January has added another musician to its list of music legends that it has claimed in 2016 as the news that Jefferson Airplane’s co-founder and guitarist Paul Kantner has passed away began circulating not too long ago today. He was 74 years old.
Based on my own vintage I cannot claim to ever having followed the earliest material of The Jefferson Airplane when they first came to be since I was about one year old at the time. Of course as I grew older and began appreciating music more and more I would find myself enjoying their most classic tunes like “White Rabbit” (which I had no idea what was about for quite a while) and of course the absolutely seminal number “Somebody To Love”. There were more but these are always my own first deferred to because I would remain one of those casual fans over the years and never a proper study. Kantner had been in poor health over the last few years and only a couple of days before his passing had suffered a heart attack. He would die from what is reported as multiple organ failure and septic shock that were resultant of this heart attack. This has been a terrible month for music without a doubt but on the same token a lot of our favorites are getting on in years so these posts are bound to happen more and more. Those with more interest in this mans musical legacy can find out a wealth of information via his Wikipedia entry which is linked below. On behalf of the PiercingMetal site we send condolences to the family, friends, band mates and worldwide fans of the great Paul Kantner. Thanks for the music sir. May you Rest In Peace.
Official Wiki Entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Kantner