At Golden Gate Park, 1967. Photo by Jim Marshall
Born: 30 October 1939, Evanston, Illinois
Born Grace Barnett Wing, her family lived in the Chicago area, Los Angeles, and San Francisco before settling at Palo Alto. She attended Palo Alto Senior High School, transferred to Castilleja High School, attended Finch College (New York) and the University of Miami at Coral Gables Florida. She modeled for I. Magnin before deciding that rock and roll paid better and was more fun. With first husband Gerald Slick she started The Great Society in 1965, the following year she joined Jefferson Airplane, bringing two of her songs with her: "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love". When Jefferson Airplane broke up, she produced four solo albums and joined some of her former band mates to create Jefferson Starship. She held the record for oldest female vocalist with a #1 song in the charts twice, with "We Built This City" in 1985 and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" in 1987, a record that lasted twelve years. After retiring from music she started drawing and painting, her agent urged her to paint portraits of some of her rock contemporaries for her autobiography. Her work is shown in numerous US galleries and she makes up to 30 appearances a year at art shows.
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Grace Slick quotes:
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- Alright friends, you have seen the heavy groups, now you will see morning maniac music. Believe me, yeah. It's a new dawn. permalink
Woodstock (16 August 1969)
- Feed your head means read a book. permalink
- I am not strict vegan, because I'm a hedonist pig. If I see a big chocolate cake that is made with eggs, I'll have it. permalink
- I didn't want to write a book. They made me do it. permalink
- I don't imagine my parents are too excited about my kind of life. The surrounding weirdness bothers them. Still, I think they're pretty good. Their lives are based on what their friends think, just like ours are. permalink
- I don't like old people on a rock and roll stage. Me included. permalink
- I don't miss anything about the 1960s, not really. I did it. It's like asking, 'Do you miss the fourth grade?' I loved the fourth grade when I was in it, but I don't want to do it again. permalink
- I smoke every minute that I'm awake and have since I was 15, It's so stupid; it doesn't even get me high. Which is just as well, I suppose. My mind's been altered enough. permalink
- I was always fascinated by the way he seemed to go from one side of his brain to the other, ignoring all the synapses in between. It was just like his lyric, 'break on through to the other side.' And beautiful? He looked like a rabid Johnny Depp, perfectly formed and possessed by abstraction. permalink
on Jim Morrison in Somebody to Love? (1998)
- I was appalled that the San Francisco ethic didn't mushroom and envelope the whole world into this loving community of acid freaks. I was very naive. permalink
- If I were gay, life would be a lot simpler. I'm kind of annoyed that I'm not. permalink
- If you remember the Sixties, you weren't there. permalink
- I'm busy communicating ideas.... I want you to know what I'm thinking. If you feel a connection, good. If you don't, fine. permalink
- I'm very fond of drugs. permalink
- In Germany I ingested the entire contents of the hotel mini-bar before a show and stuck my fingers in this guy's nostrils because I thought they would fit. permalink
Somebody to Love? (1998)
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