Grace Slick Tried Dosing Nixon With 600mg of LSD, But Hung A Weed Flag Instead

By | April 15, 2020

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Left: The Yippie flag. Right: Grace Slick and Abbie Hoffman outside the White House on April 24, 1970. Sources: Wikimedia Commons, Flickr

Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane went to the White House in 1970 with a plan: slip President Richard Nixon a dose of LSD. Slick was a powerful woman in the San Francisco music scene and Woodstock-era counterculture; she was a hero to young people, and Nixon was not. His Vietnam policy, his strong anti-drug policies, and his general unpleasant back-to-the-'50s squareness all made Nixon anathema for the hippies who'd been in full revolt for the past few years. When Slick received an invitation to come to the White House, she saw an opportunity to strike a blow for peace, love and drugs.

Richard Nixon Didn't Invite Grace Slick To The White House

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Tricia Nixon in 1972. Souece: Wikimedia Commons.

Slick hadn't been invited to the White House by Richard Nixon -- it was Tricia Nixon, the President's daughter, who had sent an invitation to Slick, or at least to the singer's maiden name Grace Wing. Nixon and Slick had both attended Finch, a women's college in New York City, about ten years apart. Slick didn't graduate from Finch (and Finch no longer exists), and neither did Tricia Nixon, but the First Daughter nonetheless decided to throw a gathering for Finch alumnae.

"I got an invitation in the mail. 'Grace Wing, we cordially invite you to a tea... Tricia Nixon at the White House," Slick recalled. "And I thought, 'Oh yeah, I think Tricky Dick needs a little acid.'"