Somebody to Love?

  • by Grace Slick
  • Narrated by Grace Slick
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.

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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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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.
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- sparkerart

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


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- joseph "GraphZi"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio