Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane Diva, Recalls SF’s Summer Of Love

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Grace Slick was the queen of rock. She and the Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” – the anthem of the acid rock era. That’s a notion Slick says “sounds weird.”

“Weird” to the now 73-year-old Grace Slick because it still surprises her how big the song became. Her inspiration for “White Rabbit” was “Alice in Wonderland” and composer Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” which is a Spanish march.

“It isn’t even rock ‘n’ roll,” she says. “And when RCA made a single out of it I thought that’s just amazing. And the thing sold and I thought ‘wow’ there’s a lot more screwballs than I thought there were.”

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Slick now lives a quiet life in Malibu. A medical condition causes pain if she stands longer than 10 minutes at a time.

So she paints – white rabbits, of course. It’s a long way…

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