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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.
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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.
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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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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