Joni in the Wild Things Run Fast tour programme, 1982
The thing is that Donahue was very supportive. Well, he’d made a fortune off of the Beau Brummels and stuff like that at that point, but when the underground started to surface —- i.e., Jefferson Airplane, —- when I’m talking about the Jefferson Airplane here, I’m talking about when Signe Anderson was the lead singer, when Grace (Slick) was still in the Great Society. They were around and from day one, Bill (Graham) booked that band. Same with the Grateful Dead, and a whole pile of other bands who fell by the wayside, including The Mystery Trend—- all these great bands.This was before the whole thing broke, you know. We were very impressed with the Airplane because nobody sounded like them at the time. They had this sort of rhythmic—- they did things with a song—- the drum patterns would change or something and I thought, that’s really a cool thing. You could hear Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead on KMPX and go see them at the Fillmore. That’s how it worked.