Monday 1 February 2016

Paul Kantner, 1941–2016 (American guitarist, singer and songwriter)

* Paul Kantner is known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, a leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial spin-off band Jefferson Starship. Kantner led Jefferson Airplane through its highly successful late 1960s period.

Kantner had the longest continuous membership with Jefferson Airplane; at times he was the only founding member still in the band from the original lineup, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with other band members in 1996.

Kantner had three children; sons Gareth (a film producer), and Alexander (a musician who sometimes played with Jefferson Starship), and daughter China (a former MTV VJ and actress; his child with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship singer Grace Slick).

Kantner died in San Francisco at the age of 74 on 28 January 2016 due to multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered a heart attack days earlier.


BIRTH DATA: Paul Lorin Kantner, 17 March 1941, circa 20:00 (8pm) PST (+8), San Francisco, California, USA (37n46, 122w25). ASC: Libra. RR: C (rectified from approximate time). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes Sun and Ascendant Signs ("Paul is Pisces, Libra rising") from "Paul Kantner interview by Patricia Kennealy/Morrison, Jazz & Pop, February 1971" [online version here]. Other data from California Birth Index. A speculative time of 8pm gives Libra rising.

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