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Paul Kantner

Biography

Vocalist/songwriter and tempo guitarist Paul Kantner was a founding person in Jefferson Aircraft and Jefferson Starship. Kantner was the initial person contacted by vocalist Marty Balin about piecing together a folk-rock group within the mid-’60s within the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Bay Region. Jefferson Aircraft was one of the primary and probably the most commercially effective from the San Francisco acid solution rock psychedelic sets of the ’60s. The group begun to fragment by the end from the 10 years, and Kantner released a single record, Blows Contrary to the Empire, in 1970. It had been accompanied by a duo record along with his partner, Aircraft lead singer Sophistication Slick, Sunfighter, in 1971, along with a trio record, Baron Vol Tollbooth & the Stainless Nun, with Slick and David Freiberg (who acquired replaced Balin within the Aircraft) in 1973. Kantner and Slick reorganized the Aircraft beneath the name Jefferson Starship in 1974. Kantner released another solo record, Planet Earth Stone Orchestra, in 1983, and still left Jefferson Starship in 1984, and the band’s name was truncated to Starship. Kantner after that released the KBC Music group. In 1989, he was an associate of the re-formed edition of Jefferson Aircraft, and from the ’90s, he toured a fresh model of Jefferson Starship, which steadily became a Kantner family members band with the 21st hundred years. That lineup released an record in 2008 entitled Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty, also offering contributions from relatives and buddies including Sophistication Slick, Marty Balin, David Freiberg, Cathy Richardson, Slick Aguilar, and Prairie Prince. On January 28, 2016, Kantner passed away of multiple body organ failure in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA at age 74 (coincidentally on a single day, with the same age group, as initial Jefferson Aircraft vocalist Signe Anderson, who predated Elegance Slick within the band).

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Full Name Paul Kantner
Died January 28, 2016, San Francisco, California, United States
Profession Guitarist, Film Score Composer
Education Santa Clara University
Nationality American
Children China Kantner, Gareth Alexander Kantner, Alexander Kantner
Parents Cora Lee Kantner, Paul Kantner
Music Groups Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna
Music Songs Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, White Rabbit, We Built This City, Somebody to Love, Sara, Miracles, Count On Me, Runaway, The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil, Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now, We Can Be Together, Today, House at Pooneil Corners, Volunteers, Jane, Plastic Fantastic Lover, Comin' Back to Me, Embryonic Journey, Sketches of China, The Other Side of This Life, D.C.B.A., It's No Secret, Wooden Ships, Find Your Way Back, Lather, Watch Her Ride, Eskimo Blue Day, She Has Funny Cars, Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon, Pretty as You Feel, When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves, It's Not Enough
Albums Blows Against the Empire, Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun, Sunfighter, Dragon Fly, Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra, Surrealistic Pillow, Live at the Great American Music Hall, Sailing At The Wetlands 1992, Live At Sweetwater Saloon, Mill Valley, CA 1991, Live at Ft. Lauderdale 30th December 1992, Hook & Line, Leavin Town
Nominations Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation


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1 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 (as a member of Jefferson Airplane).
2 Father of China Kantner and Gareth Alexander Kantner.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Pastoral 2016 writer: "Go To Her"
She's Beautiful When She's Angry 2014 Documentary writer: "Volunteers" - as Pal Kantner
Fresh Meat 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Of Yesterday and Tomorrow 2009 Short writer: "Martha", "D.C.B.A - 25"
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony 2009 Video Game writer: "Jane"
A Serious Man 2009 writer: "Today"
Taking Woodstock 2009 writer: "Wooden Ships", "Volunteers"
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned 2009 Video Game writer: "Jane"
CSNY/Déjà Vu 2008 Documentary writer: "Wooden Ships" - as Paul L. Kantner
The Boondocks 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock 'n' Roll Greats: Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas 2004 Video writer: "Jane" - uncredited
Cold Case 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wet Hot American Summer 2001 writer: "Jane"
The '60s 1999 TV Movie writer: "Volunteers"
A Walk on the Moon 1999 writer: "Today" 1967
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Forrest Gump 1994 "Volunteers" 1969
Jack the Bear 1993 writer: "Today"
1969 1988 writer: "Wooden Ships"
Before Stonewall 1984 Documentary writer: "We Can Be Together" - uncredited
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
WKRP in Cincinnati 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dance of Love 1974 writer: "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil"
Stamping Ground 1971 Documentary writer: "Saturday Afternoon", "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil"
1 P.M. 1971 Documentary writer: "House at Pooneil Corner"
Pacific Vibrations 1970 Documentary writer: "Wooden Ships"
Woodstock 1970 Documentary writer: "Wooden Ships", "Won't You Try"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jefferson Starship & The Contemporary Youth Orchestra 2011 TV Movie
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 Acid cook guy at Matrix (uncredited)
The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 TV Movie Holographic Band Member (as The Jefferson Starship)

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fly Jefferson Airplane 2004 Video

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Sleep TV3 2016 TV Series in memoriam - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Revolution: The Legacy of the Sixties Documentary filming Himself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Light My Fire 2009 Video Himself
Folk America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Fly Jefferson Airplane 2004 Video Himself
Politically Incorrect 1999 TV Series Himself
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Feed Your Head 1997 Documentary short Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Woodstock Diary 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
The Doors: Live in Europe 1968 1991 Video documentary Himself (Host)
Super Night of Rock 'n' Roll 1984 TV Movie Himself
Fridays 1981 TV Series Himself
Fillmore 1972 Documentary Performers (as The Jefferson Airplane)
Stamping Ground 1971 Documentary Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
San Francisco Rock: A Night at the Family Dog 1970 TV Movie documentary Himself - Jefferson Airplane
Gimme Shelter 1970 Documentary Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)
Monterey Pop 1968 Documentary Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
New American Bandstand 1965 1967 TV Series Himself (as Jefferson Airplane)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - In Memoriam
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Jefferson Airplane

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Blows Against the Empire (1970) (music recording)


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