As much as I love the book, I was left with the feeling that it emphasizes the reasons behind the eventual breakup a little too much. Jeff did an incredibly brilliant thing by presenting everyones recollection of the same events and it makes wonderful reading, but it did seem to leave out the good times. Or, maybe that was just what I saw when I read it. But if you've read the book I strongly recommend getting the DVD. Some of the live performances are outstanding and show the band in a different light, with the members showing their obvious respect for one another on stage.
Sometimes I think we confuse the relationships within bands with those within marriage. The relationships that hold a band together are purely musical, no matter how members might feel about the others. When the individuals' musical directions change, the band breaks up. New bands are formed, new music is made. Few things are as sad as a musical group which stays together just for the sake of replaying old songs.
Actually that last sentence is a little unfair. I guess a lot of people like to hear (again) the music that was part of their life. I just wouldn't want the Jefferson Airplane to get together again unless they felt that they had something new to say.
And, having said all that, I did see the Jefferson Starship last summer in an intimate performance on a 'Blues Cruise' around Manhattan. They did perform a number of JA songs and I have to admit that hearing the combination of Pauls vocals, guitar, and Marty's voice just a few feet from me sent shivers down my spine a few times.
Alas, Grace no longer sings, but her artwork is definitely worth checking out.
And, Jorma and Jack are still at it, both individually and together as Hot Tuna, pushing thier musical bounds.
As the I-Ching (and JA) say, "Life is change".
Okay, I've said waayy more than I started out to. Blame it on Capt. Morgan.