At an interview during last years San Francisco 40th Summer of Love concert, Kantner insisted that the Jefferson Starship and Airplane were never political bands, that politics were uninteresting, and the bands had for example never played political benefits. Obama will just have to settle for Weir. The playback did not show any tongue in cheek. If there was any irony, Kantner stayed deadpan. As I recall the Starship then played "Volunteers", about as political as a song can get. I guess he could have meant that mainstream politics were irrevelant.
So this year comes the "clarion call". It is not preachy, in your face, I-know-better-than-you-politics, like Neil Young's CSNY played last year. Jefferson Starship's politics are now almost implied, and seem independent of political movements. The San Francisco alternate quantum universe. Folk music is used to conjure up another time and ideal vision. Kantner picks a Nicaraguan Sandinista song; oh-oh, "Impeach the President" bile? No. The song instead tells of a dissident who Christ-like forgave his torturer and even subsequently employed him. Compare Springsteen who tried his hand at folk music recently, but no message came through. He just tried to sound authentic.
A while back, Bear Family came out with a 10 cd set called Songs for Political Action, which collected politically oriented songs, many connectable to Folk Music. Jefferson Starship's new cd updates this theme. The reputation of the Weavers was such that anything they sang, even the most innocent love song texts, seemed to be an implied political message.
It is surprising how conservative and hung-up so many listeners are. If the current group lacks this or this person, or if the musicians are over a certain age, the cd cannot be so good. All these pre-judgements restrict listener's ability to listen clearly and take in. Free yourself, fellows, and take this cd in because it is good for you and you will like it.