The stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in print in this new edition that includes an afterword on the author's last 15 years of adventures. As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa. As a member of the GTO's, a girl group masterminded by Frank Zappa, she was in the thick of the most revolutionary renaissance in the history of modern popular music. Warm, witty, and sexy, this kiss-and-tellall stands out as the perfect chronicle of one of rock 'n' roll's most thrilling eras.
Topics: Counterculture, Drugs, United States of America, Hollywood, 1960s, 1970s, Creative Nonfiction, Nostalgic, Rock 'n' Roll, Sex, Musicians, Adultery, and Wry
Published: Chicago Review Press an imprint of Independent Publishers Group on Oct 28, 2005
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Pamela DesBarres somehow managed to live out every rock'n'roll fangirls'(and some fanboys') dream in the sixties and seventies. She kisses and more and tells all in an engaging gossipy way, and I mean gossipy in the best possible sense--scandalously fun. Oh that I were born earlier and carefree enough to live for the moment, and the rock stars of the moment, as DesBarres did...more
At first I thought this book sounded really exciting but once I started to get down to the meat and potatos I was a little dissapointed. I've only gotten through a 3rd of the book and I don't even feel like finishing it. I wanted to get to know the character and not so much about who she is screwing or hanging out with thats "hip". Maybe I'm just dissaponted because I thought hippies were cooler than that.more
wow this book was a good read. Im not sure why Pamela feels so good about the way she lived in the 60's and 70's. She called it free love I call it being used. Thats my feelings anyway! It was great to read about all the famous people and their habits.more
If you enjoy plenty of sex, drugs and rock & roll, then possibly it would be to your liking. I consider this book one of those "guilty pleasure" reads. Total brain candy - filling, but with no lasting nutrient value, yet pleasing all the same. You'll either hate it or love it - probably not much in between. I sometimes like gossipy books about celebrities and rock stars and this has both of each. I read it a long time ago (when I was very young and impressionable), but from what I remember there is a lot about Mick Jagger, Keith Moon and even more of Jimmy Page of the late 60's and early 70's. You know free sex and love with a lot of backstage high jinks. Des Barres is a saucy piece of baggage who not only reveals, but "brags" of her sexual conquests...*GRINS*. From what I understand she is one of the most famous groupies of all time, but that might be because of her revealing bestselling book. I never heard of her before I read her racy memoirs.more
Love the book and love Pam. She made me want to run away with the band, made me love music again, she made me text 'When you're in a band, can I be your number 1 groupie?' She made me move to London and enjoy my life again. Plus it's a great gossipy mesh of 60's music stars and music.more
Okay, I admit it. I've read this book multiple times. I have it in hardback as well as paperback and will probably wear them all out. Des Barres's memories are fascinating; it's so much fun to read about her dalliances with Jimmy Page (especially, since I'm a huge Page fan), Jim Morrison, Don Johnson, et al. She makes it all sound like so much fun, you wish you'd been there with her. Love it.more
I grew up in the 70's, about a decade behind Ms. Des Barres, and found her book to not only be a sincere look at her emotional journey, but a fascinating perspective on the music scene during a time when I was still pretty much in elementary school.Miss Pamela's writing style kept me interested and entertained, while her journal notes added insights into the workings of her mind and heart during this long and winding odyssey. A fun read, but with more depth than I expected.more
I picked it up because I'm a Jimmy Page freak, but I kept reading because of the laugh-out-loud funny bits. The author has a charming writing style, though some may not like the coarse subject matter. Besides the sex tell-all aspect, this book is a fascinating look at the L.A. music scene in the 60's/70's and many influential people that the author got to meet.more
Not too good to me. You might like it if you want to know how good musicians or Don Johnson are in bed.more
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