Spencer Dryden didn't herald the rock and roll background of his mid sixties contemporaries as he was a drummer working the jazz club scene in Los Angeles until he was spotted and recruited to replace Skip Spence on sticks for Jefferson Airplane. He joined in mid 1966 at a time when the Airplane was about to begin its ascendency to rock legendary status. Along with fellow new band member Grace Slick Jefferson Airplane went on to lead the San Francisco psychedelic music movement through albums such as Crown of Creation and Surrealistic Pillow as well as headlining in the legendary music festivals at Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Altamont. While Woodstock stoked the feeling of the summer of love Altamont was an altogether different beast and Dryden and the band felt the vibes were not good and Altamont went on to make sensational headlines for all the wrong reasons including the murder of concert goer Meredith Hunter at the hands of the notorious Hells Angels biker group who provided security for the day. He was a character who was responsible for some memorable one liners during interviews over the years and here is my list of six of the best Spencer Dryden quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Spencer Dryden
- Born: 7th April 1938, New York, U.S.
- Died: 11th January, 2005, Petaluma, California, U.S.
- Occupation: Musician and drummer
- Famous for: Drummer with Jefferson Airplane
- Famous concerts: Sixties gigs of note; Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Altamont
- Trivia: He was the nephew of Charlie Chaplin
"Get them while they're young and bend their minds"
"I just happened to be the first one to pack my parachute"
"It was pretty cool ... I wouldn't trade in my 60's bubblegum cards for anything. I'm just glad that I made it through ok"
"I certainly did enjoy myself to the utmost, got away with enormous amounts of hell"
"I kept going to different colleges, but dropped out"
"I was constantly being around artists and Bohemian types"