Steven Van Zandt Explains Why Grace Slick Was One Of The Most Important Women In Rock

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On October 30, a social media account highlighted Grace Slick’s birthday, sharing a vintage photo of her. The caption credited her as a key figure in San Francisco’s psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and 1970s. Echoing this sentiment, Van Zandt responded:

“Happy Birthday, Grace! An instrumental woman in Rock’s history and a standout in the 1967 psychedelic ‘Summer Of Love.’ She gave us ‘White Rabbit,’ a song that encapsulated the transformative spirit of that era.”

Fans on the platform had varied reactions. Many showered praises, with comments like:

“She’s a powerhouse with incredible vocals and timeless tracks.”

Another added:

“Grace Slick, for me, stands tall among iconic female rock vocalists, even surpassing legends like Janis [Joplin] and Stevie [Nicks].”

However, some brought up Grace’s stance on age and retirement in the music scene. One user pointed out:

“Glad not everyone shared her viewpoint on rockers retiring by 50. Ever heard of ‘Hackney Diamonds?’ [Rolling Stones’ 2023 album]”

In 1990, after a Jefferson Airplane reunion, Grace Slick stepped back from the music world. She later expressed in a documentary:

“Any rock artist over 50 should bow out gracefully.”

This statement sparked debates, especially among rock enthusiasts. Clarifying her stance in a 2007 Musicoholics interview, she said:

“While genres like jazz, classical, and blues can be pursued for a lifetime, rock and rap are outlets for the youth to vent. Performing songs that no longer resonate with one’s current emotions seems inauthentic.”

Post-retirement, Grace kept a low profile, making only a handful of appearances, notably with Jefferson Starship in 1995 and 2001.

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