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Jefferson Airplane

JEFfeRSON aiRpLAne

YEAR

1996

INDUCTED BY

Mickey Hart & Phil Lesh (The Grateful Dead)

CATEGORY

Performers

A transformative voice of the psychedelic revolution.

Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin was a key part of the San Francisco sound and its flight from the west coast across the nation, adventurous in bold political lyricism and freewheeling live shows.

Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

Jack Casady

Jack Casady

Spencer Dryden

Spencer Dryden

Marty Balin

Marty Balin

Paul Kantner

Paul Kantner

Grace Slick

Grace Slick

HALL OF FAME
ESSAY

By David Cohen

Jefferson Airplane were America’s greatest and most idiosyncratically unique rock band. From late 1966 to 1970 – roughly from Surrealistic Pillow to Marty Balin’s decision to leave the band that was his brainchild- the Airplane were an unstoppable machine, idolized by fans, respected by peers and critics as the purest distillation of San Francisco’s rock aesthetic, and were allowed their eccentricities by their blue-chip record label, RCA Victor, because they sold vast amounts of records.

For five albums –Surrealistic Pillow, After Bathing at Baxter’s, Crown of Creation, Bless Its Pointed Little Head and Volunteers – the Airplane soared higher than anyone before or since.

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Class of 1996
when in flight would soar far and wide, were the best in the world on many a night.
Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead)
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