Go Ask Alice

Clem Albers photo. The Chronicle

1980 Photo. Clem Albers. The Chronicle

Founder of the folk- rock group Jefferson Airplane, and icon of the San Francisco sound of the 1960’s,  Paul Kantner is dead of a heart attack at age 74.

Most famous for songs like “Somebody to Love” and the one that scared all our parents, “White Rabbit” with lyrics like:

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she’s ten feet tall

One of my favorite songs is the beautiful love song, “Today” from their album Surrealistic Pillow.


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40 Responses to Go Ask Alice

  1. David Bowie, Glen Frey, now Paul Kantner. January’s been a rough month for lovers of an era of rock music not likely to be repeated. Today is one of my favorite songs. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful rush! (for those of you not alive in the 70s, “rush” is hippie-speak for a strong feeling of euphoria, either drug-induced or just by life itself!)

  2. I am so shocked what a month!! I remember that song well!

  3. The V-Pub says:

    Is 2016 the year the music died? This is so sad. For me, it really began last June, with the death of Chris Squire, the long time bassist of Yes. Then Lemmy died later that year, and now, Kantner, Frey, Bowie, and Natalie Cole. wow……

  4. LaVagabonde says:

    Bloody hell. Well, I suppose we better get used to all of the music (not just rock) legends moving on to the next dimension.

  5. joey says:

    Apropos to all this, there’s a can’t-put-it-down book called Go Ask Alice, so ‘scandalous’ it’s written by Anonymous.
    I cannot help but wonder what method to the madness there may be in collecting the souls of musicians here of late.

  6. We are all getting up there, Van. I’m afraid this won’t be the last one. There’s some comfort in knowing that despite the inevitable, the music lives on.

  7. My first live concert was Jefferson Airplane, that event holds a lot of memories.

  8. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Goosebumps. Another one bites the dust. What a tough month January has been for rock and roll. Wow!! ❤

  9. Erika Kind says:

    Another one! Sad! January 16, what a month of saying goodbye!

  10. wgr56 says:

    It certainly has been a rough few weeks. Thanks. Your post inspired me to fire up iTunes this morning and take a ride on the Airplane!

  11. George says:

    This is a strange time in our lives when the people we grew up with…. entertainers, athletes…all begin leaving.
    Seems like part of our lives and past go along with them.

  12. TanGental says:

    I’ve never got over Karen Carpenter’s death so these are just more sad notes on the same symphony… lovely tribute Van

  13. Nurse Kelly says:

    Very sad, once again. I had never heard that song before. It really is beautiful. He seemed to stand for peace. Thanks for posting your lovely thoughts on this. xo

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