Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick and lyrics to White Rabbit
Jefferson Airplane - the Band
Jefferson Airplane performed at the Berkeley Folk Festival,
Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock,
and Altamont. They had hit singles White Rabbit and
Somebody to Love, from the album "Surrealistic Pillow".
They were on the cover of Life Magazine in 1968.
The band co- headlined with the Doors in Europe in the
summer of 1968. Many legendary bands opened for the Airplane:
Grateful Dead, Santana, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence
Clearwater Revival, The Who, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller,
and many others.
Jefferson Airplane was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 1996
Surrealistic Pillow is an album by American psychedelic
band Jefferson Airplane, released in February of 1967.
The album includes Jefferson Airplane's two best-known songs,
"White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love". Surrealistic Pillow
peaked at #3 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart, while
"Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" peaked at #5 and #8,
respectively, on the Pop Singles chart.
What is the song White Rabbit About?
Jefferson Airplane's fusion of folk-rock and psychedelia
was original at the time, though it spawned many imitators
within a few years. Surrealistic Pillow was perhaps the
first blockbuster psychedelic album, and helped define the
scene that the late 1960s became known for.
The song, about an LSD trip, includes several other
references to characters in Lewis Carroll's tale.
Grace Barnett Wing, better known by her married name,
Grace Slick (born 30 October 1939), was the lead singer with
the rock groups The Great Society, The Jefferson Airplane,
and The Jefferson Starship in the 1960s through the 1980s.
She was born in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of Ivan
W. Wing and his wife Virginia Barnett.
Her only daughter, China Wing Kantner (b. 1971, sometimes
known as China Slick Kantner), now a video personality,
was fathered by Paul Kantner, a Jefferson Airplane guitarist.
Grace married Gerald "Jerry" Slick, a cinematographer, and
Skip Johnson, a Jefferson Starship lighting designer.
Grace Slick, who left the Starship in 1988, is now retired
and enjoys painting, is an advocate for animal rights, and
also still enjoys working on music.
Lyrics to White Rabbit
One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
To call Alice
When she was just small
When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know
When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head
Remember what the doormouse said:
"Feed your head
Feed your head"
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