Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Music: White Rabbit

I was working all day in Coffee Culture, and I think one of the employees had "Surrealistic Pillow" playing on repeat. It's one thing to research antitrust pleading standards, and it's a whole 'nother ball of wax to do it with Jefferson Airplane stuck in your head. Besides "Somebody to Love" (immortalized for me by Jim Carrey's karaoke rendition in "The Cable Guy"), Jefferson Airplane's only other big hit was "White Rabbit."

Jefferson Airplane itself was a casualty of the times, and the '70s saw its dissolution. But if there's one song associated with stoners, LSD, and getting high, it's "White Rabbit." The song plays out like a psychedelic version of Bolero, and laced with enough scattershot Lewis Carroll references to make the whole thing even less comprehensible.

Anyway, here's a live performance from a little music festival in 1969 you might have heard of...

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