(March 17, 1941 – January 28, 2016) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, known for co-founding Jefferson Airplane, a psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era, and its more commercial spin-off band Jefferson Starship. He was born in San Francisco, California.
Although the band was originally formed in 1965 by Marty Balin,
Kantner eventually became the leader of Jefferson Airplane and led the
group through its highly successful late 1960s period. In 1970, while
still active with Jefferson Airplane, Kantner and several Bay Area
musicians recorded a one-off side project under the name "Paul Kantner
and the Jefferson Starship." Jefferson Airplane continued to record and
perform until 1972. When the band officially broke up, Kantner revived
the Jefferson Starship name and continued to record and perform with
that band for the next five decades. Kantner had the longest continuous
membership with the band; at times he was the only founding member still
in the band from the original Jefferson Airplane lineup.
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