David Freiberg

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David Freiberg
David Freiberg 1976.jpg
Freiberg as a member of Jefferson Starship in 1976.
Background information
Birth name David Freiberg
Born (1938-08-24) August 24, 1938 (age 78)
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Genres Psychedelic rock, folk, progressive rock, acid rock
Instruments Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Guitar, Violin
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts Quicksilver Messenger Service
Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Starship

David Freiberg (born August 24, 1938) is an American musician. He has contributed vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, viola and percussion to Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.[1]


Freiberg began his career as a coffee house folk musician.[2] For a while he shared a house in Venice, California, with other future folk-rockers David Crosby and Paul Kantner.[3] In the mid-1960s, Freiberg founded Quicksilver Messenger Service with John Cipollina.[4]

In 1972 Freiberg joined Jefferson Airplane for the tour that promoted their final studio LP, Long John Silver and appeared on their final live album Thirty Seconds Over Winterland. The remnants of the band eventually evolved into Jefferson Starship, and Freiberg remained with this group until 1984 when he quit the group following the departure of Paul Kantner.[5]

After a two decade hiatus, Freiberg rejoined Kantner in Jefferson Starship for their 2005 tour,[5] which was billed as "The Jefferson Family Galactic Reunion",[6] and as of 2010 has officially rejoined the group and appears on the 2008 release Jefferson's Tree of Liberty which is the first Jefferson Starship release to feature Freiberg since 1984's Nuclear Furniture.

Freiberg is married to the singer Linda Imperial and resides in Marin County, California where he has built a recording studio,[2] and is a practicing Soka Gakkai Buddhist. Orpheus creator Bruce Arnold has been quoted as saying "He has developed a wonderful way of recording my acoustic guitar and has a $100,000 voice mike that will make anyone sound good."

Once described as "the nicest guy in the San Francisco music scene," Freiberg holds the singular distinction of having been associated with more of the original San Francisco bands than any individual, boasting membership in Quicksilver Messenger Service (1966-1970), Jefferson Airplane (albeit only for a few months in 1972), and Jefferson Starship (1974-1984), and having equally strong connections to the Grateful Dead, by playing on solo albums by Robert Hunter and Mickey Hart, and at one point playing on their intramural baseball team. Freiberg was the only member of Quicksilver Messenger Service to participate in the majority of the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra records (a series of solo albums by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, David Crosby and others). He also briefly provided uncredited accompaniment for the groundbreaking female San Francisco rock band the Ace of Cups.


with Quicksilver Messenger Service[edit]

with Paul Kantner and/or Grace Slick[edit]

with Jefferson Airplane & Jefferson Starship[edit]

with Mickey Hart[edit]

with Robert Hunter[edit]

with Ned Lagin[edit]

with Jack Traylor & Steelwind[edit]

  • Child of Nature (1973)


  1. ^ Fenton, Craig. Have You Seen the Stars Tonite: The Jefferson Starship Flight Manual 1974-1978 & J.S. The Next Generation 1992-2007 (2008) (ISBN 978-1438245348)
  2. ^ a b Paul Liberatore (November 16, 2007). "David Freiberg is Marin's stealth rocker". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved January 22, 2010. ("... Marin's most unrecognized rock star. ... Now a youthful-looking 69 ....He's been married for 17 years to singer Linda Imperial")
  3. ^ Zimmer, Dave & Diltz, Henry. Crosby, Stills & Nash: The Biography p. 23 (2008)(ISBN 978-0306816154)
  4. ^ "John Cipollina; Founder, Mainstay of Rock Group Quicksilver Messenger Service". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 1989. Retrieved January 22, 2010. ("...which he formed with guitarist Gary Duncan and bassist David Freiberg in 1965, he continued to perform.")
  5. ^ a b Jim Staats (September 28, 2006). "Starship ready to blast off Saturday at Novato concert". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved January 22, 2010. ("Freiberg joined the last Jefferson Airplane tour in 1972 and became an original member of Jefferson Starship in 1974.")
  6. ^ "Jefferson Starship soars to 'Galactic Reunion". Observer-Reporter. February 17, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2010. ("rejoining, actually, after a two-decade hiatus - is David Freiberg, who put in a decade with the band...")