dinsdag 15 juni 2010

Alexander "Skip" Spence - Oar (1969)

Skip Spence is a key figure in the music scene from the late 60s. He was the first drummer and thus a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and he was also one of the guitarists in the great Moby Grape. He is one of the best examples of a hippie who couldn't cope with all the drugs that went around in the scene. At one point, he was completely unbearable to his friends and verging on going insane, so he was put away in a mental asylum. He wrote this album in Manhattan, when he was on the brink of mental collapse.

When he was released, he drove his motor bike all the way to Nashville and recorded the album in a few hours. And that was the end of his career. This, his final statement in rock music, is a bewildering rollercoaster through the worlds of schizophrenia and paranoia.

lawrence of euphoria

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