Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder and Guitarist, Dead at 76

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Marty Balin, co-founder, co-vocalist and guitarist of legendary psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died at the age of 76. His death was confirmed by his representative, though no cause of death was given.

Born Martyn Jerel Buchwald, Balin was already a mainstay of the San Francisco scene—he released a couple of unsuccessful singles as a solo folk singer and owned the city's Matrix nightclub—when he teamed up with guitarist Paul Katner after meeting him at a hootenanny.  

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.