A new mural has just been installed at the corner of Haight Street and Masonic Street in San Francisco to celebrate 50 years of Jefferson Airplane’s revolutionary record, Volunteers. Released in November of 1969, the band addressed the important issues of the day from changing demographics of America challenging the status quo (“We Can Be Together”), the need to care for planet earth and the unimportance of human concerns as compared to the vastness of the natural universe (“The Farm” and “Eskimo Blue Day”), the downsides of progress for progress’ sake (“Wooden Ships”), the challenge of learning to care for mental health (“Turn My Life Down”), and, of course, the need to be civically involved and engaged (“Volunteers”).
The mural, designed by local San Francisco artist Maxfield Bala – Rasmussen, will remain in place at the center of the countercultural movement that Jefferson Airplane helped to create until December 31, 2019.
Visitors are encouraged to take pictures with the mural and post to their social media accounts using #Volunteers50.
The record is as relevant, if not more so, today than it was 50 years ago upon its release. Stream now. https://found.ee/Volunteers-1