this week, accusing Kantner of violating trademark rights and a settlement signed in 1985.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013
Barbara Vucanovich Nevada's first congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich, 91, who was the first woman to represent Nevada in Congress and went on to serve a sprawling, rural congressional district for 14 years, died Monday at an assisted living complex in Reno after breaking her pelvis in February and never fully recovering, her daughter Patty Cafferata said. Vucanovich, a conservative Republican, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and served from 1983 to 1997.
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March 22, 1987 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Somewhere since the counterculture pop of the '60s, there came a fork in the road, and--as the poet would say (paraphrased)--it is not our lot to know what might have happened had we rocked on down the other path. But neither trail looks all that rosy in retrospect, at least not as exemplified in the extremes of the two paths taken by a pair of Jefferson Airplane spinoff bands.
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March 5, 1989 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Twenty-two years after the Summer of Love, the Jefferson Airplane is revving up its rusty propellers and eyeing the pop skies again. The seminal San Francisco psychedelic band, which hadn't released an album under its original name since 1973 (the group partially re-formed in 1974 as the Starship), is going into the studio in a matter of weeks to begin recording a new album.
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January 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
Spencer Dryden, a drummer for the legendary rock band the Jefferson Airplane, has died of cancer. He was 66. Dryden, who died Monday at his home in Petaluma, Calif., had retired from performing 10 years ago, although he hadn't been working much before that. "I'm gone," he told the San Francisco Chronicle last May. "I'm out of it. I've left the building."
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February 23, 1994 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Papa" John Creach, a violinist who studied with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, segued to jazz and blues, and wound up playing rock with the Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 76. Creach died at Midway Hospital where he was being treated for heart and respiratory problems. Perhaps best known for his years with the Airplane, Creach last year earned the W. C.
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September 18, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
Even during its best moment Saturday night at the Pacific Amphitheatre, the Jefferson Airplane inadvertently raised the question of just what it was doing out of the hangar after all these years. "Volunteer for anything you like, volunteer for anything you need," Grace Slick urged as she improvised at the end of the strong, hard-driving rendition of "Volunteers" that closed an uneven set for the reunited San Francisco band.
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March 8, 1988 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
It has been exactly 15 years since the last flight of the Jefferson Airplane, the seminal San Francisco acid-rock band that charted a musical course through the late 1960s and early '70s counterculture. Internal friction had caused the engines to burn out, and changing public tastes had drastically reduced the number of passengers willing to endure the turbulence of psychedelic instrumentals and anti-Establishment lyrics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington was killed in a single-car crash in Palm Springs on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Covington, 67, a Palm Springs resident, was driving alone when his coupe left the road at a curve in South Belardo Road and crashed head-on into a retaining wall. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Riverside County coroner. The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs reported that a guest at a nearby motel tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Covington.
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August 23, 2009
I enjoyed Randy Lewis' album review ("Groovy Sounds, Again," Aug. 9). In late June Sony/Legacy released a series of Woodstock recordings titled "The Woodstock Experience" featuring complete sets by Johnny Winter, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin. Joplin's set is a revelation. It's a shame the Who's set has not been released; I have the bootleg of their performance, and it's quite good. Greg Stanford Sherman Oaks
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March 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Is this a flashback? One faction of the 1960s psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane is again suing founding member Paul Kantner, alleging that he's using the band's name without permission. Singer Grace Slick and Bill Thompson, former manager of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, filed the federal suit this week, accusing Kantner of violating trademark rights and a settlement signed in 1985.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
Spencer Dryden, a drummer for the legendary rock band the Jefferson Airplane, has died of cancer. He was 66. Dryden, who died Monday at his home in Petaluma, Calif., had retired from performing 10 years ago, although he hadn't been working much before that. "I'm gone," he told the San Francisco Chronicle last May. "I'm out of it. I've left the building."
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November 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
She once performed topless in the rain so she wouldn't ruin her silk blouse, and she threatened to spike President Nixon's tea with LSD. But that was a lifetime ago for Grace Slick, the steely psychedelic rocker who added enough salt to her words to wither a seasoned sailor. These days, she has tamed that wild child. And she's turned to painting to get her creative urges out.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 1999
With regard to Steve Hochman's review of the "Oar" tribute album (Record Rack, July 10), Skip Spence did indeed play drums with Jefferson Airplane. But it was as a guitar player in MobyGrape that he helped create their wonderful guitar-driven sound, with Don Stevenson supplying the beat. JON SANDERS La Crescenta
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July 6, 1995 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Perhaps more than any group, the Jefferson Airplane epitomized the spirit of revolutionary politics in rock music of the late '60s. The group pointed fingers, named names, called for an overthrow of the system, but did so with wit, intelligence and razor-sharp sarcasm rather than easy sloganeering. The group's legacy was tainted in subsequent years by various mutated versions of Jefferson Starship--perhaps reaching its nadir with the 1985 hit, "We Built This City."
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December 2, 1992 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane and composer of some of the most vivid countercultural anthems of the '60s, was discussing his latest musical project: "You've gotta take acid and go down to the dance hall to appreciate it, man," he said, laughing. "Naw," he added, "all that was sort of like the fourth grade. It's something you did when you were a kid. Next!"
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June 2, 1996 | Cheo Hodari Coker
Jim Carrey's hokey but surprisingly evocative rendition of the Jefferson Airplane '60s anthem "Somebody to Love" would be reason enough to buy this collection--but there's plenty more. Silverchair's adrenaline-pumping "Blind," Ruby's exotic "This Is" and Cypress Hill's brooding "The Last Assassin" make this collection a sure-fire summer hit. * Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
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July 6, 1995 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Perhaps more than any group, the Jefferson Airplane epitomized the spirit of revolutionary politics in rock music of the late '60s. The group pointed fingers, named names, called for an overthrow of the system, but did so with wit, intelligence and razor-sharp sarcasm rather than easy sloganeering. The group's legacy was tainted in subsequent years by various mutated versions of Jefferson Starship--perhaps reaching its nadir with the 1985 hit, "We Built This City."
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