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Grace Slick

Grace Slick, in lots of ways, became the poster girl for drug abuse in the 1960’s. She penned the anthem of the decade, “White Rabbit” that is certainly loosely based upon on the C.S. Lewis story, Alice’s adventures in wonderland, with heavy drug overtones. The record ended up being responsible for catapulting Jefferson Airplane and Grace Slick to recognition. She undoubtedly experimented using illegal substances in her youth but her drug of preference was often alcohol. Grace rammed her automobile into a wall close to the Golden Gate Bridge in 1971 doing 80 miles per hour whilst under the influence. She credits many arrests to being inebriated. At a different stage, Slick intended to slip LSD into the beverage of then President Nixon at a White House affair. Slick spent time in rehab in 1978 for dependency on alcohol.

Cleaned up in the 1980s, Slick continued to pursue a music career but in no way equalled the achievements her time with Jefferson Airplane or Jefferson Starship, the group’s later name. By the 1990s, Slick had eventually left rock music in the past and converted her emphasis to visual arts. In an interview with CNN Entertainment, she alludes to herself as a nonpracticing alcoholic – someone who doesn’t drink but remains an alcoholic.

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