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1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Jefferson Airplane Performing at the Induction Ceremony

Jefferson Airplane

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    Mickey Hart & Phil Lesh (The Grateful Dead)
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Hall of Fame Essay


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.  

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1996
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when in flight would soar far and wide, were the best in the world on many a night.

Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead)



Jorma Kaukonen Shoes, c. 1969



Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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