John Cipollina
John CipollinaJohn Cipollina (1943 - 1989) is most famous due to his Quicksilver Messenger Service days. More information on the Quicksilver Messenger Service can be found here. This article is a good introduction to the original Quicksilver Messenger Service and includes an almost up to date discography. In addition the discography includes info on Gary Duncan's Quicksilver version. More information on Quicksilver Gold can be found here.

Although everybody immediatley connects John's name to Quicksilver Messenger Service he had much more to offer. Not only did he collect things like guns and stuffed animals. John seemed to be collecting bands as well. Subsequently John easily managed to be in several bands at the same time.

 

John Cipollina's bands included: Copperhead, Raven, Terry And The Pirates, Nick Gravenites, Rocky Sullivan, Man, Zero, Thunder and Lightning, Once, San Francisco AllStars, Man, Freelight, Fish Stu, Problem Child, Dinosaurs, Novato Frank Band ... (please visit Steve Keyser's John Cipollina web site for the complete listing - link underneath).

Cipollina shared his talent and unique guitar style with many bands. That's what one expects of a guitarist, but John always kept his distinct style and no matter which recording, you can always hear that it is John who plays. John developed a unique guitar style which brought him a world wide following and made him become a rock legend and musicians musician. Not many guitarists reach this point. John Cipollina died May 29, 1989 when a lifelong illness (emphysema) caught up with him at the age of only 45.

Pictured right are Doug Kilmer & John Cipollina. Doug Kilmer passed away from cancer August 29, 2005.

 Doug Kilmer & John Cipollina (Picture courtesy of Mike Somavilla)
Doug Kilmer & John Cipollina

Interview with John Cipollina (one of the last he gave).

article on the Life and Death of John Cipollina.

 

Discography

  • 1980 Raven (Line Records)
  • 2006 Raven (Acadia Records)

    RavenJohn Cipollina
    Raven

    (LineRecords 1980)
    Rock And Roll Nurse -- Unvicious Circle -- Do What You Do -- All Worth The Price -- Clouds -- Bad News -- Prayers

    Musicians: John Cipollina, Greg Douglass, Nicky Hopkins, Jasper "Hutch" Hutchinson, Skip Olson, David Weber, Andrew Kirby

    Album recorded January/May 1976 in San Francisco.

    Out of print.
    Some copies still available @ Music Network (Germany).
    RavenJohn Cipollina
    Raven

    (Acadia Records 2006)
    Rock And Roll Nurse -- True Golden Touch -- Do What You Do -- Unvicious Circle -- True Reward -- Grass Is Always Greener -- Clouds -- All Worth The Price -- Ride (Highway Song) -- Burning Corte Madera -- The Truth -- Bad News -- Razor Blades & Rattle Snakes -- Prayers

    Musicians: John Cipollina, Greg Douglass, Nicky Hopkins, Jasper "Hutch" Hutchinson, Skip Olson, David Weber, Andrew Kirby

    Album recorded January/May 1976 in San Francisco.

    This reissue contains all 7 original tracks plus 7 bonus tracks which are released for the first time ever.

    Further Links:

  • John Cipollina Homepage
        The official John Cipollina web site!

  • John Cipollina Concerts
        Search for Cipollina and enjoy John's music!!!

  • John Cipollina
       Another website dedicated to John Cipollina.

  • Quicksilver Messenger Service I

  • Quicksilver Messenger Service II

     

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