A couple of months before the Beatles played on a rooftop, here’s a little something from the Tuscaloosa News, 20th November 1968 about the mighty Jefferson Airplane doing the same thing in New York on the roof of the Schuyler Hotel. See below for video, in which Grace Slick and Marty Balin share the vocals on the beautiful The House at Pooneil Corners.
The ‘Plane’ Bombs Out
NEW YORK (AP) – “The Jefferson Airplane,” a rock music group, bombed out Tuesday as far as the police were concerned and their rooftop renditions resulted in a bumpy landing for actor Rip Torn.
The group had plugged in its amplifiers atop a nine-story Midtown Manhattan hotel during the filming of One American Movie for a Public Broadcasting Laboratory TV program.
The guitar noise got the better of guests and tied up traffic on the streets below.
During a police investigation, Torn got into an argument and pushed a patrolman, officers said. He was issued a summons for harassment. The film company, Leacock Pennebaker Inc., also received a summons for creating a public disturbance and filming without a permit.
The video, shot by Jean-Luc Godard: