Jorma Kaukonen, of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna fame, not only played a major role in the creation of San Francisco-style psychedelic music back in the 1960s, but also inspired a generation of acoustic fingerpickers with his beautiful dropped-D instrumental “Embryonic Journey” on Surrealistic Pillow, which he played with a Gibson acoustic. He was also one of the few psychedelic rockers to rely heavily on a Gibson ES-345.
Jefferson Airplane was a San Francisco, California band that pioneered psychedelic rock and defined the 1960's counterculture movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. The first Bay Area group to achieve international commercial success, they were headliners at the three most notable American rock festivals of their era - Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969) - as well as the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968) in England. Their 1967 break-out record Surrealistic Pillow ranks on the short list of most significant recordings of the "Summer of Love." Two songs from that album, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", are among Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
Jefferson Airplane broke up in 1972, and essentially split into the two bands, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.