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Grace Slick Writes Autobiography

September 7, 1998 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Decked out in black from her eyeliner to her platform sandals, a chain-smoking Grace Slick pondered the cosmos.

``Charles Manson has almost the same birth sign as me. He has about five signs in Scorpio and I have about four,″ the Jefferson Airplane singer told the San Francisco Chronicle.

``So I’m real close to being Charles. Except I can’t think of anybody I care enough about to kill. I’d rather keep them alive and torture them. Call them every morning at 4 a.m. for the rest of their lives,″ she said.

Slick, 58, spearheaded a psychedelic scene that grew from a San Francisco phenomenon into an international movement, then became one of the few 1960s stars to weather the ’70s by helping to transform the band into Jefferson Starship.

And she’s lived to tell the story in an autobiography, ``Somebody to Love?,″ published this month by Warner Books and written with friend Andrea Cagan.

The literary venture wasn’t exactly her idea, though.

``I didn’t want to write a book. They made me do it,″ she said.