Deeper Digs in Rock: Jorma Kaukonen


In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been a leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. He was a founding member of two legendary bands, The Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna, a Grammy nominee, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the most in-demand instructor in the galaxy of stars who teach at the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp that he and his wife operate in picturesque Southeastern Ohio

Jorma has just released his memoir, 'Been So Long: My Life and Music' from Thomas Dunne Books. Listen in as the Rock N Roll Archaeologist Christian Swain sits down to dig deep into an incredible life in music. From the privileged son of an American diplomat where he spent his youth in far away lands, to finding himself in San Francisco as the ‘Summer of Love’ was blooming, where he helps form the foundational band Jefferson Airplane. After a few years at the heights of rock stardom he forms Hot Tuna with bandmate, Jack Casady and they’ve been playing together ever since.

Now Jorma splits his time still being the old road warrior with Hot Tuna and with the responsibilities running Fur Peace Ranch guitar clinic/haven, where guitarists of all ilk come for a long weekend to learn, share and perform in the idyllic countryside of South Eastern Ohio.

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