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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556527896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556527890
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A groupie is to a rock band as Mary Magdalene was to Jesus, asserts L.A. rock author Des Barres (I'm with the Band) in this eager, self-congratulatory attempt to rehabilitate the term groupie through two dozen fun and well-documented examples of rock muses since the 1960s. Des Barres steers her interviewees to underscore their important role in making their rock star boyfriends look good and play well, such as Tura Satana, given the dubious title Miss Japan Beautiful, who met awkward young Elvis Presley on the burlesque circuit in the mid-'50s and taught him his shimmying moves. Des Barres recalls her groupie rivals back in the day, including Patti D'Arbanville, Bebe Buell, Lori Lightning and Catherine James. Cynthia Plaster Caster, the Rodin of Rock, shares her descriptions of her plaster replicas of rock stars' penises (including that of Jimmy Hendrix), while Dee Dee Keel spills tales of her oral exploits for British rockers with deplorable bathing habits, and male groupie Pleather relays Courtney Love's shaky self-esteem. In the end, it's all about the music, or as Pleasant Gehman sums it up blithely in this breathlessly gossipy scrapbook: Being a groupie is like worshipping at the church of rock and roll—and you are the high priestess.
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Des Barres' popular first book, I'm with the Band (1988), cemented her reputation as a pioneering groupie. Here she interviews 24 other women, including Gail Zappa, Bebe Buell, and Cherry Vanilla, similarly enamored of rock musicians, although the give-and-take between Des Barres and her interviewees often reads more like old friends trading war stories. And there are certainly plenty of stories to go around, with juicy details on the sexual habits of Jimmy Page, Cat Stevens, and Mick Jagger; for the younger set, there are some eye-opening revelations about the likes of Kurt Cobain and J. D. Fortune. Des Barres can sometimes throw a wet blanket on the proceedings with her rather heavy-handed and oft-repeated explication of groupies as "muses" (whatever). And there are a few queasy moments, as when a mother and daughter trade raunchy anecdotes. For the most part, though, these women, especially Cynthia Plaster Caster and Cassandra Peterson (who later became famous as the horror-film maven Elvira), share their unabashed enjoyment of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in spirited fashion. Wilkinson, Joanne
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Customer Reviews

And by the way, in no way was Jane Asher a "groupie"!
Miss Pamela I have responsibilities things to do, but I have to find out about how these amazing women got close to these music gods.
suzanne dwyer
Still this book is a fun and interesting look into the rock and roll scene and Pamela does a good job of telling it.

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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on July 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Let's Spend the Night Together is your armchair backstage pass to some of the biggest names in rock n' roll, from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain. The book consists of two dozen first-person confessions from the girls who romanced the stars. These aren't cheap women looking for a thrill; women like Gail Zappa (wife of Frank) and Tura Satana (one-time fiancée of Elvis Presley) reveal the man behind the stage persona. Satura gave Elvis dancing lessons early in his career, and Zappa loved Frank despite his repeated dalliances with groupies. More legendary groupies like Cynthia Plaster Caster and Sweet Connie (of "We're An American Band" fame) also contributed chapters on their long lists of personal conquests.

Pamela Des Barres is the natural choice for editing this collection--she wrote the groupie gold-standard tell-all I'm With the Band in 1987. The 24 confessions are scandalously entertaining, but the quality of the writers' perspective varies. Some women truly loved their paramours, others were out to carve notches in the belts, and still others manage to take an intellectual look at their experience. Des Barres appears to be riding the wave of groupie fame, but to cover that up, she waxes poetic about how groupies were muses and no longer suffer the negative connotations they used to. It's an up and down collection, and the reader can't help but notice that some women where just used by the bands (and not for artistic inspiration). Any rock fan will find some gems in the anthology, however.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By kooky Kid on September 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I prefer Pam's autobiographical stuff and her own sweet experiences but I enjoy her writing period so I'll give this a thumbs up. Some of the characters profiled were of interest but I found clearly there was a standard- and the book is set up so the older ( original groupies) are towards the front of the book. As we take the trip downward the reader starts to see the decline of the groupie, there simply is no naiivete or sweetness or joy that was part of Pamela's world,just grotesque hi -jinx and girls acting as prostitutes for free.kind of sad.Makes me nostalgic for "the good old days" of groupie-dom
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By just write well on January 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love Pamela Des Barres and I hate to write a negative review of anything she does, but I found this book to be mostly a dull rehash of slutty one night stand chicks who had/have no goals in life except hooking up for an hour with the bass player.

I enjoyed the Q & A with Bebe Buell.

Classy, groovy ladies like Patti D'Arbanville and Gail Zappa notwithstanding, sick, sick women like Sweet Connie disgusted me--sounds as if she'd blow the guy a McDonald's if he gave her a free Happy Meal. I guess we know how she'll afford her nursing home, although she looks as if she's on her way to Slut Heaven due to anorexia. I think Pamela has pretty much exhausted this topic. Move on doll!!!
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jokerita on December 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a writer, I am offended that groupies are compared to artists. I may be an amatuer writer but at least I do not hang on anyone's coattails to validate my self worth.

I was flipping through this book at Barnes n Noble the other day and I was reading some of the pages from the net. I think there are a few women who I would call artists in their own right and at least became something of themselves after their liaisons but most of the women in this book were just trashy, it was embarassing. I can respect Gail Zappa, I can appreciate Cynthiya Plaster Caster, hell, I will even give Yoko Ono props but that's it.

I found myself facepalming when I read about Gail/Gayle, the girl who claimed to have slept with Peter Criss but ended up having an abortion the day before Thanksgiving. Excuse me, but what got it into her head that he would leave his wife for someone he met on the road? As a twenty year old female and feminist, it's really embarassing feeling sorry for a woman who thought her magic vagina would bring on Prince Charming. I'm sorry but it was one endless adolescent fantasy after another. If the author's intentions was to protray the dark side of rock fandom or to see things as is, then I would be singing a different tune but no. The book's intention on portraying these 'women' as 'muses' (let me wash my mouth) and, my favorite, influences on the apples of their eye made me cringe.

There was a review I saw earlier where the author of the said review could not reconcile promiscuity/feminism. I disagree. I think you can freely experiment, I'm all for that, I'm all for exploring whatever it is you are interested in, but I would say feminism's definition is twisted when some of these 'women' use it to justify their adolescent obsession.
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47 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Eulogia on July 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I agree with one of the previous reviewers in that this topic has been covered in previous books. Miss Pamela should have taken the high road and avoided the subject of "groupies". Somehow, she gives the impression she's trying to validate the groupie lifestyle by demostrating, through the stories of other self-proclaimed groupies, that they were the "muses" or inspiration for the music produced by the various musicians they serviced. If if allows you to feel better about yourself, darlin', then go right ahead with the delusion.

If these women were so compelling, why did the rock stars seek mostly sexual gratification from them? Could they not simply spend time discussing interesting topics? The groupies were used much as a person might use a kleenex to sneeze into, as a receptacle for a bodily spasm needing to be relieved at that particular moment.

Another annoying aspect of this book is that several of the subjects she interviewed are coming out with their own books in the near future and were not interested in being too detailed with their personal exploits. Obviously, they want to sell their own books and not give away the good parts to Miss Pamela to put into her book.

Pamela Des Barres has a fairly good writing style and she should consider exploring writing projects that don't make us relive the sad groupie days she seems to cling to.
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