Kant­ner co- pi­loted Je≠ er­son Air­plane

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press Paul Kant­ner played

san fran­cisco » Paul Kant­ner, an orig­i­nal mem­ber of the 1960s rock group Jef­fer­son Air­plane who stayed with the San Fran­cis­cobased band through its trans­for­ma­tion from hip­pies to hit­mak­ers as the even­tual leader of suc­ces­sor group Jef­fer­son Star­ship, has died at age 74.

Kant­ner, who drew upon his pas­sion for pol­i­tics and sci­ence fic­tion to help write sem­i­nal fa­vorites such as “Wooden Ships” and “Vol­un­teers,” died Thurs­day of or­gan fail­ure and sep­tic shock at a San Fran­cisco hos­pi­tal where he was ad­mit­ted af­ter fall­ing ill ear­lier in the week, his for­mer girl­friend and pub­li­cist Cyn­thia Bow­man, the mother of one of his three chil­dren, toldTheAs­so­ci­ated Press.

His death first was re­port­edThurs­day by the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle.

Few­bandswere so iden­ti­fied with San Fran­cisco or sow­ell- em­bod­ied the ide­al­ism and he­do­nism of the late ’ 60s as Jef­fer­son Air­plane, its mes­sage boldly stated on but­tons and bumper stickers that read “The Jef­fer­son Air­plane Loves You.”

The band ad­vo­cated sex, psy­che­delic drugs, re­bel­lion and a com­mu­nal life­style, op­er­at­ing out of an ec­cen­tric, Colo­nial Re­vival house near Haight- Ash­bury. Its mem­bers sup­ported var­i­ous political and so­cial causes, tossed out LSD at con­certs and played at both the Monterey and Wood­stock fes­ti­vals.

Formed by veter­ans of the folk cir­cuit in the mid-’ 60s, the Air­plane com­bined folk, rock, blues and jazz and­was the first group from a Bay Area scene that also fea­tured Ja­nis Jo­plin and the Grate­ful Dead to achieve main­stream suc­cess, thanks to the clas­sics “Some­body to Love” and “White Rab­bit.”

Be­sides Kant­ner, who played rhythm gui­tar and added back­ing vo­cals, the Air­plane’s best- known­lineup in­cluded singers Grace Slick and Marty Balin; lead gui­tarist Jorma Kauko­nen; bassist Jack Casady; and drum­mer Spencer Dry­den. Jef­fer­son Air­plane, named in part af­ter blues artist Blind Lemon Jef­fer­son, was in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Kant­ner and Slick be­came one of rock’s most prom­i­nent cou­ples. In 1971, Slick gave birth to their daugh­ter, whom the cou­ple orig­i­nally wanted to call God, but de­cided to name China. Slick and Kant­ner broke up in the late 1970s.

rhythm gui­tar and added back­ing vo­cals.

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