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Somebody to Love?

Lu par : Grace Slick
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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)16 9; 1998 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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"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
  • 17/11/2008

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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  • joseph
  • 07/05/2012

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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  • someone who likes dark fiction
  • 10/04/2012

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!

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  • linda
  • 13/02/2012

Like a visit

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

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  • Stacey Janzer
  • 01/02/2015

Love the book loved the audiobook

My favourite autobiography ever. I'm biased as she's an idol of mine. But I'm so happy to have found it in an audio version as well.

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  • Tami O'Bannon
  • 21/10/2019

Grace is awesome!

I bought this book many moons ago and have read it a couple of times. I couldn't resist buying the audio book since Grace reads it herself. She is hilarious and self-effacing and a great story teller. I highly recommend !

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  • robert keigher
  • 23/04/2019

A good one!

listened a lot of books recently, from Nash to Clapton, Simon to Garfunkel, this one is worth a listen. i can totally relate which is scary :)

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  • Jaclyn Shaw
  • 15/10/2016

unbridled wildness and freedom

the way that Grace speaks and writes is super creative and colorful. She reminds us all that there is no perfect cut story to any artist. I love her perception of the way that things went, and I feel like she's at peace with all of it. What a rollercoaster of a ride! Honesty humility is awesome, considering the amount of talent she has

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  • Pamela
  • 29/10/2011

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.

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  • Xtramiler Reader
  • 02/11/2018

waste of time

This had great potential but who would have expected Grace Slick to be so shallow? The end is pathetic platitudes that make it clear there wasn't much substance. to the writer. Rock and roll is so rich and scenic but you realize that not all icons have the ability to experience or describe it as some do.