Psychedelic Stories Of Female Rock Icon Grace Slick

Jenna Goldberg | June 26, 2019 4:19 pm

Grace Slick is one of the most recognizable voices of 1960’s psychedelic rock. The lead singer for Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, Slick left her mark on ’60s and ’70s music history. She’s hailed alongside rockstars Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, and Janis Joplin as one of the most prolific female musicians of her time. Since she first appeared on the San Francisco music scene in her twenties, Slick was a force to be reckoned with– she never held back. Now 79-years-old, the rock icon has many stories to tell; including her biggest regret, why she doesn’t play music anymore, and what Slick never realized about herself, although everyone else did.

Music Was Her Escape Route from Life as a House Wife

Slick’s parents were both college educated, and her father held a job as an investment banker in San Francisco. However, after attending college herself and starting a career in modeling, Slick didn’t see herself following the life path that was expected of her. Living in the suburbs bored her, and with Haight-Ashbury just a stone’s throw away, she was ready to take the leap.

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Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images

She told The Wall Street Journal, “I was a product of ’50s America in Palo Alto, California, where women were housewives with short hair and everything was highly regulated. I went from the planned, bland ’50s to the world of being in a rock band without looking back.”