Jefferson Airplane rocker Paul Kantner dies

Published: Friday 29th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Paul Kantner, an original member of seminal 1960s rock band Jefferson Airplane and the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died.

Kantner, 74, who survived close brushes with death as a younger man and recovered from a heart attack last year, died at a San Francisco hospital on Thursday after falling ill earlier in the week, his former girlfriend and publicist Cynthia Bowman said.

Few bands so embodied the idealism and hedonism of the late 60s music scene in San Francisco as Jefferson Airplane. Kantner drew upon his passion for politics and science fiction to help write favourites such as Wooden Ships.

The group was the first from the Bay Area to get a national record contract and achieve mainstream success, thanks to the classics Somebody To Love and White Rabbit.

Published: Friday 29th January 2016 by The News Editor

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