Jefferson Airplane Joins Jampol Artist Management Roster: Exclusive
"I think it’s fan-f---ing-tastic,” says Grace Slick.
Iconic sixties group Jefferson Airplane and its offshoot, Jefferson Starship, has signed a worldwide deal with Jampol Artist Management (JAM, Inc.), the legacy management firm that counts The Doors, Janis Joplin, Ramones, Otis Redding and Muddy Waters, among others, on its roster.
“I think it’s fan-f---ing-tastic that we’re working with JAM,” said Jefferson Airplane frontwoman Grace Slick in a statement announcing the signing. Added founder Marty Balin: "The Airplane still flies! It was one of the greatest experiences I ever had. I am proud of the musical legacy Jefferson Airplane brings and I look forward to working with JAM.”
With original members Paul Kantner (guitar), who died in Jan. 2016, Jorma Kaukonen (guitar), Jack Casady (bass) and Spencer Dryden (drums), Airplane was among the most successful and influential acts to emerge from the San Franscisco Haight Ashbury scene, releasing its highest charting album, Surrealistic Pillow, in 1967 months ahead of the Summer of Love. The album included such hits as "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" -- songs that came to symbolize the psychedelic sixties and have endured for decades. Airplane was also one of the first rock groups to feature a female singer.
Airplane notched two top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 -- "Somebody to Love," at No. 5, and "White Rabbit" at No. 8 -- and six as Jefferson Starship or just Starship, including the No. 1s "We Built This City," "Sara" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
JAM, Inc. specializes in extending, promoting and diversifying offerings by legacy acts through documentary and feature film projects, stage productions, retail apparel and licensing campaigns, museum exhibitions, books and more.
Says JAM, Inc. president Jeff Jampol: “For the last 15 years, we have been working to extend the legacies of pop culture institutions. Our job is to protect and promote the art that visionaries like Jefferson Airplane made so that this art carries forward to new generations. We take that responsibility very seriously. Our guiding principles are authenticity, credibility, and pure respect for the art. We are absolutely honored by the opportunity to apply our ‘Jamcraft’ to both Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship’s legacy."