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Encyclopedia > Skip Spence
Alexander "Skip" Spence
Background information
Birth name Alexander Lee Spence
Also known as Skip Spence
Born April 18, 1946 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Died April 16, 1999 in Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Genre(s) Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Drums, Guitar
Years active 1965–1968
Label(s) Columbia, Sundazed
Associated
acts
Jefferson Airplane
Moby Grape

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Spence was a guitarist in an early line-up of Quicksilver Messenger Service before Marty Balin got him to be the drummer for Jefferson Airplane. After one album with Jefferson Airplane, their debut Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, he left to co-found Moby Grape, once again as a guitarist. the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ... Quicksilver Messenger Service was one of San Franciscos original psychedelic bands of the late 1960s. ... Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald, January 30, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American musician. ... A drummer in Action A drummer is a person who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... Jefferson Airplane Takes Off is the debut album of San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane. ... Moby Grape was an American roots rock and psychedelic rock group of the 1960s that was known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting and that collectively merged elements of jazz, country, and blues together with rock. ...


Spence suffered from schizophrenia. During the 1968 recording of the group's second album, Wow, Spence allegedly attempted to break down a bandmate's hotel room door with a fire axe while on LSD, and was committed for six months to the criminal ward at New York's Bellevue Hospital. Upon his release, he recorded his only solo album, the now-classic psychedelic/folk album Oar (1969, Columbia Records). However, mental illness and alcoholism prevented him from sustaining a career in the music industry, and he lived much of his later life as a homeless person in Santa Cruz, California. When it finally seemed that he might have been overcoming those afflictions, lung cancer claimed him. Wow/Grape Jam is the rock band Moby Grapes sophomore 1968 album. ... Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly called LSD, LSD-25, or acid. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Bellevue Hospital is a famous hospital located in New York City, New York, United States. ... Oar is a 1969 album by Skip Spence. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... A homeless man pushes a cart down the street. ... |latitude = 36°5819 N |longitude = 122°135 W For other uses, see Santa Cruz. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ...


Spence continued to have minor involvement in later Moby Grape projects and reunions, as well as helping the Doobie Brothers get signed to Warner Bros. Records. More recently, Spence's "Land of the Sun," one of the only post-Grape recordings he ever completed, was nearly placed on the X-Files soundtrack.[citation needed] The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band, best known for hit singles like Black Water. They were popular throughout the 1970s. ... Warner Bros. ... X-Files intro from first 8 seasons The X-Files was a popular 1990s American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. ...


More Oar: A Tribute to Alexander "Skip" Spence, featuring contributions from R.E.M., Robert Plant, Tom Waits, Beck, and many others, was released a few weeks after his death in Santa Cruz at age 52. R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Michael Stipe (vocals). ... Robert Anthony Plant (born August 20, 1948, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England) is an English rock singer and songwriter, most famous for his membership in the rock band Led Zeppelin, but also for his successful solo career. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... This article is about the musician. ...


Discography

Jefferson Airplane Takes Off is the debut album of San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane. ... Moby Grape is the rock band Moby Grapes eponymous 1967 debut album. ... Oar is a 1969 album by Skip Spence. ...

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Alexander "Skip" Spence: Oar ---Ink Blot Magazine (445 words)
Alexander "Skip" Spence first came to the attention of the record buying public when he played drums on the first Jefferson Airplane album, but his first and preferred instrument was guitar.
Spence was too much of a free spirit to last with the Airplane or any other band.
This episode led to a lengthy psychiatric hospitalization, the first of many instigated by the schizophrenia that dogged Spence for the rest of his life until he died of lung cancer.
Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Oar [Remaster] - Alexander "Skip" Spence at Epinions.com (761 words)
Skip rebounded to become a member of the band "Moby Grape." This was a band quite like Cream, who was conflicted with too much talent, and met an untimely end.
Skip took the $1,000 that the record company gave him up front and bought a Triumph motorcycle that he rode to the Nashville recording studios to make this album."Oar" was written, played, produced, and recorded by Skip in a few short days.
Skip goes onto say you'll be spending the night under me. He goes from one extreme to the next with his songs.
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