Global licensing agency Epic Rights continues to grow its roster of music artists and brands with the addition of Jefferson Airplane.
As pioneers of counter-culture psychedelic rock and the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success, Jefferson Airplane is the only band to have performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s–Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969). Their unique sound encouraged a generation to “feed your head.”
“Jefferson Airplane’s music set the tone for the social revolution that occurred throughout the 1960s,” says Dell Furano, chief executive officer, Epic Rights. “Their lyrics were provocative, challenging, political and the music they delivered was hypnotic. Grace Slick, the band’s lead singer, defined the new role of women in rock as equal in talent and intellect. The band’s album covers–‘Surrealistic Pillow,’ ‘After Bathing At Baxter's,’ ‘Crown of Creation’–were amazing works of art that continue to inspire artists, musicians and designers today, and we plan to capture the essence of the band to deliver a unique licensing program reminiscent of that era yet relevant for today’s consumers.”
As licensing agent for the band, Epic Rights will expand on the colorful look and feel of the ’60s rock brand, incorporating both the band’s album art and its photographic imagery into a broad range of consumer products and services to be released in conjunction with the band’s 50th anniversary in 2015. Among the planned products are apparel, accessories, home décor, stationery/paper goods, collectibles, gifts and novelty and publishing.
“Jefferson Airplane’s music continues to reach, impact and influence different generations of fans as the band approaches its 50th Anniversary celebration in 2015,” says Bill Thompson, manager, Jefferson Airplane. “We are very excited to embark on a top-quality merchandising program with Dell and his team at Epic Rights, and we know we will reach new highs in this next venture.”