Taking off with Jefferson Airplane

Grace Slick backstage at the Meadowlands in 1983 (Rich Lee photo)

As I announced last week, each one of my radio shows this semester will focus on a different recording artist I had the privilege of interviewing while I covered rock’n’roll in the early 1980s.

This week, I will be playing music by Jefferson Airplane and its various offshoots.

I’ll share stories about my conversations with Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Mickey Thomas.

The show airs from Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. on WSBU-FM and is streamed online at http://player.listenlive.co/37351.

Here is a preview of some of the stories I plan to share:

1. My first paid job as a journalist was covering a Hot Tuna concert at St. Bonaventure University in 1975 as a freelancer for the Olean Times Herald.

2. I interviewed Mickey Thomas for a cover story in the Aquarian Weekly in 1982 while he was a lead vocalist in Jefferson Starship.

3. When I interviewed Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen about their Hot Tuna reunion in 1983, we had to end our telephone conversation early because one of the musician’s dogs was barking so loudly we could not hear each other.

4. When I got to attend a backstage party with the band in 1983, Grace Slick looked fantastic in person.

5. Paul Kantner did not.

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