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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Spencer Dryden 1938 - 2005 Posted by Hello

Fare thee well then Spencer Dryden. I learned from Reidski, that the drummer from my all time favourite band has died. I �discovered� Jefferson Airplane much as Christopher Columbus �discovered� America. I happened upon them by chance, by borrowing 30 Seconds Over Winterland from Father Bell. I took it home, played it endlessly and eventually had to return it to him. By then I was hooked and the really fabulous thing about them was they were mine, everybody else I hung around with had Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd or later on Lynyrd Skynyrd as their favourite bands, me I had Jefferson Airplane, unique and so incredibly hip. So very different to all the other bands that my mates were into. JA were the archetypical San Francisco band, West Coast Acid Rock at its best. No strangers to controversy they were very much the alternative counter culture, tipping their hat to political and environmental concerns long before they were fashionable.
They are the band that will remain with me for the rest of my life. Musically and politically their anarchic approach to life as well as music pretty much hits the spot for me time and time again. Spencer Dryden didn't appear on 30 Seconds though, that was Johnny Barbata, once of The Turtles. Dryden however was the drummer of the definitive Airplane, through the classic albums Surrealistic Pillow (My Number 1 Album of all time......U.S. Import Version of course), Crown of Creation, Volunteers and After Bathing at Baxters. Its perhaps on After Bathing at Baxters you realise the versatility and talent of Spencer. His Jazz background comes through on the nine minute jam that is Spayre Chaynge. Classic. So much so I'm off to play it now!

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