Tuesday’s Tune: Free Advice

The Great Society – hot in the 1960’s San Francisco scene and closely associated with the burgeoning Bay Area acid-rock scene, were best known as the original group of one of my personal favourites, Grace Slick. The initial line-up of the band also featured her then-husband Jerry Slick on drums, his brother Darby Slick on […]

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The Great Society – hot in the 1960’s San Francisco scene and closely associated with the burgeoning Bay Area acid-rock scene, were best known as the original group of one of my personal favourites, Grace Slick. The initial line-up of the band also featured her then-husband Jerry Slick on drums, his brother Darby Slick on guitar, David Miner on vocals and guitar, Bard DuPont on bass, and Peter van Gelder on flute, bass, and saxophone.

Opening for Jefferson Airplane, and with Columbia Records offering a recording contract, The Great Society had their musical-momentum.┬áBy the time the contract arrived in the mail, however, Grace had been spirited away by the Airplane. Grace took “Someone to Love” and her own composition, “White Rabbit”, one of Great Society’s live showcases, with her.

As both the visual and musical focal point, the band couldn’t survive without Grace Slick and fell apart in the fall of 1966. Grace and Jerry Slick also divorced around this time too. But – this song still rules nonetheless. ‘Free Advice’ is the first song off The Great Society’s first album ‘Born To Be Burned.’ Enjoy!