BLOWS AGAINST THE
EMPIRE - PLANET EARTH ROCK AND ROLL ORCHESTRA
Well, looks like we have
yet another exclusive offer for you, Blows Against the
Empire and Planet Earth Rock and
Roll Orchestra. This issue of Blows contains bonus tracks
of Demos, SFX (Hart and Garcia), Alternative takes and a
live version of Starship (Airplane members performing).
Blows Against the Empire also includes a deluxe booklet
with original art, commentaries and more.
Planet Earth Rock and Roll
Orchestra, the original release, digitized at RCA (BMG)
and released as a CD for the first time (exclusively from
this site) is the bookend to the original Jefferson
Starship adventure. PERRO, also known as "The Alternate
Quantum Universe" features the original Jefferson Starship
line-up with some very special guests. The CD includes an
11"x17" two sided poster with lyrics and artwork by Paul
A bonus disk (CD ROM) features
a demo of the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Radio Show, which
is under consideration for broadcast. The disk also
contains rare interviews, Planet Earth Rock and Roll
Orchestra web links, articles, pictures and whatever
If you are still
playing the tapes, this is a must have. Click the store
link or click here to
1983-Sandinistas and Synthesizers
(Excerpt from History of
the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra )
1983 would bring both members of Jefferson Airplane,
Jefferson Starship, the Kantner children plus a host of
seasoned session players to form Paul Kantner's Planet
Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra, the companion piece to
1970's Blows Against the Empire. It would take more than
20 years for this science fiction masterpiece to be
reissued. Hailed as the long lost Jefferson
Airplane/Jefferson Starship album, Sony/BMG Music is
releasing Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra for 2005.
However, Jefferson Starship was to move further and
further away from its original concepts which ultimately
led Paul Kantner to leave the band in July 1984. He had
put in 19 years as a veteran of Jefferson Airplane and
In 1985 he formed his the band, KBC with Marty Balin and
Jack Casady. The band produced one album and toured for
the next two years.
In 1987, Paul traveled to Nicaragua. He played for the
Sandinistas who were familiar with such revolutionary
songs as Volunteers. He became close to the people of
Nicaragua. He was inspired to write a book entitled Paul
Kantner's Nicaragua Diary aptly subtitled: How I spent my
Summer Vacation or I was a Commie Dupe for the Sandinistas.
Paul was to return to the US reinvigorated.
It was Paul Kantner who sparked a Jefferson Airplane
reunion in 1989 with Grace, Marty, Jack, and Jorma. The
reunion produced one album and a tour. In 1992 he launched
a new band under the name Jefferson Starship claiming that
he loved the idea of "hijacking" his own band.
Paul has continued his command of Jefferson Starship The
Next Generation since 1992 with JS veteran Marty Balin.
The core of the band has consisted of Darby Gould (vocals
1992), Diana Mangano (vocals1995), Prairie Prince (The
Tubes) drums, Tim Gorman (keyboards 1992) Chris Smith
keyboards, Slick Aguilar (David Crosby band) guitar, and
both Jack Casady and Tom Lily on bass. The Jefferson
Starship extended family has included David Freiberg
(Quicksilver Messenger Service) Jack Traylor (Steelwind)
Signe Anderson (vocalist on Jefferson Airplane's first
album), Tom Constanten keyboards (Grateful Dead) and many
Paul Kantner played guitar, synthesizer, banjo, glass
harmonica, and provided vocals on Planet Earth Rock and
KANTNER DISCUSSES PERRO
I originally took it (Planet
Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra)
to publishers in the 80s but they couldn't quite figure
out what it was about or if it was any good even.
The main question I got from them was "we don't know
what shelf we'd put it on the bookstore. Is it a music
book, a spy novel, an adventure, a screen play, a science
fiction book." At that point I got pretty
disheartened and was doing a lot of other things at the
time so I didn't really pursue it. But then some fans
among others, not by insistence but more request ...I got
back into it.
we got our own website I decided to take the vanity
publishing route and I did the whole thing myself on this
little homegrown business that we do here on our website.
I went and re-edited, type-checked, spell checked and
added this and that and put together a 500 page novel and
a CD and combined it from the music from the same novel.
We are putting it up for sale on our website.
There's a couple of other books that I am working on, one
that I have already done called "The Nicaraguan Diaries,"
about a trip to Nicaragua.
This is a step further down the line. I'm telling the people who liked the Airplane and the Starship, "Here's another step if you want to take it." Not this band, but this concept. I think our generation is already doing that, likening people to the prospect of being out there in a natural setting rather than it being some big science fiction place where big green guys are after you, or the moon is green cheese. It's a natural environment and that's the first step to getting people ready to go. It's like the way it was getting people ready to come to America, to go across in a covered wagon after they've lived in Vienna with Mozart and everything. "What do we wanna go in the fucking covered wagon for?" Because there's something there to do for those who want to do it. For the weirdos that want to do it. For the weirdos that wanna go.