From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene

Thank you Ben Marks for a great interview!


Check this new book out. Available on Amazon by Harvey Kubernik. Read about the MATRIX and Marty Balin’s influence on Bill Graham and the Fillmore!

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Jerry Garcia’

Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Janis Joplin’

“We had this mansion in the Haight Ashbury area. Janis was kind of around, I met her at the mansion. We had a pool table and everybody would come over and play pool. Big Brother and her would come over and play, and the Dead, we all would play. Then when I saw her perform at the Fillmore, I was knocked out, it was amazing. I still haven’t seen anybody who could top her version of “Summertime.” I’d be standing right there on stage and it would send chills through me”.
– Marty Balin

Marty Balin recalls Paul McCartney flies to San Francisco

“The Jefferson Airplane was practicing at the original Filmore in San Fransisco in the afternoon when in walked the Beatles assistant Mal. He was in a suit and tie and very British when he said “Master Paul McCartney would like to visit with you”. I said “show him in”. He went out and came back with Paul McCartney leading the two of them back in. He was also in a suit and tie. He sat right down with us and talked a bit. Then we invited him to Jack and my apartment in the Haight Ashbury. So we went to our apartment and Jack and Jorma kept trying to get Paul to jam with them but he didn’t really want to. So he came over to my side of the apartment and we sat and started to talk. I said “so what’s up with the Beatles?”. Paul casually pulled a cassette from his pocket and said ” I happen to have a track from the new album”. I pulled out my cassette player and popped it in. Out came A DAY IN THE LIFE OF. Imagine the first time hearing that song……and I was sitting there with Paul McCartney hearing it….I was stunned and knocked off the universe. I just praised the heck out of it…and him…and the Beatles and knew that it was part of a magnificent wave of new music led by the Beatles.”
– Marty Balin

Jefferson Airplane launched the S.F. rock scene

MVD Entertainment Group Proudly Announces Label Artist MARTY BALIN, Founder Of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, To Receive Grammy Honorable Lifetime Achievement Award


Marty’s Triad


Interview: Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin


Marty’s Triad


Marty Balin’s Many Incarnations


Marty Balin Interview

Old City Life, The Impact of a Lifetime


The 58th Grammy’s, Saluting Jefferson Airplane’s Crown Of Creation


Legendary Singer Songwriter Marty Balin Releases New Album


Goldmine – Marty Balin’s memories 50 years on


Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin remembers Paul Kantner: ‘He was one of the greats’


The Jake Feinberg Show


Goldmine – Marty Balin Feature

Click on the article below to see it larger

Marty Balin Remembers Paul Kantner

“So many memories rushing through my mind now. So many moments that he and I opened new worlds. He was the first guy I picked for the band and he was the first guy who taught me how to roll a joint. And although I know he liked to play the devil’s advocate, I am sure he has earned his wings now”. Sai Ram “Go with God”


Grammy Awards


Rockcellar Magazine


Cave Hollywood featuring Marty Balin


Elmore Magazine
Marty Balin’s 50th Anniversary Jefferson Airplane Tribute Album Out Now


Elmore Magazine
Jefferson Airplane Founder Marty Balin To Celebrate The Band’s 50th Anniversary With New Releases


Goldmine – Marty Balin Featured Article


Marty Balin Discusses New Releases And Current Career


Lone Star 92.5
Founding Member of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE and STARSHIP, Marty Balin checks in!

Read more:

Pacific Sun, Music: Flying high


WFJA Classic Hits 105.5


Marty Balin Unplugged and Totally Uncut

Grammy Museum


The Athens News


San Francisco Chronicle


Rock ‘n’ Roll with a Splash of Color


San Rafael Patch


Pacific Sun, Music: For the greater good


Pacific Sun, Marty Balin ~ Founding member & lead vocalist of Jefferson Airplane


Donate to my good friend Slick’s Wellness Fund

Click here to donate

LIFE Magazine


San Francisco Sounds

Layout 1

The Onion


The State Journal-Register