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Jefferson Airplane at The Woodstock '69 Festival
Grace Slick and J
ack Casady

Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane, Woodstock Festival 1969

 

 



Notable songs that Grace Slick recorded with Jefferson Airplane/Starship include "White Rabbit" (which she supposedly wrote in 30 minutes), "Somebody to Love", "We Built This City", "Lather," and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now". The songs "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit " appeared on Rolling Stone's top 500 greatest songs of all time. 

Like Joplin, Slick's uncompromising persona and powerful voice helped to open up new modes of expression for female performers, giving a new legitimacy to the role of the female lead singer in the male-dominated world of rock music.  She was friends with Janis, Jerry Garcia and Jim Morrison.  She has one daughter, born in 1971. China's father is former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner, with whom Grace had a relationship from 1969 through 1975.  She sarcastically told a hospital nurse to name the child "god" with a little "g"  causing anxt among the staff. 



Hear White Rabbit

hear "Somebody to Love" from Saturday Morning


Slick left Starship and rock 'n roll in 1988 at age 48 because she believed that old rock and rollers look ridiculous.

 Grace released her 1998 autobiography, " Grace Slick: Somebody to Love? A Rock and Roll Memoir" .  She was dubbed "The Chrome Nun" and had several minor run-ins with the law which she then translated into hit albums. For example, (1971) she was charged with driving under the influence after crashing her Mercedes into a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge while racing with Jorma Kaukonen. She suffered only a concussion, and later used the incident as the basis of her "Never Argue with a German if You're Tired or European Song", which appears on the "Bark" album. Slick had publicly acknowledged her alcoholism and commented on her use of LSD.

In 2006, Grace suffered from diverticulitis. After initial surgery, she had a relapse requiring further surgery and a tracheotomy. She was placed in an induced coma for two months and then had to learn to walk again.

 

 

 

 



Dancing on stage with Jefferson Airplane





 

 Jack Casady from Jefferson Airplane