Tuesday 30 October 2018

Birthday Girl

Here's a fact to make you feel old: Grace Slick (of Jefferson Airplane/ Starship fame) is 79 today.
She retired from the music business nearly thirty years ago, with the wise words, 'All rock-and-rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire.' In a later interview, she expanded on this theme: 'You can do jazz, classical, blues, opera, country until you're 150, but rap and rock and roll are really ways for young people to get their anger out ... It's stilly to perform a song that has no relevance to the present or expresses feelings you no longer have.' If only more ageing rock-and-rollers knew when to give up.
Here's Grace in her prime, giving it some at Woodstock...


  1. You will have seen the obituaries a week or so ago for Marty Balin, who started Jefferson Airplane and came to resent Grace Slick.

    She is as you say unusual in knowing when to give up. Those who don't make for some amusing halftime shows at the Super Bowl.

  2. Yes Marty Balin seems to have fallen out of love with the whole business – and I'm sure Grace Slick was never the easiest person to get on with...