News arrived late Thursday that Paul Kantner, one of the three vocalists in legendary San Francisco psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died at age 74 of multiple organ failure. Kantner was the last remaining member of the band to be living in San Francisco, the city where he was born and where he spent all of his life while not on tour.
He was a student at Santa Clara University and San Jose State College before dropping out to play music, and in addition to being in Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship with Grace Slick, he had a solo career and his own band in more recent years.
He was not, however, involved with Starship, the group led by Slick that had that earworm-y hit every San Franciscan loves to hate, "We Built This City."
Talking about his neighborhood and Trieste in an earlier interview, Kantner said, "I’ve always loved San Francisco better than anywhere. It’s always had its problems, but just the weather alone, the views. This corner alone has proved so nourishing."