Sunday, February 22, 2009

Reader's Diary #457- Grace Slick (with Andrea Cagan): Somebody To Love


I find it hard enough to pull myself away from a bargain bin, but when I'm confronted by a free pile, there's no telling what junk I'll be hauling home. There's always something salvageable underneath The NWT Forestry Policy 1966-1967 and The Atkins Diet Cookbook.

Voila une Grace Slick autobiography.

I was never big on Jefferson Airplane. I had one of their greatest hits cds once upon a time, and I salvaged four or five songs from it as mp3s, but they're not a band I ever went gaga for. Still, most of us have heard about Slick's excesses and she seemed to be the stereotypical 60s rocker, so I thought it might be interesting to indulge a little.

What was I thinking? Why would a stereotype be interesting? With all due respect for Slick, all her talk of individuality is a bit of a joke. Except for getting some names wrong, and maybe throwing in a traumatic childhood event (Slick's was trauma free), I could have written her biography with almost no research. Basically she fit into what ever decade she was living in and did whatever it is aging rockstars do. She takes a lot of drugs and performs at Woodstock in the 60s. She takes a lot of drugs and buys a lot of things in the 70s. She goes to rehab and sells out in the 80s. She takes on animal rights causes in the 90s. Haven't we seen this a thousand times already?

Add to that a LOT OF UNNECESSARY CAPS, the F word in ample doses, and lame jokes, and it all made for a rather annoying read. Damned freebie.

5 comments:

Dale said...

The book should have come with at least one pill.

Wanda said...

Perhaps you should have gone for the cookbook...

John Mutford said...

Dale: Now that's marketing.

Wanda: Wait a sec. It was a diet cookbook. Are you hinting at something?

Framed said...

So far, the comments have been more entertaining than it sounds like the book was. I guess there's a reason why someone was giving it away.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I would have liked to see Grace Slick write that Forestry Policy book. That could have been a hoot.