33 years today

Max, 2013/12/08 


Of what message and music have we been deprived? A terrible loss, to be sure.


  1. Max wrote,

    Perhaps this anniversary comes 1/3rd of a year too soon?

    BTW – if John were still with us, he might have looked something like this:


    More of such here.

    Comment on 2013/12/08 @ 8:20 am

  2. SkyHarbor wrote,

    What a loss. Lennon was a Genius with a big G. To be shot in the back by a deranged nobody and taken from us that way. I cried like a baby. What a waste.

    RIP John.

    Comment on 2013/12/08 @ 9:57 am

  3. Sluggo wrote,

    He was only 40 so he would be 73 in the pic, yes? October 9, 1940. I feel like he would have less wrinkles. So so so sad. And he even said that he would probably be popped off by some loony! John and George my favorites…

    Comment on 2013/12/08 @ 11:53 am

  4. Max wrote,

    I thought he looked pretty good for 73. The whole series is interesting, but obviously some questionable assumptions have to go into it. For instance, Bob Marley looks as completely hippied out in his seventies as ever, while it looks like Hendrix gave up rock and got an MBA.

    Comment on 2013/12/08 @ 12:09 pm

  5. SkyHarbor wrote,

    Artistic pursuits such as music seem to carry the baggage of self-destructive behaviour. The ‘youth’ culture of Pop music also promotes an ‘anything goes’ sort of lifestyle.

    If we’re honest, can we really imagine a Keith Moon in his seventies? Or Kurt Cobain as a senior rock ‘statesman’?

    With people like John Lennon, their deaths were not their own doing – and yes, I can see John at 73.

    But premature mortality is certainly an ‘occupational hazard’ for rock’n'roll musicians!

    Comment on 2013/12/08 @ 1:27 pm

  6. Max wrote,

    The one I find really hard to imagine is a settled and mature Jim Morrison.

    Comment on 2013/12/08 @ 1:40 pm

  7. SkyHarbor wrote,

    Just one more:

    Comment on 2013/12/08 @ 9:03 pm

  8. byronius wrote,

    A day in the lost life.

    Comment on 2013/12/09 @ 11:28 am

  9. Max wrote,

    Here’s one of those “if they were alive today” pictures except that, very fortunately, she is alive today. One of my favorite people:


    As you can see by the back and forth in this little interview about her art, she’s still feisty.

    Much to our disappointment, Grace Slick won’t appear at the Emerald Cup in Sonoma County. But she is sending her artwork to the annual cannabis festival, which features music from Rebelution, Big Brother and the Holding Co. and her old band mates in Jefferson Starship. The powerhouse singer, whose voice gave flight to Jefferson Airplane’s era-defining hits such as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit,” retired from performing in 1989. Since then Slick, 74, has found a second career painting old friends and white rabbits. We spoke to her from her home in Malibu.

    Q: Paul Kantner is going to be at this festival. How do you get along?

    A: Well, Paul is an interesting character. He moves between humorous and intelligent to a skyrocket temper – you never know who you’re going to get. I don’t care, though. I can lob it back.

    Q: Do you still talk regularly?

    A: We do. It’s easier because I live in Southern California and he lives in Northern California, and it’s a big state.

    Q: Do you miss being able to express yourself onstage?

    A: Not really. I don’t care which art it is. If you were to say to me that I couldn’t paint, I would write. If I couldn’t write, I would be a set designer. As long as I’m creating something, I’m happy.

    Q: You took a grand total of one art class at the University of Miami.

    A: I wasn’t there to learn anything. I just heard it was a fun school. I can definitely pass Art 101. I’m not a genius, but I don’t suck.

    Q: A lot of your paintings refer to “Alice in Wonderland.” Are you reclaiming it after all these years?

    A: It’s a well-known story. What I like about it is everybody has their own read on it. There’s no Prince Charming. She has to fend for herself. I think that’s a good book to read to little girls.

    Q: I like how you use acrylic because you’re too impatient for oil to dry.

    A: With oils, you’ve got to use turpentine and other junk. If you get it in your clothes, it doesn’t come out. If you use acrylic, you just wash the brushes in the sink. It dries fast. I don’t have a lot of time left.

    Q: Were you really as dangerous as everyone thought?

    A: I don’t know. I still say whatever I think. If you have legs, you can leave. If you don’t have legs, you can roll out on your wheelchair. That’s as dangerous as I get. {sbox}


    BTW – I still treasure the memory of a brief interaction with Grace back in the Sheep days. The Alternative Inaugural Ball’s chief beneficiary, PAWS, was chosen because it was a favorite charity of hers and I was hoping to get a plug from her and possibly even an appearance at the event. The appearance was a hope too much, but she did give a plug for it on public radio and I seem to remember she even mentioned the Sheep. I also have a personal letter from her filed away somewhere in which she claimed to have enjoyed listening to the cassette I sent her. Bless her heart. What a goddess. Still beautiful too.

    Comment on 2013/12/09 @ 11:54 am

  10. SkyHarbor wrote,

    Concur. An Occasional wildcat, she does it well…

    yeah. like that.

    Comment on 2013/12/09 @ 12:19 pm

  11. Max wrote,

    “In loyalty to their kind,
    they cannot tolerate our minds.
    In loyalty to our kind,
    we cannot tolerate their obstruction!”

    Awesome freaking lyrics and Grace knew how to deliver them.

    Then again, I would re-phrase the main verse as
    “You… are a klugey sprig on the tree of life”

    Perhaps this is why my lyrics aren’t so legendary.

    Comment on 2013/12/10 @ 10:05 am

  12. SkyHarbor wrote,

    It’s the great lyrics (Paul Kantner) and the tone of Jack Casady’s bass that grab me…

    Comment on 2013/12/10 @ 2:09 pm

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