Oh no. Another great classic rocker — folk-rocker, acid-rocker — is gone.
Paul Kantner was always a favorite, not only for his slightly geeky beauty, mellow voice, and style, but because he had a science-fiction sensibility that marked his greatest songs. For all his rockstar cool, I always felt like he was One of Us — the high school misfits, the people who “think too much” for their own good, the ones who’d probably rather be in their bedrooms reading Asimov, Heinlein, and Bradbury than getting public attention. People who’d rather not be messed with by authority, too.
Besides, I can still get a touch of contact high from listening to those old Jefferson Airplane songs. Kantner, Balin, Kaukonen, Slick … loved ’em all, each with their own remarkable talents, meshing so magically.
Oh, Paul Kantner, not you, too.