Jorma Kaukonen of Airplane/Hot Tuna Pens Memoir

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As the co-founder of two beloved high-profile bands, first Jefferson Airplane and then—for nearly 50 years now—Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen has experienced the rock ’n’ roll life up close. Now, he will tell his tale in a memoir, Been So Long—My Life and Music, to be published by St. Martin’s Press on Aug. 28.

The book is available for pre-order here.

The guitarist/singer/songwriter’s book, the first from any of the original Airplane members—Grace Slick, not an original member, published hers in 1998 and latter-day Airplane/Jefferson Starship drummer Johny Barbata published his in 2007—will chart his personal history from childhood through his music career.

Related: Jorma and Janis Joplin duet before they were rock stars

In an official statement, Kaukonen said, “There are those who talk about writing books and those who actually do it. I guess this is my chance to jump from one camp to the other…My story is my story. Having told bits and pieces of it over my lifetime to a treasured few, it was time to tell all to a bigger audience.”

Related: When Jefferson Airplane woke up New York City

In addition to recording and touring as both a solo artist and with Jack Casady in Hot Tuna, Kaukonen and his wife Vanessa co-operate the Fur Peace Ranch, a guitar camp in Ohio.

In addition to the book news, Hot Tuna has unveiled an extensive list of fall tour dates. Go here and here for tickets.

Aug. 25: Nederland, CO – NedFest
Aug. 26: Nederland, CO – NedFest
Aug. 28: Jackson, WY – Jackson Hole Center for the Arts
Aug. 30: Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Aug. 31: Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Sept. 1: Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
Sept. 2: Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
Sept. 4: Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
Sept. 6: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Sept. 27: Ithaca, NY – State Theatre
Sept. 28: Northampton, MA – Academy of Music
Sept. 29: Katonah, NY – Caramoor Center
Sept. 30: Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Oct. 12: Beverly, MA – Cabot Theater
Oct. 13: North Truro, MA – Payomet Performing Arts Center
Oct. 14: Albany, NY – The Egg Performing Arts Center
Nov. 21: New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Nov. 23: Waterville, ME – Waterville Opera House
Nov. 24: Derry, NY – Tupelo Music Hall
Nov. 25: Ridgefield, CT -Ridgefield Playhouse
Nov. 27: Washington, DC – City Winery
Nov. 29: Owings Mills, MD – Gordon Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 30: Marietta, OH – Peoples Bank Theatre

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