Dick Clark Introduces Jefferson Airplane & the Sounds of Psychedelic San Francisco to America: Yes Parents, You Should Be Afraid (1967)

It must have been odd for “America’s Teenag­er” Dick Clark to watch the almost week­ly rev­o­lu­tions in rock and roll as he con­tin­ued to host Amer­i­can Band­stand through the ‘60s. By the time of the above clip, June 1967, Clark had relo­cat­ed his show from the East Coast to the West, and San Fran­cis­co was export­ing its first round of hip­pie rock bands, with Jef­fer­son Air­plane one of the biggest.

As you’ll see, Clark, dressed as usu­al in suit and tie, asks his young audi­ence if they’ve been to San Fran­cis­co and what they thought of it. “This is where it’s at, that’s where every­thing is hap­pen­ing,” he con­cludes and then gives the stage over to the young and rev­o­lu­tion­ary band.

They mime their way through their two singles–Jack Casady could care less about verisimil­i­tude and makes his way around a gui­tar cov­ered in cables and poor drum­mer Spencer Dry­den just kind of sits there. But Grace Slick, 28 years old or there­abouts, and look­ing like some mag­ick princess, calls the fol­low­ers to the ser­vice. Yeah, it’s good stuff.

That leaves Clark with less than two min­utes to inter­view the band. The Sum­mer of Love is about to kick into high gear a cou­ple of hun­dred miles away.

“Do par­ents have any­thing to wor­ry about?” Clark asks Paul Kant­ner.

“I think so,” he replies. “Their chil­dren are doing things that they didn’t do and they don’t under­stand.”

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Jef­fer­son Air­plane Plays on a New York Rooftop; Jean-Luc Godard Cap­tures It (1968)

Talk­ing Heads’ First TV Appear­ance Was on Amer­i­can Band­stand, and It Was Pret­ty Awk­ward (1979)

Rare Footage of the “Human Be-In,” the Land­mark Counter-Cul­ture Event Held in Gold­en Gate Park, 1967

Ted Mills is a free­lance writer on the arts who cur­rent­ly hosts the artist inter­view-based FunkZone Pod­cast. You can also fol­low him on Twit­ter at @tedmills, read his oth­er arts writ­ing at tedmills.com and/or watch his films here.

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  • Carl Russo says:

    At least Dick Clark was on top of the zeit­geist. A week lat­er the Air­plane per­formed at the very first rock fes­ti­val, on Mount Tamal­pais. The fol­low­ing week they played the Mon­terey Pop Fes­ti­val.

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