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Jefferson Airplane Guitarist Paul Kantner Dead at 74

Paul Kantner , founding member, guitarist and singer for Jefferson Airplane and Starship, died Thursday of multiple organ failure and septic shock. He had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week, according to San Francisco Chronicle . He was 74. Grace Slick’s Festival Memories: Fearing Orgies and Getting Lit The musician had been in ill health in recent years, with Kantner suffering a heart attack in March 2015, according to the paper. With Jefferson Airplane, Kantner helped pioneer the oft-imitated psychedelic sound: simple, fuzzy guitar lines steeped in dreamlike reverb. The group formed in 1965 and, within a few years, scored hits with “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” In their first run, five of the band’s seven albums went gold, including 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow and 1968’s Crown of Creation .

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