Jefferson Airplane: The Official Website > Grace Slick
, to the public mind, is synonymous with Jefferson Airplane
and Jefferson Starship in the way that Mick Jagger is synonymous with the Rolling Stones.
Ironically, Grace was not an original member of the band, nor was she with Starship at the very end.
But Grace's importance to every phase of the band cannot be underestimated.
White Rabbit, which she
wrote, helped define not only Jefferson Airplane
but also the acid rock era.
unconventional vocals on Somebody to Love gave the Airplane
its biggest hit.
As one of the first female rock stars (as opposed to pop singers), Grace
helped redefine women's role in modern music as more than just a sex symbol backed by a band.
Of course, with her
statuesque beauty and icy blue eyes, Grace
had the sex symbol bit down pat as well.
quickly emerged as an icon of the psychedelic scene that followed.
always downplayed her
own significance in the press, suggesting that she
got the most attention because she
was the only woman in the band.
But such comments disregard Grace's obvious talents and extroverted personality.
would literally say and do anything.
While appearing on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968, she
wore blackface and raised her
fist in a Black Panther salute.
During one rainy outdoors concert, she
performed topless rather than getting her
On another occasion, she
drunkenly referred to a wealthy audience as "filthy jewels" (a comment misheard by some as "filthy Jews").
felt an immediate connection with Spencer, since they were both initially "outsiders.
Though they never married, Grace
decided that she
wanted to have Paul's child.
Their daughter, China, was born on January 25, 1971. (In typical Grace fashion, she
initially told the press that she
was going to name the child "god.")
later said that, had they been allowed in, they had planned to spike Nixon's tea with LSD.
But as the Airplane
began to disintegrate in the early '70s, Grace
coped with it and the pressures of motherhood by drinking.
On May 13, 1971, a mere four months after becoming a mother, Grace
was involved in a near-fatal drunk driving accident.
After an all-night recording session, she
drag-raced their sports cars near the Golden Gate Bridge.
lost control and crashed into a retaining wall.
escaped with only serious concussions.
According to Grace
had wandered on stage without her
glasses during an argument between the police and the band's road manager.
Seeking to steady herself, she
grabbed onto a policeman's uniform.
responded by macing her
n early 1974, Grace
first solo album, Manhole.
During that same period, Grace
agreed to form a new band with Paul, Jefferson Starship.
To Marty's consternation, Grace
continued to command the public's attention, albeit in the form of controversial behavior.
In 1978, Grace
was dragged off the stage of a local San Francisco game show after abusing contestants.
In the meantime, Grace had found a new love in the form of lighting director Skip Johnson.
Over the years, Grace
has been the subject of two biographies.
In the years since her
has turned to another creative endeavor - painting.
, whose shoulder-length hair is now completely white (she had been dyeing it since her
mid-20s), it's a chance to create something that doesn't involve her