May 2007

Hi all Airplaners:

Please join me Craig Fenton the author of the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent” for the latest Aircast #14.  We have a great 3 tracks from a forgotten 68 TV appearance and this includes the most unique version of  “Today.”

Thanks and be well,


Hi everyone in Airplane/Starship Land:

How are you tonight?

I wanted to thank Martin from the U.K. for his 5 star review on regarding “Take Me To A Circus Tent.”  It is always an amazing feeling to see that somebody has enjoyed the book as much as I did putting it together.  Thanks to all of you!!

Another  “Take Me To A Circus Tent” thanks to Rod for calling the book the 2nd best of any 60’s rock!

Darby Gould the former Jefferson Starship lead singer will be having all the work finished on her website shortly.  I’ll be happy to update you.

 Marty Balin and Slick did a cool show and you can read about it at

 A Jefferson Aircast may happen in the next 24 hours or less.

Have a great night and be well,

Craig Fenton

5/24/07:How are you feeling?  Yes it is not a normal Aircast day but a goody awaits.  If you can help 2 great radio causes (They depend on listener dollars) it would be fantastic.  I put the information in the Aircast but will also list it below.   Aircast 13 info is below as well!  Thanks as always and have a great flight!For 20 years Don Grossinger has been helping the dinosaur with a program called Morning Dew Saturday Night 9:30 to 12 Midnight eastern time on WBAI, New York City.There is a tremendous internet station that can be found at  

24 hours a day they are playing 60’s psych music and always diverse.  Oh really?  Yes!  How about today Airplane, Sons Of Adam, Beatles, Captain Beefheart, Pandamonium, and the Pretty things all in under 30 minutes!  Please help and Morning Dew at  Thank you 1,000,000 times.   Have a great and safe weekend,Craig

The Airplane ManAircast #13 is the earliest material we have of a live JA performance.  Get ready to take-off soon.11/6/65 Calliope Warehouse 924 Howard Street Loft,

San Francisco, California  This was the first Bill Graham Production. The show was for the San Francisco Mime Troupe Appeal Party.  


This is the earliest documented set list for the

Jefferson Airplane.   

1 It’s No Secret 3:46 

2 Tobacco Road

4:54  The version performed was not as up tempo as most but very strong.  Written by John Loudermilk, but most recognized from the Nashville Teens and Lou Rawls.  

3 Runnin’ Round This World 2:49

That’s it for the Airplane Man!

Be well always,


Hello and happy Monday.  Hope you are well.  Please join me Craig Fenton the author of the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent” W/93 photos, 32 interviews, and 5 star reviews for the latest

Aircast (#12).  We have a fun tune as the magic of editing helps Signe/Grace sing together as well as Quicksilver member Dino Valente joining the Airplane for a New Years Eve goody!

10/15/66 Fillmore the last show with Signe and 10/16/66 Fillmore (Late) the second show with Grace-

High Flying Bird

12/31/67 Winterland in the city by the bay

Baby What You Want Me To Do with Dino Valente  

We also check your Airmail and look at the facts.

Enjoy and spread the word please,


Please join me your host Craig Fenton for the latest Aircast (11) we’ll have some great audio rarities for you


Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon 5:38 Today 4:02

and… check the rumor mill.  Will Jack Casady be part of Pete Sears new band?


The largest hand possible goes out to Don Aters for getting his Masters Degree

from Indiana University in record time.  It is possible in the history of the school

nobody did it quicker and with honors!  Don, I know how proud Chet is and all

your friends!

Enjoy the day and be well,

Airplane Man


Thanks and be well,




Hi there:

Hope you had a great weekend.  Doing okay?

I had gotten a bunch of requests to put more photos of Grace Slick and the Great Society on the website.  Thanks to the fantastic eye of Herb Greene I happened to have some in the Rock Cave. 

There is a section on the website under photos for the Great Society.  I made sure that there are not only full band pictures but Grace and non-Grace as well.

A Jefferson Aircast (Podcast) should be this week.

Have a fantastic Monday,

Craig The Airplane Man

Hello there:

Friday on my mind.  Sorry wrong band.  How you feel today?  Hope all is well.

I got a few requests the past several days to come up with a rare Great Society track.

On You Tube

I posted a song that never made either of their 2 live records or

“Born To Be Burned.”  I used some amazing Herb Greene photos of the band while the song

“Bulldog Blues” plays.  A cool tune from a band that should have gotten more credit.

Enjoy and have a great weekend,

Airplane Man

How are you today?  Please join me Craig Fenton the author of the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent” for a terrific Podcast.  Number 10!  We have the normal Airmals to read and we’ll play the only time the Airplane covered a song from the Isley Brothers and you can check out a terrific recording of “Martha.”

Thanks as always and be well,



Hi everyone:

A quick note for the You Tube fans.  I put up a cool jam of Jack Casady and Jimi

Hendrix from 68.  Enjoy the memories.

How was the weekend?  I often get asked about interviews for the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent” which I am always honored to do.  Many people did not realize the other services the Airplane Man is available for.

One of the exciting projects I am part of is a lecture tour with two A+ individuals as well as voice training for professional work, help with public speaking, etc.

Here is what I wrote on the website to make sure it doesn’t stay a secret.  Please spread the word if you know of people interested in the following:

Interviews, lectures, voice training and public speaking (How to do it best)

are all things the Airplane Man is ready for!


Besides being available for interviews and quotes I am involved with several exciting services:

Tom Constanten the former member of the Grateful Dead, a man that speaks 6 languages and has taught at two colleges, Don Aters the great rock and roll photogrpaher for 40 years, the best friend of Chet Helms and the man that completed a Masters Program in record time, along with myself

Craig Fenton (Author of the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent” and a former radio disc-jockey) are now lecturing.  The formula that Don thought of worked has worked exceptionally well. (2.5 to 3 hours)

I speak about the Jefferson Airplane & “Take Me To A Circus Tent”

Tom Constanten talks about life with and without the Grateful Dead

Don Aters gives a rock history lesson of the San Francisco scene in the 60’s and some Chet Helms Stories

Tom Constanten plays a solo set of music on the keyboards

We take questions and answers from the audience

The conclusion is a meet and greet with a prize or two given away

The lectures are not only for colleges.  We are available for the

rock and roll art galleries, music stores, record shops, corporate environment, concert facilities, private parties, clubs, and festivals.

Contact me please if interested.


If you are in need of voice training for professional work ranging from losing a regional accent to

improvisational speaking techniques please contact me.  As a former disc-jockey and long time public speaker I set up individaul training and not the

one size fits all approach

Contact me please if interested.

Thanks and always be well,

Craig The Airplane Man

Hi there:

 From the circus tent somewhere in Airplane land I wish you all a great Saturday.

Had a nice week with the book related activities.  I got to talk with Herb Greene the photographer that supplied a myriad of photos for the “Take Me To A Circus Tent” Jefferson Airplane book and Don Aters the legendary lens person as well.

Yesterday I talked with the first female vocalist of the Airplane (Signe Anderson).  Her website isn’t too far from being finished and I am attempting to help her thansk to the great Rick McNamara (Jefferson Starship webmaster).  Signe’s medical bills have been so large that I can’t even type the numbers and I am hoping to find some exciting things that would be sold to help pay down her debts.  One thing I am toying with is if it is possible to have a tribute CD by various artists that were there in the 60’s and 70’s.

A mutual friend of Signe and I is working on a tribute song for Signe to go on the website.  Hopefully details will be available soon.  As of May 4th, 2007 he had about 95 percent of the song written.  That was great news and it made her smile.

If anybody knows a good and honest agent please remember that former Grateful Dead member Tom Constanten, Don Aters (40 years of rock and roll photos) and, I am lecturing.  We each speak, Tom plays a solo set of music, we answer questions and answers, and finally a cool meet and greet.

I posted another cool Jefferson Airplane item on You Tube and a nice George Harrison as well!  Please enjoy!

Did I cover everything?  Please check out the Jefferson Aircasts (Podcasts).  The next one will be in a few days.  I have been recording them every 7-8 days.

I haven’t typed this much since the book “Take Me To A Circus Tent.”

Thanks this week and every week to Rob from Canada.  He is the only person in the universe that can explain computer realted things to an idiot (Me) and it actually not only works but I understand!

Always be well and as I miss my dad more each minute, please tell your parents you love them.

 All the best,

Airplane Man 

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