1968


February – After Bathing at Baxter’s reaches #17 on the US charts.  Jack Casady is featured on Jimi Hendrix’s album, Electric Ladyland, and Country Joe & The Fish’s Together.  The Airplane and the Grateful Dead each take a 10% interest in a partnership to administer the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco.

April – Greasy Heart stops at #98 on the US charts.
The band opens the Kaleidoscope club on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles with Canned Heat.

June – The Group appears on the cover of Life Magazine, which features articles on Cream, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Mothers of Invention and The Who, under the caption of “Jefferson Airplane, Top Rock Group, With Music That’s Hooked The Whole Vibrating World.”

2400 Fulton St, in San Francisco is bought as the band’s headquarters for $73,000 (later sold in 1985 for $700,000).

August – The group performs at the “Newport Pop Festival” in Costa Mesa, CA, alongside The Byrds, Canned Heat, The Grateful Dead, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf and others.

September – Band plays two nights at London’s Roundhouse, on a bill with The Doors.

October – Returned home, they perform at the Fillmore West.

November – Crown Of Creation hits #6 on the US charts.

December – The extracted title track, Crown of Creation, makes it to #64 in the US.
French movie director Jean-Luc Godard films the band playing on a rooftop in Midtown Manhattan, for his projected “One American Movie” film. After Godard drops his plans, the footage is picked up by documentary film-maker D.A. Pennebaker, and is used in “One P.M.”

Kaukonen and Casady form a splinter group, Hot Tuna