Sunday Suggestion – Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit

This classic track from Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow is one of the first to feature Grace Slick who also wrote the track. It’s minimalistic, cool and teetering on the edge all at the same time with the tense, cascading bass line, rhythm section and brushed percussion. They all gradually take a step up as Grace’s vocals threaten to push the song to it’s peak before actually getting there, with all theatrical and dramatic flair. It is no surprise then, that this song became so synonymous with the Vietnam war and the awful experiences happing daily for soldiers and civilians on both sides. For many on the American side it provided an escape, but for those back in the West, it accompanied the fight to stop the brutal conflict with it’s drug fuelled grandeur.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995 @musicotherthing

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