The Great Society
|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||psychedelic rock psychedelic 60s classic rock rock san francisco american|
|Decades:||1960s 1980s 1990s|
The Great Society was formed in August 1965 by Grace Slick (Grace Barnett Wing, 30 October 1939, Evanston, Illinois, USA; vocals, piano, recorder, guitar), her husband Jerry (drums) and his brother Darby Slick (lead guitar). David Minor (rhythm guitar) and Bard DuPont (bass) completed the line-up having replaced Bill and Jean Piersol, although DuPont was replaced by Peter van Gelder, who also doubled on saxophone. One of the first San Franciscan rock groups, the quintet was active for 13 months, during which they issued one single, Someone To Love (later known as Somebody To Love) on Tom Donahues Autumn Records/Northbeach label. This intriguing Darby Slick composition achieved fame when it was adopted by Jefferson Airplane, the group Grace joined in October 1966. The Great Society broke up on her departure, but two live collections, released solely in the wake of the singers subsequent fame, show a group of rare imagination. The...