Grace Slick

Grace Slick, in many ways, became the poster girl for drug use in the 1960’s. She penned the anthem of the decade, “White Rabbit” which may be linked to the C.S. Lewis story, Alice in Wonderland, featuring substance abuse overtones. The anthem was responsible for giving Jefferson Airplane and Grace Slick to fame. She admits she used in her teen years but her favorite substance was always alcohol. Grace smashed her vehicle into a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge in 1971 going 80 mph driving under the influence. She gives credit to many arrests to being intoxicated. At another point, Slick wanted to slip LSD into a drink of then President Nixon at a White House celebration. Slick spent time in rehab in 1978 for alcohol over use. Cleaned up in the 1980s, Slick chose to pursue a music career but never matched the success of Jefferson Airplane or Jefferson Starship. During the 1990s, Slick had left music and turned her focus to visual arts. During an interview with CNN, she refers to herself as a nonpracticing alcoholic – someone who doesn’t drink but continues to be an alcoholic.

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