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I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie Paperback – October 28, 2005
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"She charms me every time she refuses to regret. And she regrets nothing." —Los Angeles Times
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Best of all is her command of language. She loved rock stars for almost 20 years, and she changes her tone to fit the era and the rock star she's obsessing over. I also lent mine and never got it back, so I can't refer to it, but she first loved from afar someone like Paul Anka because he was "a dream date"; 60s conquests like Gram Parsons were "groovy and spiritual"; Jimmy Page had "dark, chilling powers" (and whips in his suitcase). The scene where she finally gets Mick Jagger and all she can do it flash back to masturbating to Stones records is a gem.
The book is gossipy, smart, self-aware, and refreshingly unapologetic about sexual behavior that most of the world still reviles. [...]
Pamela Des Barres claims she was "the original groupie" back in the late 1960s/early 1970s. I have to say, if that is true, I had a completely different idea of what a "groupie" was than apparently is the case. I thought a groupie was someone who followed and/or slept with rock stars because they enjoyed being close to fame, but they chose who they followed and who they slept with, and it was mostly about the conquest - not about trying to find true love. Pamela, however, basically falls in love with more or less every rock star she meets, and in addition to sleeping with them, she does things like make them clothes, cook for them, do their laundry, etc. Like a maid or nanny that also provides sexual services. The entire book is one anecdote after another about how she met this famous person, was fascinated by them, slept with them, fell completely in love with them, and got her heart broken. Over and over and over. She fixated on these famous men to the point of creepy-stalkerish behavior (the stuff about her relentless, unrequited pursuit of Marlon Brando was really embarrassing. He finally had to tell her to leave him alone and look for answers inside herself - the problem is, I don't think there WERE any answers there).Read more ›
Des Barres' book left me with a similar feeling of the blahs: some books make it seem like there was more to the 1960s-70s rock culture than previously realized. This book makes one feel like there was a lot less.
I picked up the book hoping that it would bring the sights, sounds, and philosophy of a unique time back to life. It didn't. Despite having had dalliances with titanic figures ranging from Mick Jagger to Jimmy Page to Gram Parsons to Don Johnson, the author conveys very little of their artistry. In fact, she rarely tries to discuss or describe their music at all: passages on what makes a Mick Jagger or a Jim Morrison sexy sound as though they could have been written about any high school bad boy, musician or no.
And indeed, that adolescent attitude pervades this book. The book begins with the author entering a boy-crazy period in high school, and is related largely through excerpts from her diary, replete with CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation marks(!!!!!!) about how COOL this guy is and how WHEN HE KISSED ME I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO FAINT!! Blecch. Most of the remainder of the book has a similar tone, merely transplanted to a larger stage.Read more ›
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Usually this book reads like it was written by a star-eyed teeny-bopper, which it was. Miss Pamela wrote it from chronicles she started when she was in high school. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ol' Huck
Enjoyed reading this book. Although, it makes me feel sad for Pamela DesBarres still chasing musicians to this day. Definitely worth the read though!Published 1 month ago by N.M.
This book gives good insight in the lives of groupies back in the 60s and 70s. She mentions a lot of different famous musicians and it's an interesting point of view.Published 1 month ago by Laryssa
I wouldn't want anyone I know to be a groupie but Des Barres writes with so much starry-eyed deluded charm that this was enjoyable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ingles
I noticed one reviewer commented that Pamela Des Barres wasn't a feminist because she did not have a steady career. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edie
This book has a very immature writing style from front to back. Understand that portions are excerpts from a diary kept as a young woman, but her "current" additions seem... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kristen
Fast service. Book is a definite reprint - lousy quality pictures, no index, etc.Published 2 months ago by Vinyl Man