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Create Artwork Inspired by Jefferson Airplane

creative-alliesJefferson 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


Jefferson Airplane manager Bill Thompson dies in Mill Valley at 70

bill-thompsonJefferson Airplane manager Bill Thompson dies in Mill Valley at 70
By Paul Liberatore, The Marin Independent Journal

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.

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Jefferson Starship Plans to Honor Predecessors In Jefferson Airplane During 2015 Shows

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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.

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45 Years Ago: Jefferson Airplane Call for a Revolution on ‘Volunteers’

45 Years Ago: Jefferson Airplane Call for a Revolution on ‘Volunteers’
by Michael Gallucci November 15, 2014 1:31 PM

Jefferson Airplane‘s breakthrough second album ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ was all about peace and love in 1967. Two years, and two albums, later, the San Francisco band was talking about a revolution on its post-Woodstock classic ‘Volunteers.’

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Jefferson Airplane – Full Concert – 11/28/70 – Fillmore East (OFFICIAL)


Jack Casady On Mentoring The Next Generation; Jim Clash Contributor

Jack Casady, the iconic 1960s bassist, is a fairly shy guy. He has been the quiet partner in crime for five decades with the more effervescent Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. Kaukonen with wife Vanessa in 1998 founded the Fur Peace Ranch as a serious alternative to what’s known as “rock fantasy camps.”

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Read the whole story here.


Slick Aguilar’s Illness

Slick was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis C . Due to complications of this disease, his liver is not functioning properly. Doctors have given him a 50/50 chance of survival in the next two years if he does not receive a liver transplant.

UPDATE: Tuesday July 27, 2013, Slick Aguilar received a liver transplant. As of today, August 3, he is holding his own and recovering. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

YOU CAN HELP HERE: http://slickaguilar.com/Donation_Perks.html

In continuing to speak openly, Slick shares his thoughts for seeking help in the form of donations so this will be possible. “I do have insurance but it will not be enough to cover all of the expenses. I am a working musician and right now because of my health, I’m not working at all. Being a musician is a great job and I love what I do but not all of us are paid like Paul McCartney. It’s a decent living but not enough to cover something as big as a liver transplant. Donations in any amount are going to be helpful. I’ve never had to do anything like this before but with the way the situation is I have no other source of income.”


Passing of Joey Covington

June 6, 2013. We were very sad of the passing of Joey Covington, drummer for Jefferson Airplane this past Tuesday. He was an early collaborator with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, helping found Hot Tuna before taking on the full time gig as JA’s drummer in 1970. He was a lifelong musician, playing one of many free gigs in his community of Palm Springs as recently as June 1 this year.

Here are links to a couple of the news stories from around the country regarding Joey’s passing

http://www.kesq.com/

http://www.billboard.com/

We here at JeffersonAirplane.com mourn his loss to the music world, and we invite you to celebrate his life with your memories and tributes on our Forum.

 

Memorial Concert Links:
- Joey Covington Tribute Concert (YouTube)
- Examiner.com


Radio Interview w/ Paul, Marty and Grace

All this year here In the Studio, we have been featuring interviews with many of the musicians who in 1967 created the musical soundtrack for what has long been known as the Summer of Love, starting back in January with The Doors debut, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s Are You Experienced?, all of which have remained peerless over forty-five summers of love, war, achievement, hope, and despair…(cont)

Here are Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, and Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane in the first segment of the three-part interview.

http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/jefferson-airplane-surrealistic-pillow-45th-anniversary-pt1/

http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/jefferson-airplane-surrealistic-pillow-45th-anniversary-pt2/


New York Times Arts Section

Melodic Wanderings, Starting in Timbuktu

This was published in the New York Times Sunday Arts Section, January 9, 2011:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/arts/music

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As 2010 ended, Sony Music quietly released four albums of live Jefferson Airplane from 1966 and 1968. With their attentive audiences and casual stage patter, they’re all psychedelic time capsules: the band’s final set with its early singer Signe Anderson; Grace Slick’s debut show the next night; and two shows from October 1966 at Fillmore East, where, charmingly, the band introduces a song by Ms. Slick titled “White Rabbit” to a few perfunctory hand claps. The best of the four, despite the distorted recording, is “Return to the Matrix” (Collectors’ Choice/Sony) from 1968, with the band — now nationally known — in full cry at the club where it first played. The Airplane was a motley alliance: Ms. Slick’s cutting soprano, Marty Balin’s pop-soul tenor, Jorma Kaukonen’s fingerpicked blues and psychedelic lead guitar, Paul Kantner’s folky foundation, and the jazz-tinged rhythm section of Jack Casady’s bass and Spencer Dryden’s drums. That made for an improvisatory push and pull that made no two performances alike: volatile, messy and alive.