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

See Marty’s touching tribute to his fellow band mates below!

(Jorma also shared some thoughts here:

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’


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.

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


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.


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.”

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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 page. Read more…

Marty Balin, “Good Memories” 2015

With or Without Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen Keeps Flying

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…

Create Artwork Inspired by Jefferson Airplane

creative-alliesJefferson Airplane has partnered with the incredible artist Community at 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:

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


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)