Take Me to a Circus Tent: The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual

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Infinity Publishing, Nov 1, 2006 - Music - 552 pages
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Ninety photos starting from 1963, including maybe the rarest one ever, 33 interviews, 266 questions and answers and a look at 121 live shows and sixty unreleased studio treasures.
  

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While many of the reviewers grew up with the Jefferson Airplane first and then Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Starship, as a younger fan I did things in reverse order. After purchasing Craig Fenton's Jefferson Starship "Have You Seen The Stars Tonite" I had a thirst to dig deeper into yesteryear.
Fans that grew up hanging out at either Fillmore or ones like me that weren't able to attend the events but crave the information will be stunned by Craig's all inclusive Flight Manual. I went right to the 30 plus full length interviews and then to the concert setlists, and later digested the studio information, and the questions and answers.
Original bass-player Bob Harvey's thoughts are as articulate and compelling as Marty's and Paul's. Sorting through the songs that were played during the Jefferson Airplane live shows made me feel as if I were right next to Bill Graham. You'll love how as the personal changed how to did the live numbers.
All through the journey I felt as if I were actually part of the flight. If Take Me To A Circus Tent could warm the heart of the younger fan one can only imagine what the older rock and roller would feel.
 

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Many of the glowing Amazon reviews have already pointed out (it should be reaffirmed again) that the best words about Craig Fenton's Jefferson Airplane- Take Me To A Circus Tent and Jefferson Starship- Have You Seen The Stars Tonite come from the band members.
There are valid reasons Marty Balin is quoted on the back cover of Circus Tent and Signe Anderson's words are found on Have You Seen The Stars Tonite. Craig has made the research a lifetime of passion and goes beyond the call of duty. To have presented an abundance of live information and rare photos would have been enough for most to feel the finished product represents the band and their rock and roll time-line and legacy.
Craig clearly took the additional steps so those fans that were there and those that missed the story of one of the best groups ever could equally savor the flight. Interviews with original members Bob Harvey and Jerry Peloquin make you feel as if you are back where it all began and the length of the Marty Balin interview shows the rapport the two have.
I especially found it interesting to hear from some of the past members of the Great Society (Darby and Jerry to name a couple) and find out about the studio and live repertoire.
Recommended "Today" and always.
 

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