Paul Kantner

Paul Lorin Kantner was born on Mar. 17, 1941 in San Francisco, CA. He found himself at a permanent proximity to the music world upon entering his teen years in the 1950s, accessing rock and roll as both a personal oasis ... Read more »
Born: 03/17/1941 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Music (9)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

("Today") (Song)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

("Wooden Ships") (Song)

Word of Honor (TNT) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

("Jane") (Song)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

("Today") (Song)

The War At Home 1996 (Movie)

("Wooden Ships") (Song)

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

("Today") (Song)

1969 1988 (Movie)

("Wooden Ships") (Song)

The War at Home 1978 (Movie)

("We Can Be Together") (Song)
Actor (7)

Mick Jagger: The Ultimate Performer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doors 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Gimme Shelter 1970 (Movie)

Jefferson Airplane Band Member (Actor)

Monterey Pop 1968 (Movie)

Jefferson Airplane Band Member (Actor)

Biography

Paul Lorin Kantner was born on Mar. 17, 1941 in San Francisco, CA. He found himself at a permanent proximity to the music world upon entering his teen years in the 1950s, accessing rock and roll as both a personal oasis and as a means of civil protest. Kantner enrolled in Santa Clara University and San Jose State College, though he dropped out of school before earning his degree. In 1965, Kantner met musician Marty Balin, and the two formed the psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane. Early inductees to the band included bassist Jack Casady, drummer Spencer Dryden, singer Grace Slick and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. The band's success and popularity escalated over the remainder of the '60s; at the same time, Kantner and Slick enjoyed a romantic relationship, releasing albums together and bearing a daughter, China, in 1971. Personal disputes among members led to a fissure of Jefferson Airplane by 1972. At this point, Jefferson Airplane gave way to the bands Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna, each of which featured Kantner in a prominent role. Kantner suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in 1980, though made a substantial recovery. By 1984, he had cut ties with Jefferson Starship due to a distaste for the band's creative direction, going on to form-once again with Balin-the short-lived KBC Band. Although they disbanded by 1987, Kantner would find reason to unite again with Balin and Slick (despite residual conflict) as well as fellow former collaborators under the Jefferson Airplane banner, first in 1989 and then again in 1996. At this time, Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, marking the first reunion of all founding members since the original disbanding. Kantner focused on alternative projects in his later years, including spoken word poetry. In March of 2015, Kantner suffered a heart attack, followed by another in January of 2016; he died on Jan. 28, 2016 from organ failure. He was survived by his two sons, Gareth and Alexander, and daughter (with Slick) China.

Relationships

China Kantner Actor

Daughter

Grace Slick Song

Ex-Companion

Milestones

1974

Co-founded Jefferson Starship, named after Kantner's growing obsession with science fiction

1968

Co-wrote the Crosby Stills and Nash hit "Wooden Ships"

1967

Released the psychedelic classic <i>Surrealistic Pillow</i>, featuring the hit singles "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit"

1965

Co-founded Jefferson Airplane.

Bonus Trivia

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Had a romantic relationship, and bore a daughter, with Jefferson Airplane bandmate Grace Slick.

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Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Died on the same day as former bandmate Signe Toly Anderson.

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