Grace Slick’s Regret About Jimi Hendrix

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While the rock world is famous for being a male-dominated scene, some female rock stars also appeared and redefined the role of women in American music. Grace Slick, who performed with Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship during the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, stood among the very first female singers. She acquired an important place in the history of rock music with her powerful voice and unconventional lyrics.

Although Slick enjoyed big commercial and critical success with her works during her tenures with three bands, her solo albums fell far short of the expected impact. The singer decided to retire from music in 1990 but continues to be active in drawing and painting as an art lover. While a life full of such exciting achievements as Grace Slick’s seems so fulfilling, the iconic rocker also has a few regrets that occupy her mind.

What Did Grace Slick Say About Jimi Hendrix?

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Though Grace Slick focused her attention on drawing and painting to amuse herself and as a distraction method to get through a difficult period in her personal life, it soon became an essential part of her life. Her paintings found a place for themselves in various books and album covers. The singer also painted portraits of some rock icons, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Jerry Garcia.

When asked about her portrait of Jimi Hendrix in a previous interview with Counterpunch in 2009, Grace Slick said she was thinking about him while drawing, yet she didn’t know him well either. She met him briefly but would prefer things to go differently back then.

The singer noted that she didn’t have too many regrets in her life but still disclosed two major ones. She regretted never sleeping with Jimi Hendrix and also never riding a horse. She also regretted not being able to hang out and drink with some famous names of her period. However, she called all of them minor regrets, which didn’t bother her much. She was glad that she didn’t have huge regrets.

When asked whether she was thinking about Jimi Hendrix while portraying, Grace Slick replied:

“A little bit, but I didn’t know him that well. I only met him briefly. I didn’t know Hendrix that well. So when people say, ‘When you get old, is there anything you regret not doing?’ Because I’ve always told young kids, ‘Go for it. Do everything. Try not to kill yourself, but do as much as you possibly can.’ Because it’s a drag to sit around when you’re old and think, ‘Ah, gee, I never went to France.’ Go to France. Life is very short; you’ve got to pack it all in there.

I wanted the kid, the job, the whole thing, so that’s what I did. The things I wish I did do that I did not do, were screw Jimi Hendrix, and ride a horse. Horseback riding seems neat to me; never done that. And I never hung out with, well, you’re much younger, but my age group, Richard Harris, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton, and Peter O’Toole, were a bunch of raconteurs. They were very good storytellers, and they were drunks.

I’m a drunk, so when I was in my twenties, I didn’t realize I could have my people call their people. You know, that kind of thing? I didn’t realize they’d probably think it was fun. And I regret not being able to hang out with them. But there aren’t too many regrets because I did pretty much what I wanted to do. So now, as an old person, I don’t have these huge regrets. Mine are fairly minor. They have to do with drinking and screwing, so that’s not all that important.”

It is almost impossible to find anyone who wouldn’t wish they’d done things differently when they look back on their lives, so it is no surprise that Grace Slick also had some regrets. She was glad she had nothing more regretful than not sleeping with a rock icon and not riding a horse.