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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Writer
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Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing on October 30, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter, who was one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, and as a solo artist, for nearly three decades, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. Slick was an important figure in the 1960s psychedelic rock genre, and is known for her witty lyrics and powerful contralto vocals.
Grace Slick was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Ivan W. Wing (1907-1987, of Norwegian-Swedish extraction) and his wife, Virginia Barnett (1909-1983, a direct descendant of Mayflower passengers and of English, Irish, and Scottish descent). In 1949, a month before her tenth birthday, her brother Chris Wing was born. Her father was transferred several times when she was a child and, in addition to the Chicago area, she lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco before her family finally settled in Palo Alto, California, south of San Francisco, in the early 1950s. She attended Palo Alto Senior High School before switching to Castilleja High School, a private all-girls school in Palo Alto. Following graduation, she attended Finch College in New York from 1957 to 1958 and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, from 1958–1959.
Before entering the music scene, Slick was a model for I. Magnin for a short time in the early sixties.
Slick maintained a friendship with Janis Joplin that began early in her music career and lasted until Joplin`s death by drug overdose on October 4, 1970. She also had a friendship, as well as a one-time sexual relationship, with Jim Morrison. According to her biography, the sexual relationship occurred during their 1968 European tour, but no real romance was involved. Jeff Tamarkin`s Jefferson Airplane biography, however, does not mention such a relationship. She was also good friends with The Grateful Dead`s Jerry Garcia.
Slick was married twice, to cinematographer Gerald "Jerry" Slick from 1961 to 1971 and then to Skip Johnson, a Jefferson Starship lighting designer, from 1976 to 1994. She has one daughter, China Wing Kantner (born January 25, 1971). China`s father is former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner, with whom Grace had a relationship from 1969 through 1975. During her stay in the hospital after the baby`s birth, Grace sarcastically told one of the attending nurses (whom Grace found to be annoyingly sanctimonious) that she intended to name the child "god", with a lowercase "g", as she "wished for the child to be humble". The nurse took Grace seriously, and her reports of the incident caused both a minor stir and the birth of a rock-and-roll urban legend.
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Grace Barnett Wing
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Grace Barnett Slick (born October 30, 1939) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist, and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in San Francisco's burgeoning psychedelic music scene in the mid-1960s. Her music career spanned four decades. She performed with The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship. She also had a sporadic solo career. Slick provided vocals on a number of iconic songs, including "Somebody to Love", "White Rabbit", "We Built This City", and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now".
Palo Alto Senior High School, Palo Alto, CA, Castilleja High School, Palo Alto, CA
Finch College, New York, University of Miami, Florida
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1964–1990 (music), 1998–present (visual arts)
Music Genre (Text)
Psychedelic rock, Acid Rock, Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Pop
Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Bass, Oboe, Flute, Harmonica, Clarinet
Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, The Great Society
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Date of Birth 30 October 1939, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth Name Grace Barnett Wing
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)
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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.
Skip Johnson (29 November 1976 - 1994) (divorced)
Jerry Slick (26 August 1961 - 1971) (divorced)
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Often wore costumes on stage
Powerful supple contralto vocals
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.
Music Genre (Text)
acid rock, hard rock, blues rock, pop
keyboards, guitar, bass, oboe, flute, harmonica, clarinet
1964–1990, 1996, 2010 (music), 1998–2010 (visual arts)