Got a Revolution!

Got a Revolution!

The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane

Foreword by: Jann Wenner / Introduction by: Paul Kantner
The most successful and influential rock band to emerge from San Francisco during the 1960s, Jefferson Airplane created the sound of a generation. Their smash hits "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" virtually invented the era's signature pulsating psychedelic music and, during one of the most tumultuous times in American history, came to personify the decade's radical counterculture. In this groundbreaking biography of the band, veteran music writer and historian Jeff Tamarkin produces a portrait of the band like none that has come before it. Having worked closely with Jefferson Airplane for more than a decade, Tamarkin had unprecedented access to the band members, their families, friends, lovers, crew members, fellow musicians, cultural luminaries, even the highest-ranking politicians of the time. More than just a definitive history, Got a Revolution! is a rock legend unto itself.
Jann Wenner, editor-in-chief and publisher of Rolling Stone, wrote, "The classic [Jefferson] Airplane lineup were both architects and messengers of a psychedelic age, a liberation of mind and body that profoundly changed American art, politics, and spirituality. It was a renaissance that could only have been born in San Francisco, and the Airplane, more than any other band in town, spread the good news nationwide."
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780671034047 | 
  • July 2005
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Chapter 1: If Only You Believe Like I Believe

Marty Balin was a single-minded creature from the day he was born.
All he ever wanted was to express himself artistically -- his way. Some called him a loner, moody, weird, an egotist, but he had no time to waste with that. Marty didn't suffer fools gladly.

Marty Balin: I've always had the same mind, the same consciousness. I just couldn't wait till my body grew up to my mind. I was totally aware of who I am, what I wanted to do and what I was going to do.

By high school, he was accomplished enough as a painter to earn
a scholarship, talented enough as a... see more

by Paul Kantner

Forward always

Paul Kantner here

San Francisco calling

So what are you lookin' at?

What are you lookin' for?

The secrets

The reasons

The joy of the path?

Nearly most anyone can learn how to play music

Fewer can discern the why

It helps to have Pete Seeger and the Weavers in your (my) distant past

as Reverend Gary Davis was in Jorma's

or as Betty Grable was in Grace's

Why San Francisco?

Why Jefferson Airplane?

divine guidance


fortuitous... see more

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