David Freiberg was a co-founder of 1960′s psychedelic band Quicksilver Messenger Service, which was known for extended jams as captured on their classic album Happy Trails. He toured with Jefferson Airplane toward the end of that band’s existence, and stayed on when the band evolved into Jefferson Starship. He was a co-writer of Jefferson Starship’s 1979 hit song “Jane”. Both Freiberg and Paul Kantner quit the band as its sound became more commercial, in particular before the recording of “We Built This City” as Starship.
Freiberg answered the following questions by phone on 7/16/13 for a preview article for the Jefferson Starship performance at the Chumash Casino on 8/1/13.
Photos of Country Joe McDonald, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Starship from 4/30/10 concert at Oreana Winery, Santa Barbara. Photos by L. Paul Mann. Here is a review of the concert.
Review of Jefferson Starship concert 4/30/10 at Oreana Winery, with openers Country Joe McDonald and Quicksilver Messenger Service
Photos from the concert.
Paul Kantner was a co-founder, singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter for the Sixties psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, which is best known for the hits “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit”. His songwriting credits include “Crown of Creation”, “We Can Be Together”, “Volunteers” (co-written with bandmate Marty Balin) and “Wooden Ships” (co-written with David Crosby and Stephen Stills). Kantner stayed onboard when Jefferson Airplane morphed into Jefferson Starship.
This interview was conducted by phone on 4/21/10. It formed the basis of a preview article for Jefferson Starship’s 4/30/10 show in Santa Barbara.
Songwriters and musicians answer the question: What advice would you give to an aspiring songwriter/musician? Responses from:
Sir George Martin
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford
Rickie Lee Jones
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt
Abdul “Duke” Fakir
David “Honeyboy” Edwards
Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka
Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia
Country Joe McDonald
Van Dyke Parks
James Jackson Toth
Will Cullen Hart