Grace Slick

Musician + Writer and Painter
Born Oct 30, 1939

Grace Slick is an American singer, songwriter, and former model, well known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, as well as for her work as a solo artist, for nearly three decades, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. Slick was an important figure in the 1960s psychedelic rock movement, and is known for her witty lyrics and powerful contralto vocals.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Grace Slick.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Grace Slick.


1939 Birth Born on October 30, 1939.
1949 9 Years Old In 1949, her brother Chris was born. … Read More


1957 17 Years Old Wing attended Palo Alto Senior High School before switching to Castilleja High School, a private all-girls school in Palo Alto. Following graduation, she attended Finch College in New York City from 1957 to 1958, and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, from 1958 to 1959.


1961 21 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 26, 1961, Wing married Gerald "Jerry" Slick, an aspiring filmmaker, and after the couple briefly moved away from San Francisco, Grace Slick worked as a model at an I. … Read More
1965 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 1965, Slick read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle pertaining to the newly formed Jefferson Airplane. … Read More
1968 28 Years Old In 1968, Slick performed "Crown of Creation" on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in blackface and ended the performance with a Black Panther fist.
1969 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In an appearance on a 1969 episode of the Dick Cavett Show, she became the first person to say "motherfucker" on live television during a performance of "We Can Be Together". … Read More


1981 41 Years Old …  She was nominated for a Grammy award in 1981 as Best Rock Female Vocalist for her solo album Dreams. … Read More
1988 48 Years Old …  She left the group again in 1988, shortly after the release of No Protection.
1989 49 Years Old In 1989, Slick and her former Jefferson Airplane band members reformed the group, released a reunion album, and made a successful tour. … Read More


1994 54 Years Old The singer was also reportedly arrested in 1994 for assault with a deadly weapon after pointing an unloaded gun at a police officer. … Read More
1995 55 Years Old Despite her retirement, Slick has appeared twice with Kantner's revamped version of Jefferson Starship; the first came in 1995 when the band played at Los Angeles's House of Blues, as documented on the live album Deep Space/Virgin Sky. … Read More
1996 56 Years Old She has generally refrained from engaging in the music business, although she did perform on "Knock Me Out", a track from In Flight, the 1996 solo debut from former 4 Non Blondes singer, and friend of daughter China, Linda Perry. … Read More


2001 61 Years Old In a 2001 USA Today article, Slick said, "I'm in good health and people want to know what I do to be this way... … Read More
In 2006, Slick suffered from diverticulitis. … Read More
2007 67 Years Old In a 2007 interview, she repeated her belief that, "You can do jazz, classical, blues, opera, country until you're 150, but rap and rock and roll are really a way for young people to get that anger out," and, "It's silly to perform a song that has no relevance to the present or expresses feelings you no longer have."
2010 70 Years Old In 2010, Slick co-wrote Edge of Madness with singer Michelle Mangione to raise money for remediation efforts following the BP Oil Spill. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.