Grace Slick

Grace Slick, in many ways, was the poster girl for substance abuse in the 1960’s. She developed the anthem of the time period, “White Rabbit” which may be be about the C.S. Lewis story, Alice in Wonderland, with heavy substance abuse suggestions. The anthem was responsible for catapulting Jefferson Airplane and Grace Slick to stardom. She admittedly abused in her teen years but her favorite drug was alcoholic beverages. Grace crashed her car into a wall close to the Golden Gate Bridge in 1971 doing 80 mph driving under the influence. She credits a lot of arrests to being drinking alcohol. At another point, she planned to slip LSD into the beverage of then President Nixon at a White House party. Slick spent time in rehabilitation in 1978 for alcohol addiction. Cleaned up in the 1980s, Slick continued to find a music career but never matched the success of Jefferson Airplane or Jefferson Starship. By the 1990s, Slick had headed away from rock and roll and turned her focus to art. During an interview with CNN, she refers to herself as a nonpracticing alcoholic – someone that doesn’t drink but is still an alcoholic.

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