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512-Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit.

1967-It did not chart in the UK until 1987 when reaching Number 94.

Best Bit-At 2.17. One of Grace Slick’s many memorable quotes is ‘All Rock ‘N Rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire’.

Grace Slick was born Grace Barnett Wing was born on October 30th, 1939, in Highland Park, Illinois, United States. Her career in music began in 1965 when she, and her husband Jerry Slick, his brother Darby Slick, and David Miner formed the Rock band ‘The Great Society’ in San Francisco.

In the autumn of 1966 Grace Slick was approached by Jack Casady of the band Jefferson Airplane who were on the lookout for a new singer as Signe Toly Anderson (1941-2016) had decided to leave to raise her child. With Slick on board they transformed from a Folk/Rock band in to Psychedelic outfit with the recording of the ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ Album in 1967. The Album contained the two top 10 Billboard singles ‘White Rabbit,’ and ‘Somebody to Love,’ which had both been originally recorded by The Great Society.In 1973 Jefferson Airship fragmented, as band members left, and the remaining musicians along with new members formed Jefferson Starship in 1974. After several more personal changes, and a lawsuit about who could use the bands name, a new group was set up in 1984, this time calling themselves ‘Starship.’ As lead singer of Starship Grace Slick sang on three Billboard Number 1 singles,’We Built This City,’ and ‘Sara’ in 1985, and ‘Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now,’ in 1987. Grace Slick officially retired from the music business in 1990, in compliance with her famous quote.

‘White Rabbit’ was written by Grace Slick in late 1965, and early 1966, the song is about drug use, and it attempts to get it’s point across by using imagery found in the novels of Lewis Carroll’s,’Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ written in 1865, and also it’s 1871 sequel ‘Through the Looking Glass.’ Slick has said the song was supposed to be a slap to parents who read their children such novels, and then wondered why their children later used drugs. Slick has also said, ‘The White Rabbit is about following your curiosity.’ In the 1960’s, in Slick’s social circle drugs were seen as part of everyday life, for both mind expansion, and social experimentation.

‘One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small, and the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all. Go ask Alice when she’s ten feet tall.’