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Grace Slick

Grace Slick, in many ways, became the image for substance use in the ‘60’s. She developed the song of the decade, “White Rabbit” which may be based on the C.S. Lewis story, Alice in Wonderland, featuring substance abuse references. The anthem was responsible for catapulting Jefferson Airplane and Grace Slick to stardom. She admits she used in her youth but her favorite substance is alcoholic beverages. Grace crashed her vehicle into a retaining wall close to the Golden Gate Bridge in 1971 doing 80 mph drunk drivingwhile under the influence. She gives credit to several arrests to being drunk. One time, Slick wanted to put LSD into a drink of then President Nixon at a White House party. Slick spent time in rehabilitation in 1978 for alcohol abuse. Sober since the 1980s, Slick continued to find a music career but never matched the success of Jefferson Airplane or Jefferson Starship. During the 1990s, Slick had headed away from rock and roll and focused on visual arts. During an interview with CNN, she labeled herself as a nonpracticing alcoholic – someone that doesn’t consume alcohol but remains an alcoholic.

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