Darby Slick

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Darby Slick is an American guitarist and songwriter, best known as a member of The Great Society, and as the writer of the Jefferson Airplane song "Somebody to Love". In 1965 he co-founded The Great Society with Jerry Slick, Jenn Piersol, and Grace Slick (David Miner and Bard Du Pont would join shortly after). Darby performed lead guitar and occasionally performed backup vocals early on and less often towards the disbanding. He wrote some other songs for The Great Society, including "Free Advice" and "Darkly Smiles".

After Slick's time with the band he took an interest in Indian music. He took several trips to India to learn more about the genre. Slick published an autobiography in 1991 titled Don't You Want Somebody to Love detailing his time with the band and lessons while on trips to India.[1]


In addition to his work with The Great Society, in the 1990s Darby worked on an album with his son Jor Slick (Sandoland, Taxim Records) and a solo album (King of the Fretless Guitar (1998), Taxim Records).[2]


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Biography: Darby Slick". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.taxim.com Taxim Records site