Richie Unterberger: purveyor of rare rock flicks
Richie Unterberger: purveyor of rare rock flicks

On a recent visit to the Haight, the Oakland resident describes where the Jefferson Airplane house used to be, over on the Fulton side of Golden Gate Park. He adds that singer Grace Slick was in another act called the Great Society before she was in Jefferson Airplane. Unterberger pegs that early act as the "most interesting San Francisco group that not many people know about" for the ways in which it borrowed from Middle Eastern and Indian music, as well as free jazz. But alas, the group split before someone could visually record them. "They were a great group, very different from Jefferson Airplane," he says, "but unfortunately there's no film footage." And with that, Unterberger heads off to the downtown library to research his next book. This one will be on a band that released a groundbreaking record in 1967 but that, he laments, remains uncelebrated in all the Summer of Love sentiment — the Velvet Underground.

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