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Got a Revolution!: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  109 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The most successful and influential rock band to emerge from San Francisco during the 1960s, Jefferson Airplane created the sound of a generation. Their smash hits "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" virtually invented the era's signature pulsating psychedelic music and, during one of the most tumultuous times in American history, came to personify the decade's radical c ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 19th 2005 by Atria Books (first published 2003)
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Dorian Box
Feb 16, 2016 Dorian Box rated it it was amazing
When Paul Kantner died recently (RIP Paul!), I went looking for a book about Jefferson Airplane and was surprised I had not previously come across this masterpiece.

I've read at least a hundred rock bios, so have a solid basis for comparing and rating them. Got a Revolution is one of the best! The enormous amount of detail may not make it the perfect book for casual fans, but it is the requisite bible for aficionados of not only Jefferson Airplane, but the entire sixties San Francisco psychedelic
Mar 08, 2016 Juan rated it liked it
As often happens when I read biographies of rock bands and/or musicians, I come away with a somewhat saddening sense of regret. It's similar to the expression "you don't want to see the sausage being made." Even though I know we're all human and have our myriad failings as people and artists, it's a bit disheartening nonetheless to see our one time heroes being depicted, as is so often the case, as way less than flawless specimens of coolness. But this is still a very informative read and I reco ...more
James Brown
Feb 09, 2016 James Brown rated it really liked it
I read this book back in 2003 when it came out and I just re-read it after Paul sailed off into the stars on January 28, 2016 for his final journey. I will miss him greatly for he represented a time in history that will probably never be duplicated. I liked the book when I first read it and I liked it even more the second time around. I binge listened via Spotify to the Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Grace's solo LP's, PERO, KBC, Kantner, Freiberg and Slick, Quicksilver and the Great So ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Sandy rated it it was amazing
I had waited impatiently for many years for someone to tackle a complete history of one of my favorite bands, Jefferson Airplane, and when I finally saw the book in my local store, and then the author's name on the book itself, I knew right away that all would be well. I had enjoyed Jeff Tamarkin's wonderfully well-written, impeccably researched, enthusiastic and informative liner notes for various Airplane and Hot Tuna CDs for quite a while, and sensed that he was the perfect man to handle this ...more
Dan Ream
Aug 05, 2016 Dan Ream rated it really liked it
Well done biography of the band that appropriately focuses on their prime years (1966-1970) but does a good job of covering the band members' lives up to the end of the century. Lots of bad behavior covered for a biography that was written with the band members' support and contributions. As entertaining as they were, these were difficult people to get along with, especially Grace Slick, with her alcoholism and erratic behavior. Sad that such talented, achieving people should have so many inner ...more
Sep 14, 2008 Rob rated it liked it
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i'm surprised at how little i've learned about the band from reading this. there's very little, if any, new information here. also, does anyone really care that much about jefferson starship and (cringing) STARSHIP? this book is, according to the title anyway, supposed to cover the airplane, and a full third of it deals with post-airplane stuff. yuck.

i'm amazed, too, at the disproportionate coverage of the band's history - woodstock (yawn) gets about 10 pages, the "crown of creation" sessions ge
Bit dry, and no one comes out of it really likable. But the book covers the band and its convoluted history over the years in good detail. Worth reading for anyone interested in the Airplane or the San Francisco scene.
Lawrence A
Oct 24, 2007 Lawrence A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As will be true for many who have read or will read this book, the Jefferson Airplane was/is my favorite rock band of all time. Jeff Tamarkin is the ultimate Airplane scholar, and has a deep familiarity with both the members of the band and their music. His writing is felicitous, and he truly captures the spirit of the times in which the Airplane was created, made their greatest records, and performed their greatest music.
Rog Harrison
Feb 08, 2015 Rog Harrison rated it liked it
I saw Jefferson Starship in Glasgow last month so it prompted me to read this book again.(I read it on 14 December 2007) It is definitely worth a read for people who have heard the music of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. It was written in 2003 so could probably do with an update to cover events since then.
Bret B
Aug 16, 2007 Bret B rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any Airplane fan
The Airplane are my favorite band.

This book is approached with vivid detail. There are things I never knew about this band that are in this book. The known controversies(Germany concert, "Paul/Jefferson" vs "Grace/Starship") are tackled head on.
Jul 07, 2013 Nina rated it it was amazing
Clear and concise writing document the journey of one of my favorite 60s groups. While there is mention of substance use, the music always dominates. Tamarkin has done an excellent job of gathering facts and interviewing key people.
May 27, 2009 Terri rated it it was amazing
If you have read Grace Slicks bio, pull up a chair and read about everyone else in the group. Marty Ballin and Paul Kantner are really illuminated but Bill Graham also appears in this very entertaining book.
Apr 10, 2008 William rated it liked it
An interesting book on the Jefferson Airplane.

Well written but obviously only viable reading material for those interested in this niche topic.
May 12, 2009 Caroline rated it it was amazing
hands down one of the best music biographies i've ever read. a must read for any airplane fan!
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