Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Skip Spence

Skip Spence, noted schizophrenic, alcoholic, and a member of three seminal '60s bands, The Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape and Quicksilver Messenger Service, died on this day in 1999. Though he was certainly an essential figure of late '60s rock and roll, I remember him best for his insanely great solo album OAR, released in 1969 after Spence had been released from a six month incarceration in New York City's infamous Bellevue Hospital. If you've never heard it, you can probably check it out on Spotify. It will take more than one listen to understand.

"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened." - Albert Camus