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Why Monterey Pop Mattered

6/16/17: Enjoy this two hour “Audio Story” by Paul Ingles and National Public Radio, “Why Monterey Pop Mattered” by clicking this link:

https://beta.prx.org/stories/207116


Hot Tuna Sizzles Back at Hallowed Ground in San Francisco

BY GREG M. SCHWARTZ - 7 March 2017

The dynamic duo has also now been rocking the nation with Hot Tuna for over four decades. What started as a bluesy side project wound up becoming their main gig after the Airplane’s untimely dissolution and is now one of the longest running outfits in music. Casady and Kaukonen have been playing music together since 1958, making them an even longer running duo then Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Read the story here: http://www.popmatters.com/review/hot-tuna-sizzles-back-at-hallowed-ground-in-san-francisco/

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Summer of Love: Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ turns 50

By JIM HARRINGTON
PUBLISHED: January 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm | UPDATED: January 24, 2017 at 12:47 pm

http://www.mercurynews.com

It’s time to celebrate the Summer of Love.

We’ll be doing it all year long to mark the 50th anniversary (1967-2017) of the season that changed, well, everything – fashion, politics, community and, most certainly, music.

“That was the real album of the Summer of Love – not ‘Sgt. Pepper’s,’” says longtime Bay Area music critic Joel…

Read the whole store here: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/24/summer-of-love-jefferson-airplanes-surrealistic-pillow-turns-50/

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Jefferson Airplane at Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA. September 21. (1966© Jim Marshall Photography LLC)


Jefferson Airplane Joins Jampol Artist Management Roster

Jefferson Airplane Joins Jampol Artist Management Roster
1/23/2017 by Shirley Halperin
http://www.billboard.com

“I think it’s fan-f—ing-tastic,” says Grace Slick.

Iconic sixties group Jefferson Airplane and its offshoot, Jefferson Starship, has signed a worldwide deal with Jampol Artist Management (JAM, Inc.), the legacy management firm that counts The Doors, Janis Joplin, Ramones, Otis Redding and Muddy Waters, among others, on its roster.

Read the whole story here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7662622/jefferson-airplane-jampol-artist-management

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Napa Valley winery hosts art of rock legend Grace Slick

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.

Read the whole story here: http://napavalleyregister.com/news


Great story on Jack and Jorma’s history

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

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Marty Balin shares why he could not join his fellow Jefferson Airplane Bandmates at the Grammy Event

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/)


Jack Casady pays homage to his late Jefferson Airplane band mates at the Grammy’s 2016

After, Buddy Guy talks about BB King.


Pink Covers ‘White Rabbit’

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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.

Read More:  http://popcrush.com/pink-jefferson-airplane-alice-trailer/?trackback=tsmclip

 


Signe Anderson, Original Jefferson Airplane Singer, Dead at 74

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.

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Read More about this here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/


Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner dies at 74 (1/28/16)

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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.

http://www.sfchronicle.com

http://www.cnn.com

https://www.facebook.com/GraceSlickOfficial/

http://jormakaukonen.com/cracksinthefinish/

 


Jefferson Airplane to be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

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...]


Good Memories: A Conversation With Marty Balin

“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...]


Marty Balin’s 50th Anniversary Jefferson Airplane Tribute Album Out Now

Good MemoriesGiven 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]


Jefferson Airplane Turns 50, With A One-Time-Only Celebration

The psychedelic pioneers will mark their golden anniversary with a celebratory one-off tribute show—minus a few members.

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...]


Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick on Aging Rock Stars and Life as a Painter

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]


Jefferson Airplane-inspired art contest limited edition merchandise from @CreativeAllies

We’re excited to announce a joint collaboration with @CreativeAllies to offer limited edition merchandise featuring a few designs from their Jefferson Airplane-inspired art contest.

The winning design by VAMP Creative is now available for a limited time in the Creative Allies store! Check it out!!


Jefferson Starship’s Paul Kantner Says He’s “Feeling Quite Good and Semi-Normal” After Heart Attack

paulkantnerFor the first time since suffering a heart attack late last month, Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner has sent out a message to fans to let them know how he’s doing.

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.”

Read More…


Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner hospitalized after suspected heart attack

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…


Marty Balin, “Good Memories” 2015