Got a Revolution!: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 407 pages
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."

Jefferson Airplane, the most successful and influential rock band to emerge from San Francisco during the 1960s, created the sound of a generation. Their smash hits "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" provided the soundtrack to the "Summer of Love," virtually inventing the era's signature pulsating psychedelic music, and came to personify the decade's radical counterculture. Their appearances at the landmark Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and Altamont rock festivals -- the only band to play at all three -- placed them on the front lines during one of the most exciting, tumultuous times in American history. Their confrontational lyrics and alternative lifestyles often cast them as "outlaws in the eyes of America." Jefferson Airplane didn't just dominate American popular culture at the peak of the '60s; they transformed it.

"Got a Revolution!" is the first full-length biography ever written about Jefferson Airplane. Jeff Tamarkin, veteran music writer and historian, has worked closely with the former members of Jefferson Airplane for more than a decade and penned more than twenty-five Airplane-related album liner notes. Those who lived it tell the story: the band members, their families, friends, lovers, crew members, and fellow musicians. The book's all-star castincludes Fellow rock legends David Crosby, Janis Joplin, Donovan, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney, to such larger-than-life cultural figures as Robert F. Kennedy, Bill Graham, Abbie Hoffman, the Hell's Angels, and even Richard Nixon. It's a tale of complex people with complex relationships living under the spotlight during a complex time.

To the public, they were prototypical free-loving, good-time hippies, but to their inner circle, Jefferson Airplane was a paradoxical bunch -- constantly at odds with one another. Jefferson Airplane's members were each brilliant, individualistic artists who became the living embodiment of the ups and downs of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle.

 

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An intriguing composite picture of Jefferson Airplane and its many permutations.Global Rhythm magazine editor Tamarkin doesn't claim to be speaking the gospel of the Airplane here, but instead he ... Read full review

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Formed by singer Marty Balin and later hijacked by the personalities and politics of Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and the larger-than-life Grace Slick, the Jefferson Airplane piloted the 1960s San ... Read full review

Contents

Halfway Down the Stairs is a Stair
1
If Only You Believe Like I Believe
5
Alternate Quantum Universes
13
Lets Get Together
22
Blues Traveler
26
Its No Secret
33
Bass Is Loaded
46
After You
57
Blues from an Airplane
202
Never Say Fuck You to a Hells Angel
211
And Your Enemy Is We
219
Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra
231
Gotta Let Go You Know
235
Reality Check
247
Jefferson Airplane Flakes Off
255
Genesis
259

Just a Dream
67
A Mule Team Knocking Down a Picket Fence
77
Free Minds Free Bodies Free Dope Free Music
89
Wonder Woman
95
The Great Society Really Doesnt Like You Much at All
105
Trying to Revolutionize Tomorrow
113
Acid Incense and Balloons
124
The Love Crowd
137
Doing Things That Havent Got a Name Yet
149
Life Is Change How It Differs from the Rocks
158
Cant Help but See the Rhinoceros Around Us
166
When Spencer Met Sally
177
Outlaws in the Eyes of America
189
Hyperdrive
266
Tuna Melt
281
DisGrace
293
ThomasJefferson
298
We Do What We Want
309
Hijack the Starship
324
Peace and War
339
Whatever Happened to Wishes Wished on a Star?
353
Sources and Resources
375
Discography
378
Bibliography
386
Index
395
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Jeff Tamarkin has been a professional music journalist for more than twenty-five years. Currently the editor of Global Rhythm magazine, he was previously the editor of Goldmine, and has written for dozens of other publications. He has also authored more than twenty-five liner notes for Jefferson Airplane-related CDs. He has been and advisor to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with his wife, the novelist Caroline Leavitt, and their son, Max.

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