March 2007

This time around 2 rare Skip Spence/Signe Anderson tracks, including a cover of a Rolling Stones masterpeice, we check the Airmail, and Rumour Mill too.  Please join your host Craig Fenton author of the new Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent” W/93 photos, 32 interviews, and 5 star reviews for the journey back in time when you could pay the rent without being in a circus tent. CircusTentAircast4.mp3 

Thanks for flying J.A. and enjoy the weekend,

Craig The Airplane Man

Hello all fine flyers:

How was the weekend?  I found parts of it really hard.  It is a bit over 2 weeks since dad passed away.  Many images that I would pass during common travel reminded me of times spent with him and mom as well.  My mother pased away 3.5 years before dad.

Today we have the 3rd Jefferson Aircast ready for you to listen to.  Why did I do the 3rd so close to the 2nd?  Please check it out and you’ll understand.


There was another tremendous review of “Take Me To A Circus Tent” The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual.  Reviewed by Barb Radmore

The following quote was an amazing experience to read “This book will be an excellent investment for any fans of  either the Airplanes and those of classic rock history. It is not an effort that can ever be equaled or duplicated.” 


Thank you so much to Barb Radmore for such great words!


Enjoy the Aircast and see if you agree on my view or not.


Have a fantastic Monday,


Hello and happy Friday.  Hope all is great!

The latest Jefferson Aircast for the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent” is done!

Jefferson Airplane-Take Me To A Circus Tent Aircast 2

There is a great Jorma rarity from the vaults, the Rumour Mill and an Airmail from a long time fan.

Dedicated to the greatest man on the planet, my dad who passed away 3/10/07.

The website for all cool things Jefferson

Thanks for flying the J.A. and be well,


Hi all and happy Thursday.

Ever have a day that goes nothing as scheduled?  Wednesday I had a bunch of calls that I had to make for a project with the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent.”

The phone rings 7:23 in the morning and that is never a good thing.  It turns out that I had to drive about 50 minutes to  help somebody out.  This turned into almost an entire day.

On the good music side.  I spent the entire night going through 3 Jefferson Airplane concerts that had not previously been authenticated for proper date and venue.  I was able to log all the information into the computer and the good news was 1 of the 3 performances had the proper date and location.  The other 2 had the right venue and city but was off a few days on the month/date/year.  At least there will be some happy Jefferson Airplane fans and the quality of the gigs were really good.  Between B+ and A-.

The events of Wednesday also prevented the recording of the 2nd Airplane Podcast.  I had put aside a few hours to record the show after I pick a cool rarity to play for you fine folks.  Any suggestions?

Still hard to believe dad has passed away.  As somebody told me recently when your parents are gone you go on but never forget.

May you all have a super Thursday,


 Today we play a rare Airplane track from the vaults and read a question from an Airplane fan.

Thanks and enjoy,

Craig Fenton

Author and host

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Hello all and happy Monday from Airplane Land:

Hope you are well tonight.  I thought today it would be good to rant a bit about people that decide whatever they feel is tue is without checking facts.

Recently two things came to light that shouldn’t have surprised me but did get my head stuck in the wall.  A person claimed to have found the real first performance of Grace Slick with the Airplane and decided all the research for the past 41 years was incorrect. 

I made sure to receive a copy of the show.  Whle it is rather short, very enjoyable, and cool to have, it isn’t her first gig.  I put at least 6 reasons on the website under “NEWS” why this is the case

The other fascination came from reading a review where the person didn’t check any facts.  Whatever the typewriter decided to print was the final word.  Even the publisher thought there were acts of unprofessional conduct! 

When I went to school in the dark ages all the English teachers did their best to explain why we must check the facts.  While I am the first to admit I missed more school than most, that was one lesson I didn’t.

Any of you fine folks know about the steps to have Podcasts listed in all directories?  I have been able to create the show but the steps after have been a royal pain in the you know what.

Thanks as always for flying and be well,

Craig The Airplane Man 1.mp3

test again folks.  Thanks.


We made it to Friday.  I was deeply honored to read such nice words about my Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual- “Take Me To A Circus Tent.” (Please find the review and link at the end of the post)

If any of you have good technical knowledge of Podcasting can you please contact me.  I have one issue that needs to be resolved and in 48 hours not one person out of 6.3 billion has been able to save the world.  Thansk so much.

Thanks for the nice emails about dad.

Always be well,

Craig The Airplane Man 


Infinity Publishing, Nov 2006  
Reviewed by Joy Calderwood

It was forty years ago, and it was yesterday. Jefferson Airplane was singing songs that questioned the way most Westerners lived, and doing it with electronic harmonies that dared to express new dreams and new ideals. Today the ideals haven’t died, they’ve just been buried for a while. For those of us who were there, listening today to the songs of Jefferson Airplane brings back that call for freedom, love, and invention – still a vision of a better future.

TAKE ME TO A CIRCUS TENT is the closest thing I have ever seen to an encyclopedia of a rock ‘n’ roll group. The question asked in just about every comment I’ve seen about this book comes down to, “How could anybody know so much about a rock group?” Over a period of decades, author Craig Fenton has collected every Jefferson Airplane item he came across with omnivorous intensity. The result is a book the size of a magazine and an inch thick. Set lists, previously unpublished photographs, half the book full of interviews, this is a treasure trove for the obsessed and page after page of discoveries for the rest of us.

Craig Fenton made the choice to leave out of his book everything but the music. Personalities, peccadilloes, and nosy-parkering, he considers, distract us from what is important. We don’t get to know the people until the second half of the book, where all the interviews are. The first half is lists: lists of songs performed, how long they were included in the shows, what was unique about a particular performance, who played in the band and when. Dominating most of the first half of the book is the most complete Jefferson Airplane set listing ever compiled. Did you see an Airplane concert somewhere during a certain time period? Memory a little fuzzy on what they played? Here it is, for almost every date.

The second half of the book is interviews with people from Marty Balin and Paul Kantner to a short-term guitar player. We hear from a broad range of people connected with the band about how they created their sound, what their record companies had to say about it, what temporary members brought to the band, and what happened to them later. The interviews are so many and interesting that you have to be looking for them to notice that Grace Slick and Jorma Kaukonen haven’t contributed. There is a sweet, moving interview with Signe Anderson, whose decision to raise a family left the empty space filled by Grace Slick. There is a long, far-ranging interview with Marty Balin, the Airplane’s founder. Grace’s first husband Jerry Slick and Jorma’s brother Peter Kaukonen both talked with Fenton. Some interviewees air their hurt feelings, others their admiration for each other. We learn how much a musician can be willing to give up to give his life to his music.

Once I got a look at the size of TAKE ME TO A CIRCUS TENT, I thought I would page through it, see what it contained and how it could be used, and give you a map. I found myself reading the entire book: lists with commentary, schedules, with events deliberately depersonalized. Why? I loved the concerts that played in my head as I read the old titles.

You may have gotten the idea by now that TAKE ME TO A CIRCUS TENT is for nostalgic fans and music historians. I would agree. When I first opened the package and saw that oh-so-familiar picture on the front, I picked it up and hugged it. A music historian’s reaction would probably be less dramatic – it would probably be a salute to a group of talented musicians who stretched their limits and therefore ours.

Mar 2007

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