Spencer & Paul at Woodstock
Spencer Dryden April 7, 1938 – January 11, 2005
Here’s to us and those like us, damn few left!
In the photo above you see Spencer Dryden and Paul Kantner at Bethel Woods. It was more than a lifetime ago for some and a fading memory for those of us still inhabiting this earth. Spencer Dryden and Jack Casady were the anchormen for Jefferson Airplane in that time. In my opinion, even these many years later, the lineup that played Woodstock, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jack Casady, Grace Slick, Marty Balin and myself was the gold standard incarnation of our band. Yes I know Nicky Hopkins was in the mix back then but he was always a treasured guest.
Anyway, today is the 19th anniversary of Spencer’s death. Spencer’s hospice nurse, Brad Coyle, was a Fur Peace Ranch guest and thanks to him I was actually able to reconnect with Spencer and talk to him before he passed.
A guy my age gets lots of questions about what it was like back in the day blah blah blah.
Spencer my friend, we were young together in an important time in my life. I will never forget you.
I hope your ship still is sailing perfect waters…