SAN FRANCISCO’S QUEEN OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLLKenny Wardell
If you are not in the age demographic that immediately knows the name Grace Slick, please let BAM introduce you to the undisputed “Queen of San Francisco Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Grace grew up in Palo Alto, California- just a stone’s throw from Stanford University. In 1967, she got her first break in music singing with a band that had the ironically political name “Great Society.” (Back in 1964-65, the Great Society was a set of domestic programs in the United States that had the main goal of elimination of poverty and racial injustice.) It was then that Grace’s first husband Darby Slick wrote the top five song “Somebody to Love” and Grace penned the epic song “White Rabbit.” Both of these songs became anthems to the budding counter culture of the time known as the “hippie generation.”
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At this point in Grace’s life, the San Francisco music scene was just beginning to explode. Rock impresario, Bill Graham had moved into the Fillmore Auditorium and Chet Helms was booking concerts at the Avalon Ballroom. The main floors at both of these venues had no chairs enabling the audiences to express themselves through free dancing and grooving to the music. The walls of each of the concerts halls were splashed with big production light shows that had liquid projections bouncing to the beat of the music. Psychedelics and marijuana were the refreshments of choice to take the whole scene in.
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