January 29, 2016

Boomer Anthems: Volunteers by The Jefferson Airplane

Look what's happening out in the streets
Got a revolution
Got to revolution

Hey I'm dancing down the streets
Got a revolution
Got to revolution

Ain't it amazing all the people I meet
Got a revolution
Got to revolution

One generation got old
One generation got soul
This generation got no destination to hold

Pick up the cry

Hey now it's time for you and me
Got a revolution
Got to revolution

Come on now we're marching to the sea
Got a revolution
Got to revolution

Who will take it from you
We will and who are we?

We are volunteers of America
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America

Paul Lorin Kantner (March 17, 1941 – January 28, 2016)

A political anarchist, Kantner once advocated the use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD for mind expansion and spiritual growth, and was a prominent advocate of the legalization of marijuana. In a 1986 interview, Kantner shared his thoughts about cocaine and alcohol, saying, "Cocaine, particularly, is a bummer. It's a noxious drug that turns people into jerks. And alcohol is probably the worst drug of all. As you get older and accomplish more things in life in general, you realize that drugs don't help, particularly if you abuse them."[50] When Kantner suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in 1980, his attending physician at Cedars-Sinai, Stephen Levy, was quick to point out it was not a drug-related issue, saying: "There is zero relationship between Paul's illness and drugs. He doesn't use drugs." Kantner died in San Francisco at the age of 74 on January 28, 2016 due to multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered a heart attack days earlier


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Say it like It is
Sing it like It is
Pray it like It is
In essence you are what It is.
The proof is left to the student.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at January 29, 2016 3:43 PM

Jesus, that video.

The "60s" were about 7 years of being forced to listen to some brat pitching a tantrum, and then being treated to the spectacle of their rhapsodizing about the experience in terms of high art. Keep mulling over that Yuri Bezhmenov video where he explains the takeover of Western civilization by the denigration of its culture. That vid is exhibit one.

Thank Christ that's over.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 29, 2016 6:15 PM

Liked the music, fashions, and looser attitudes towards the body, sex, and "consciousness expansion."
Disliked the stupid Left politics, dirtiness, and laziness.
Like it or not, we'll be feeling that era's effects for a long, long time.

Posted by: Skorpion at January 29, 2016 6:49 PM

Goddamn stupid communist hippies can't die off fast enough.

Posted by: Doug at January 29, 2016 10:35 PM

Elvis got invited to the White House? Still waiting for my invitation...but would reject such if it was from the current president.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at January 30, 2016 7:08 AM

Surrealistic Pillow is still one of the finest rock albums of all time. As for the rest of Jefferson Airplane, and the whole San Fran acid rock 60's thang- What was true for me then is true now. I loved the psychedelia- still have fond memories of dropping acid out on Stinson Beach. But even then I despised the politics. The radicals destroyed the whole vibe.
What I find amusing currently is hearing the woefully unhappy Gen X crowd wailing and moaning and blaming everything that is wrong with the world on the Boomers. Just like the whiners of my day blamed it all on "The Establishment". Too bad I won't be around to hear the current generation of tattooed monstrosities blaming all their woes on Gen X. What goes around...
Sometimes you just gotta' laugh.


Posted by: jwm at January 30, 2016 9:46 AM

Yes, Surrealistic Pillow is one of the finest rock albums of all time and I loved and still love his voice. Didn't pay any attention to the politics.

Posted by: pbird at January 30, 2016 10:08 AM

Never "got into" the airplane but it was refreshing to hear Paul dissing drugs & alcohol.
I suppose we all grow up...

Posted by: Stella at February 4, 2016 3:31 PM