View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:55 pm

Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
RIP Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane (1941-2016) 
Author Message
Centennial Attendee
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:46 am
Posts: 545
Location: Aurora, IL, USA, Terra
Reply with quote
Post RIP Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane (1941-2016)
Paul Kantner, guitarist for the Jefferson Airplane and other bands, .

In the science fiction world, he's notable for a not-quite-Airplane 1970 concept album, Blows against the Empire. The gang of musicians Kantner recruited he billed, logically enough, Jefferson Starship. They sang several songs about starships. Including one entitled "Starship." I loved this album.

So did a bunch of other SF fans. In 1971, Blows against the Empire was nominated for a Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation; sadly, it was beaten out by No Award.

The (very faint) relevance to Heinlein lies in Kantner's correspondence with him. Blows describes a plot by opressed people to hijack a government-built starship, much like the one in Methuselah's Children. Heinlein wrote back thanking him for the courtesy to ask permission, rather than just appropriating the story's ideas. in the second volume of Bill Patterson's biography.

(Eventually, the name Jefferson Starship was recycled and the band met with considerable success.)

Bill Higgins

Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:13 am
Profile WWW
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:33 pm
Posts: 131
Location: Evanston, IL
Reply with quote
Post Re: RIP Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane (1941-2016)
Age 74: much too young!

Thanks, beamjockey, for the reminder about Blows against the Empire. I'd completely forgotten about that album. It's now on my Amazon list.

Tom Kendall

Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:32 pm
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 2 posts ] 

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by STSoftware.
[ Time : 0.039s | 9 Queries | GZIP : Off ]