JEFFERSON STARSHIP Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Slick Aguilar, Donny Baldwin, Chris Smith & Cathy Richardson at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
The iconic 1970s rock band Jefferson Starship grew out of the similarly iconic 1960s group Jefferson Airplane. Paul Kantner, along with Marty Balin, founded Jefferson Airplane in 1965. The band was the biggest rock group in America during the '60s and the first San Francisco band to sign a major record deal, paving the way for other legends like the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. The group headlined the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, and like The Beatles, to whom they are critically compared, they lasted a mere seven years - although their influence and impact on rock music continues well into the 21st century. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Kantner adopted the name Jefferson Starship for his 1971 solo debut Blows Against the Empire. The recording was the first and only ever to be nominated for literary science fiction's Hugo Award - a stellar achievement. Three years later, in 1974, Kantner officially launched Jefferson Starship with Balin and again enjoyed chart-topping success. Despite numerous membership changes, the band has endured for 40 years as rock music's premier political science fiction-themed band.