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Born in Berkeley, California on August 24, 1943,
John Cipollina represents the archetypal San Francisco 1965-1975
As a founding member of Quicksilver
Messenger Service, John went on to perform and
record with dozens of bands ,
blazing a trail from rock to blues to jazz over a brilliant twenty-five
John Cipollina's guitar sounded like no other. His unique resonance
touched people in places they didn't know existed. His signature
sound will stand alone for all time as a part of the musical thread
the San Francisco Bay Area has wrapped around the world.
John passed away from a lifelong respiratory ailment on May 29,
1989. He left behind a great musical contribution for his worldwide
audience to enjoy. For those of us who knew him, we share the
memory of a truly wonderful person, whose being so perfectly reflected
the magic in his music.
In 1995 John's legendary amp stack was
donated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , ensuring him a place
in music history.