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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 October 1939Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameGrace Barnett Wing
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Grace Slick was born on October 30, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Grace Barnett Wing. She was previously married to Skip Johnson and Jerry Slick.

Spouse (2)

Skip Johnson (29 November 1976 - 1994) (divorced)
Jerry Slick (26 August 1961 - 1971) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Often wore costumes on stage
Powerful supple contralto vocals

Trivia (32)

Mother of China Kantner
She was the main vocalist for the musical groups Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Jefferson Starship.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 (as a member of Jefferson Airplane).
She once revealed that she, along with Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman, once tried to attend a White House tea for graduates of Finch College, where Tricia Nixon once attended. While at the tea, Slick intended to sneak up next to President Richard Nixon and spike his tea with LSD.. The secret service recognized them and escorted them off the grounds before the attempt could be made.
Attended Finch College.
Ranked #20 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Her song with Jefferson Starship, "We Built This City" was #1 on VH1 and Blender Magazine's "50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs...Ever".
Is a vegetarian.
Aside from singing with Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Jefferson Starship, she also sometimes played piano, keyboards, and flute for the bands.
Plays the piano, guitar, flute and recorder.
One of her favorite books is Alice in Wonderland and two of her favorite bands are The Rolling Stones and The Gipsy Kings.
Had a long-term relationship with Jefferson Airplane bandmate Paul Kantner.
Has an affinity for all things Eastern and Spanish. Since she loves Spanish things so much, she feels she must have spent many lives in Spain, or in Southern California while it was under Spanish rule.
Has been writing songs, stories, poems and free verse since childhood.
Is an accomplished painter and illustrator.
Wrote in her book that she wakes up at 4:30 every morning.
Hobbies include writing, painting, drawing, reading, playing piano, sewing, crafts and studying biomedical research.
Listens to music from the 1960s and 1970s, classic jazz and Spanish music.
Was good friends with Janis Joplin.
Has a brother named Chris, born September 1949.
Her middle name, Barnett, was also her mother's maiden name.
Is of English and Norwegian heritage.
She gave birth to a daughter named China on January 25, 1971 in San Francisco. Contrary to popular belief, Slick never seriously intended to name her "God" or "god" with a lower-case g, she said it jokingly to a religious delivery room nurse as she was filling out the birth certificate.
Younger brother, Chris, born September 1949.
Was given the nickname "The Chrome Nun" by David Crosby. In fact, her nickname was used as part of the title of an album she made as a side project outside of Jefferson Airplane with bandmates Paul Kantner and David Freiberg entitled "Baron Von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun".
The character Frankie in American Pop (1981) was based on her and Janis Joplin.
Is an accomplished artist (painting, drawing, sketching, sculpting and scratch board etching).
Interests include art, philosophy, spirituality, sewing and writing.
Is of Norwegian and Swedish heritage on her father's side, and is of Irish/Scottish/English heritage on her mother's side.
Sang lead and played guitar, bass, recorder, piano and organ for her first band The Great Society.
Aside from singing with Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Jefferson Starship, she also sometimes played piano, keyboards and recorder for the bands.
Retired from the music business and is now pursuing a career as an artist. [March 2003]

Personal Quotes (4)

"Alright friends, you have seen the heavy groups, now you will see morning maniac music. Believe me, yeah. It's a new dawn. Good morning, people!" - upon walking out on stage at Woodstock, August 16, 1969.
We are the people that our parents warned us about. - late '60s
Prancing around on stage is not the entire purpose of my life.
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.

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