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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 October 1939Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameGrace Barnett Wing
Nicknames The Acid Queen
The Chrome Nun
The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll
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 (3)

Often wore costumes on stage
Powerful supple contralto vocals
Shoulder-length brown hair

Trivia (28)

She was the lead singer for the rock groups Jefferson Airplane 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.
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".
The character Frankie Hart in American Pop (1981) was based partially on her and partially on her good friend Janis Joplin.
Aside from singing with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, she also sometimes played piano, keyboards, flute and recorder for the bands.
Her favorite books are "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass".
Her favorite bands are The Rolling Stones and 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.
Wrote in her book that she wakes up at 4:30 every morning.
Listens to music from the 1960s and 1970s, classic jazz and Spanish music.
Was good friends with Janis Joplin.
Has a younger brother named Chris, born September 1949.
Her middle name, Barnett, was also her mother's maiden name.
She gave birth to her daughter China Kantner 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 this jokingly to a religious delivery room nurse as she was filling out the birth certificate.
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".
Attended and graduated from Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California (1958).
Retired from the music business and has pursued a career as an artist.
Interests include art, philosophy, spirituality, sewing and writing.
Attended Finch College in New York City and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Sang lead and played guitar, bass, recorder, piano and organ for her first band The Great Society.
Is an accomplished artist (painting, drawing, sketching, sculpting and scratch board etching).
Along with Janis Joplin, she was one of the first female rock stars and an important figure in the directed change of rock music in the late 1960s.
Her distinctive vocal style and striking stage presence exerted influence on other female performers including Stevie Nicks and Patti Smith.
Has English, Norwegian and Swedish ancestry.

Personal Quotes (10)

[August 16, 1969, upon walking out on stage at Woodstock] 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!
Prancing around on stage is not the entire purpose of my life.
[late 1960s] We are the people that our parents warned us about.
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.
You can do jazz, classical, blues, opera, country until you're 50, but rap and rock-and-roll are really a way for young people to get that anger out. It's silly to perform a song that has no relevance to the present to express feelings that you no longer have.
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.
But we all do sort of the same thing and that's rearrange what you thought was real, and they remind you of the beauty of very simple things. You forget, because you're so busy going from A to Z, that there's 24 letters in between.
She's more even - [daughter China Kantner] - I think it jumps generations. You get a screwball in one, and then the next one is straight, then you get a screwball. My grandmother was goofy, my mother was straight.
[on the Monterey Pop Festival] It was the first time many of the bands have met and saw each other perform, so we were all really marveling at each other. It was just one good group of people after another. And different kinds of music -- from Jimi Hendrix to Ravi Shankar, The Mamas and the Papas to The Who. They had a backstage area where there was food being served 24 hours a day, so everybody was wandering around meeting each other. I was just amazing.
[on the Altamont Free Concert] The vibes were bad. Something was very peculiar, not particularly bad, just peculiar. It was that kind of hazy, abrasive and unsure day. I had expected the loving vibes of Woodstock but that wasn't coming at me. This was a whole different thing.

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