Peter Kaukonen

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Peter Kaukonen (born Benson Lee Kaukonen[1] on September 23, 1945) is an American guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the younger brother of Jorma Kaukonen from Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna. Peter Kaukonen has played, toured, and recorded with Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Johnny Winter, Link Wray, Terry Allen, Ruthann Friedman (author of "Windy"), as well as his own band, Black Kangaroo.[2]

He plays both acoustic and electric guitars; acoustic and electric bass, mandolin, bouzouki, lap steel guitar and piano. His influences are Chicago and delta blues, fingerpicking guitar, new-age styled acoustic music, rock and roll, jazz and classical music.

Kaukonen's songwriting spans 40 years—from early power trio songs written for Black Kangaroo and covered by Jefferson Airplane to instrumental compositions. He attended Stanford University.[3]


with Black Kangaroo
  • Black KangarooGrunt Records FTR-1006 (1972)
  • Black Kangaroo – Wounded Bird 106 (2007)
  • "Prisoner" / "Dynamo Snackbar" – Grunt Records single 65-0507 (1972)
  • "Up or Down" / "That's a Good Question" – Grunt Records single 65-0510 (1972)
  • Going Home – Veldt 1001 (2004)
  • Beyond Help – Veldt 1002 (2004)
  • The Archives 1976 - 2006 – Veldt 1003 (2006)
  • Traveller – Veldt 1004 (2007)
Guest Appearances


  1. ^ Kaukonen, Jorma (2018). Been So Long: My Life and Music. St. Martin's Press. p. 281. ISBN 1250125480.
  2. ^ Tamarakin, Jeff (2003). Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0671034030.
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