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Somebody to Love?: a Rock and Roll Memoir Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1999
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"CANDID, UNPRETENTIOUS...REFRESHINGLY IRREVERENT...A CAUSTIC CANDOR MAKES HER BOOK MILES MORE APPEALING THAN THE STANDARD ROCKER'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY".
-- Entertainment Weekly
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She was the original "great rock diva", the lead singer of Jefferson Airplane who stood at the forefront of the sixties and seventies counterculture and belted out classics like "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love". Now, in her own inimitable voice, Grace Slick offers a revealing self-portrait of the complex woman behind the rock-outlaw image, and delivers a behind-the-scenes, no-holds-barred view of rock's grandest stages. Wildly funny, candid, and evocative, SOMEBODY TO LOVE? tells what it was really like during, and after, the Summer of Love -- and how one remarkable woman survived it all.
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This book is a gentle retelling of her life - in her own words, from the early "posh" middle-class well-behaved young lady, through the turbulent years of the 60's, to the 1990s when she has retired and is more concerned with the welfare of rabbits than singing about them...
Lots of detail of lovers and arrests and friends and tours and lunatic behaviour.
But... what about the music? There is very little about how she felt singing and playing on stage (or in rehersal) with the Airplane. Surely one of the most accomplished bands on the planet, with an astonishing sound (just listen to Casady's megalithic bass-lines, or Kaukonen startling lead guitar - and what about the telepathic harmony sound between Kantner and Slick) - would generate some kind of comment? As some one who has played in a band, and who knows that when it clicks, the music transcends simple playing along and becomes something bigger than the sum of its parts - and takes on a life of its own... I would have loved to know how it felt like to be with the Airplane.
But 5 stars anyway - this IS Grace Slick after all. I hope she is still able to "feed her head" now and again... even if only with glorious memories.
The beautiful, extrovert Slick was invited to join Jefferson Airplane after replacing the band's original lead singer. Grace brought both "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" to the already popular group's hit list and the rest is history. She recalls her drug-dazed and alcoholic-soaked performances, as well as her relationships with rock and roll royalty such as Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby Stills & Nash. She provides an intimate time capsule into the Triple Crown of rock and roll festivals -- Woodstock, Monterey Pop and Altamont (Airplane is the only rock band to play at all three).
Fear not, her autobiography also chronicles her many lovers, including the sexual escapades with her bandmates (she bedded all except one); her long-term relationship with Paul Kantner and the legendary one nighter with Jim Morrison ("It was like making love to a floating art form with eyes.").
Grace, who has had nearly as many arrests as paramours, discusses her penchant for sassing cops, and her aborted visit to the Nixon White House with Abbie Hoffman (they intended to spike the President's tea with LSD). Fans of the Airplane's music will learn of the behind-the-scenes rivalries and friendships, and of their eventual transformation from rebellious rockers to mainstream pop stars when they evolved into the '80s hit group Jefferson Starship.
A compelling, very entertaining and at times hilarious read. I warmly recommended this book to rock and roll fans everywhere!
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