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Somebody to Love? | [Grace Slick]

Somebody to Love?

Discover what it was really like during, and after, the summer of love - and how one remarkable woman survived it all to remain today as vibrant and rebellious as ever. Grace Slick was the original "great rock diva." As the lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, which produced the classics "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love," she was at the forefront of the '60s and '70s counterculture. Now, in her inimitable voice, she offers a revealing portrait of the complex woman behind the rock-outlaw image, and delivers a behind-the-scenes view of rock's grandest stages.
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Publisher's Summary

Discover what it was really like during, and after, the summer of love - and how one remarkable woman survived it all to remain today as vibrant and rebellious as ever. Grace Slick was the original "great rock diva." As the lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, which produced the classics "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love," she was at the forefront of the '60s and '70s counterculture. Now, in her inimitable voice, she offers a revealing portrait of the complex woman behind the rock-outlaw image, and delivers a behind-the-scenes view of rock's grandest stages.

©1998 Grace Slick; (P) and ©1998 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Grace has finally lifted up her skirt and given us a view you won't soon forget." (Danny Sugerman, No One Here Gets Out Alive)
"I always loved Slick's talent...I didn't know I loved her wisdom and humor as well." (Olivia Goldsmith, The First Wives Club)

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    sparkerart 11-17-08
    sparkerart 11-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Abridged books - Ugh! Not enough detail!"

    First of all, abridged versions of books - and especially abridged versions of celebrity autobiographys - should be avoided at all cost. As is the case here, what you get is a jumpy, choppy narrative where huge chunks are missing. And since most of us listening to this will have at least a passing familiarity with Grace Slick, you'll find yourself saying "Wait a minute - what about...?" It's a bit difficult to judge this, because we don't know what Slick herself left out and what is being left out simply because it's the "abridged" version.

    That being said, Slick's reading is rather flat and dull, and I found her constant unapologetic (even at age 60-something) ramblings about her childish antics a bit silly. She's definitely a rebel without a cause, unless you count shocking people simply for the sake of shocking them a "cause." Yawn. At least some of the other hippies of the time where trying to shock people into doing something about ending the Vietnam War, not just hoping to get a reaction by using the F-word and wearing silly, inappropriate getups.

    There are some definite gems here, such as her account of her one-nighter with Jim Morrison and her plan with Abbie Hoffman to dose Richard Nixon with LSD at a White House tea (!) but I definitely found myself wanting more. And there is very little about her daughter (again, the fault of Slick or the abridged version?), which I was interested in: how does the daughter of Grace Slick rebel? By becoming a Republican debutant? We'll never know, unless it's in the unabridged book.

    All in all, if you're interested in this period in musical history (and it is fascinating), I recommend reading David Crosby's autobiography "Long Time Gone" and the book "Hotel California" (neither, sadly, available on audiobook) or listening to "Laurel Canyon" (available on Audible). Much more satisfying.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    joseph TULLY, NY, United States 05-07-12
    joseph TULLY, NY, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

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    "humour and self awareness a wonderful mixture"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes because of the authors honest self awareness


    What did you like best about this story?

    timing and pace


    What about Grace Slick’s performance did you like?

    her spoken voice is elegantly companionable


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    someone who likes dark fiction 04-10-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Grace Slick is Still Cool"
    What did you love best about Somebody to Love??

    The straight forward, realistic delivery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Somebody to Love??

    When Grace Slick told stories regarding her resentment toward cops getting into her business. I can relate. I couldn't keep my mouth shut, as a young man, much like her.


    What about Grace Slick’s performance did you like?

    Her enthusiasm for her life experiences and her book came through in an exciting way.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One Slick life Grace!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    linda land o lakes, FL, United States 02-13-12
    linda land o lakes, FL, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Like a visit"

    I loved this book I felt like I was hanging out with Grace .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rock Chalk 11-28-14
    Rock Chalk 11-28-14

    Go Jayhawks!

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    "Absolutely crazy."
    What disappointed you about Somebody to Love??

    The attitude of the main character is what disappointed me. For instance, if she were to read this review, I would expect her to say something like "what do I care about this ass of a review? He's probably a jerk." Of course I have no way of knowing what she actually would say but of all the rock stars of my generation, Grace Slick was once the one I would have loved to interview and spend time with - but now hearing her read her own life, I put her last on my list of people to get to know. Although there is some interesting history that I was able to enjoy from this book, I actually love to get my money back.


    Has Somebody to Love? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I really don't want to know much more about Grace.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She just grated on my nerves. Grace is watching Roseanne Barr sing the Star Spangled Banner.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I quit listening to this and asked for my money back. She can dish it out but can she take it?


    Any additional comments?

    God, just let me forget this book as soon as possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10-29-11
    10-29-11
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    "bad girl not so bad just not very well informed"

    It has a nice middle but the 3rd part does not make any sense.I like the bits about her
    young girlhood and early band days because they felt really real.
    I am not judging her life choices , they are often interesting from a backstory point of view
    but there is no sense of grace( no pun intended) or self compassion, in her voice and writing ..
    No reflection about people that adds up . It is more like a postcard from
    her subconcious.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Madeline
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    "Don't bother"

    I don't listen to or read celebrity autobiographies - maybe if I did I wouldn't have been surprised by this. As someone who spent her late teens and early twenties with the Airplane and the Dead playing constantly, I looked forward to some insights from Grace Slick into that exotic, fast moving and drug loaded time and into Grace herself. There were none. It is a very short listen (the only version is the abridged one - probably for good reason) and it is very thin and superficial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rima
    Dunoon, Argyll, United Kingdom
    2/15/11
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    "Oh, Grace!"

    Grace Slick lays it all on the line with an honest look back at her life and career through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. This isn't just another 60s music scene survivor tell-all. It is a fabulous piece of great story telling. You'll find it delightfully uplifting and lighthearted, too.

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