Did her hair and make up AFTER she showed up for the photo shoot fully made up as a middle aged mom and housewife. Took it all off and made her look beautiful. She loved it. She's a pip. Everything we talked about I had to repeat because I swear she was tripping on acid.
Booze and interpersonal relationships, Queen Josh. She actually sang with the Aitplane straight on through until they disbanded in the 1970's. It was Jefferson Starship she kept walking out on.
The first female vocalist of the Airplane was another woman, Signe Anderson. She sang on only their first album, and then left to raise a family and Gracie was asked to join.
Having seen her perform a bunch of times in my youth, I have to say that her voice was twice as powerful live as it was recorded. It had to be-- those were the days when onstage monitors were pretty poor in a loud rock situation. But it was her onstage patter that blew away young and impressionable me. She swore like a sailor, drank and smoked like a truck driver, was sexually aggressive ahead of her time and made no bones about her drug intake... between songs, she would deliver these amazing stream-of-conciousness personal and political monologues that were a whole show unto themselves. And of course, she had this gorge brunette, ex-model, sorta ice princesss look... at a time when the "california Blonde" had just come into her own.
I saw a show recently on VH1 (of all places) about the freakest concert moments ever (ain't that a matter of opinion though!)and I forgot what number this came in at but there was a time in the 80s when Jefferson airplane became Jefferson Starship and then just Starship and they were performing in Germany and Grace went on a drunken rant about World War II saying stuff like "Who won the war?" and being, well, drunk and probably stoned as well. And the Germans hated this obviously and some booed and some got up a left. Talk about alienating your fan base, huh?
Its the White Rabbit song though that will probably live on for another thousand years. It became like an official anthem of the 'San Francisco Sound' of the late 1960's early '70's. A famous tell all book of the times was called 'Go Ask Alice' - the supposedly true story of a young girl's decent into rabid drug use and eventual death with all the stock depradations on the way down. The flick was done with such an ambivalent tone though that it never rose to the status of being counter-counter culturally effective. Starship was a little overblown with tunes like 'We Built This City' which was a kind of anti-yuppie top 40 radio hit whose own respectability drained its attitude of any credibility. That whole last stage of the band's career just pointed out how the non-conformist 60's revolution was never going to be anything but a pastiche when revamped for a culture hamstrung by the Reaganite era. Grace Slick was one of those not so rare personas of the times, a hippie rock chick who came off as actually dangerous and out of control. That breed virtually vanished until punk, and now, what's left, Kelly Clarkson?
i know it's sad isnt it? famous personalities are getting pretty bland these days. not everyone no--but the majority is all about physical glamour. here's hoping for a breakthrough in the near future. something unexpected and fabulous...
Yeah S'tan I had forgotten the simplicity and raw power of that voice. Very instructive. Two minutes is perfect for trippin through, no one would keep focussed on something longer than that. Besides which THOSE two minutes would warp out to a LSD hour anyway.
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