Well, we also have to take into consideration that the band took over a year off of touring, Nov. 1970 to Jan. 1972, leaving out four helpless, Balin-less shows from Aug./Sept. 1971.It must have been hard, I mean, Grace ended up being the only one up there without an instrument, no one to feed off of, and shes never been the lone singer, except for The Great Society.It must also be hard on the road when you got a kid on board, especially a newborn.Plus, times do change, not only politically, but musically.They just didn't fit in, the early 1970s were NOT the time for Jefferson Airplane.Listen to Bark and LJS, and listen to everything else at the time, and its hard to say they "fit in".Thats not to say I don't like those albums though.
Plus, I shouldn't say drugs didn't have a huge part in it, 50% of bands and careers end because of drugs.I don't see why their end is a heatedly debated subject, there was so much against them, but on the other hand, I could have seen them pulling together, and surviving it.They just sort of got selfish in the end, what each of them wanted, and what wasn't good for the group and their fans.And it continued, Jefferson Starship lived a good 90% on trying to get hits and be hot on the charts, not making the music that got their fans in the first place, and I hate to say this, but its hard to say you're "doing it for the fans", when you're playing six to eight hours a night (Hot Tuna).But, I'm not criticizing Hot Tuna, nor am I say bands should do EVERYTHING just for the fans, they gotta enjoy themselves too.
So I say the break up was based on their egos and un-interest in the group.
Hide, Witch, Hide!
The Good Folks come to Burn Thee
Their Keen Enjoyment hid Behind
The Gothic Mask of Duty!