Napa Valley Register:
Howard Yune, Jul 8, 2016
Grace Slick became a household name by singing of white rabbits. Nearly half a century later, images of the snowy mammals have remained closely tied to her name – nowadays on canvas instead of vinyl.
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Hot Tuna’s roots: Friends in music
By Mark Oswald / Journal Staff Writer
Friday, July 8th, 2016 at 12:02am
Jorma Kaukonen, son of a State Department official, and Jack Casady, whose father was a Washington, D.C., dentist, have been making music together since 1958 – three years before the leaders of the Rolling Stones famously met on a train platform. Read the story here: http://www.abqjournal.com/804361/hot-tunas-roots-friends-in-music.html
Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin is unable to attend The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Awards this weekend on “doctor’s orders.”
“I am grateful for the beautiful musical journey my life continues to take,” Marty Balin said in a statement.
“To all my fellow Jefferson Airplane Band members, through its various metamorphoses, I thank you for a dream come true. It was the exchange of our mixed passions and the love from our fans that led us to this celebratory Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Balin said he is doing well, and plans to resume tour dates in the future. He most recently released two albums, the career retrospective Good Memories and The Greatest Love, featuring all new material. (Special thanks to http://kwbe.com/)
See Marty’s touching tribute to his fellow band mates below!
(Jorma also shared some thoughts here: http://jormakaukonen.com/cracksinthefinish/)
After, Buddy Guy talks about BB King.
Things get trippy, man, in the new extended trailer for Tim Burton’s forthcoming flick Alice Through the Looking Glass, which pop-rocker Pink provides the
promotional soundtrack for. Giving the trailer for the whimsical story an edgy, hallucinatory atmosphere, Pink covers Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 hit “White Rabbit,” lending her raucous vocals to an updated version of the psychedelic track now featuring eerie, thumping electronic production.
Signe Anderson, Jefferson Airplane’s original female vocalist, passed away at the age of 74 on January 28th, the same day former band mate Paul Kantner died.
Read More about this here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/
Paul Kantner, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Thursday. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74 and had suffered a heart attack this week.
More tributes to follow, but below are a few links with more information.
The Recording Academy® announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and RUN DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring of 2016. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks. [Read More...]
“One for Paul, one for Jorma, one for to make Jack’s bass rejoice, can’t you hear old Gracie wailin’, ah good memories that feed my head” sings former Jefferson Airplane/Starship lead vocalist Marty Balin about his former Airplane band mates on the song Good Memories, the title track of one of two new Marty Balin records issued simultaneously: Good Memories, a collection of newly-recorded acoustic tinged renditions of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship classics and a new studio album, The Greatest Love.
[Rock Cellar Magazine] caught up with the gifted singer/songwriter for a look back at a career filled with more than its share of good memories. [Read More...]
Given his time with both Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, when Marty Balin wants to create an album of new arrangements of his past works, he’s got a hell of a repertoire from which to draw. Thus it’s no surprise at all that Balin’s new double-album of just that sort, Good Memories (released on Friday), is uniformly excellent. [Read More]
It’s been a half-century since rock ’n’ roll ate some LSD and wrote the soundtrack to the psychedelic movement. This has been a summer of celebrations—what with the Grateful Dead’s final run of shows and, now, a one-time-only, star-studded event with another face-melting group, Jefferson Airplane. [Read More...]
By 1967, restless American youth had found somebody to love in Grace Slick, whose trippy onstage provocations, beautiful looks, and outlier attitude shone bright during the Summer of Love.
VF Daily caught up with the hilarious former acid rocker, now painting voraciously at her tropical Malibu getaway, who told us about aging, art, and the evils of alcohol. [Read More]
The winning design by VAMP Creative is now available for a limited time in the Creative Allies store! Check it out!!
In a note posted earlier this week on the band’s official Facebook page, Kantner writes, “I am feeling quite good and semi-normal, all things considered.”
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner is recovering after suffering a suspected heart attack. The rocker, who turned 71 earlier this month (Mar15), has been hospitalized after taking “a bad turn”, according to a post on the band’s Facebook.com page. Read more…
Jorma Kaukonen was halfway through a 45-minute phone interview last week when the subject of a Jefferson Airplane reunion finally came up.
The former lead guitarist of the band that not only helped define the psychedelic ’60s but also its brand of freewheeling rock is, at the age of 74, still a busy man. Read More…
Jefferson Airplane has partnered with the incredible artist Community at CreativeAllies.com to put on a design challenge with a great cash and prizes! Designers from around the world are submitting their artwork for you to vote, comment and share on. We are going to feature different designs each week on our Facebook page and you, Jefferson Airplane fans get to help decide who wins with your votes! Check out the first couple submissions here: http://bit.ly/1GtBj3f
Bill Thompson, longtime manager of the Jefferson Airplane, the Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna, died of a heart attack on Monday at his home in Mill Valley, friends said. He was 70.
In 1968, following the phenomenal success of the Jefferson Airplane’s second album, “Surrealistic Pillow,” Mr. Thompson replaced rock concert promoter Bill Graham as manager of the band, fronted by Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and Marty Balin, all major talents with big personalities.
Jefferson Starship Plans to Honor Predecessors In Jefferson Airplane During 2015 Shows
by Nick DeRiso December 26, 2014 4:48 PM
Jefferson Starship is planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their legendary predecessors in Jefferson Airplane during tour stops in 2015. Paul Kantner and David Freiberg, stalwarts of the current lineup, have served as members for both bands.