Jefferson Airplane’s Kaukonen is still on embryonic journey
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is reflecting on his life and how, long before he wrote and recorded the Jefferson Airplane classic “Embryonic Journey,” he was on a decades-long journey of his own discovery.
The 77-year-old guitarist, whose blues-influenced finger-picking style helped shape psychedelic rock in the 1960s, spent his childhood living in post-colonial Pakistan and the Philippines, son of a globe-trotting U.S. diplomat.
During a brief sojourn in the United States, he picked up a guitar at age 14 and pretty much never put it down.
The result was a signature sound on Airplane classics like “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” as Kaukonen transferred the hard-living lifestyle he’d learned as a 1950s embassy brat to that of a rock star.
The co-founder of the enduring band Hot Tuna recounts his life in the recently released memoir, “Been So Long.”