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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Arbor Oak Books; First edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936840162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936840168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yummy, juicy, salacious, rockin' romp! --Pamela Des Barres, author of I'm With the Band and Let's Spend the Night Together

Rockin' Rita was definitely the queen of rock fans in the Midwest with her signature short, tight mini-skirt. You never had a problem picking Rita out in a crowd. She was probably on a first-name basis with more tour managers and rock stars than anyone I ran across, and I've been in the business for thirty-plus years. Rita never had a problem getting backstage, in a dressing room, or on a tour bus. She seemed to have the ultimate 'key to the city' when bands rolled into town. --Tom Bergin, President, Concert Security Services

Rockin' Rita was definitely the queen of rock fans in the Midwest with her signature short, tight mini-skirt. You never had a problem picking Rita out in a crowd. She was probably on a first-name basis with more tour managers and rock stars than anyone I ran across, and I've been in the business for thirty-plus years. Rita never had a problem getting backstage, in a dressing room, or on a tour bus. She seemed to have the ultimate 'key to the city' when bands rolled into town. --Tom Bergin, President, Concert Security Services

About the Author

A friend wrote in Rita’s 1982 high school yearbook: "I hope that someday you will meet your true David Lee Roth … and become a rock and roll queen."
After leaving Omaha and moving to LA, Rita continued her pursuit of heavy metal bands throughout the 1980s. She eventually traded rock stars for movie stars and did a stint as a stand-up comic at LA’s Improv, The Comedy Store, and the Rose Tattoo. She worked at the exclusive Tramps of London club where she met many more movie stars and the glitterati of Hollywood—who are in the stories for Rita’s next book continuing her adventures in California in the 1990s.
After leaving LA with more memories than any single person could ever experience, Rita returned to her hometown and turned over a new leaf. She is a hard-working mom who is active in her church (just in case a higher power is needed!).
Her extensive scrapbooks of backstage passes and personal photos document a lifestyle that rock fans only dream about.

More About the Author

A friend wrote in Rita's 1982 high school yearbook: "I hope that someday you will meet your true David Lee Roth ... and become a rock and roll queen."

After leaving Omaha and moving to LA, Rita continued her pursuit of heavy metal bands throughout the 1980s. She eventually traded rock stars for movie stars and did a stint as a stand-up comic at the Improv, The Comedy Store, and the Rose Tattoo. She worked at the exclusive Tramps of London club where she met many more movie stars and the glitterati of Hollywood--who are in the stories for Rita's next book continuing her adventures in California in the 1990s.

After leaving LA with more memories than any single person could ever experience, Rita returned to her hometown and turned over a new leaf. She is a hard-working mom who is active in her church (just in case a higher power is needed!).

Her extensive scrapbooks of backstage passes and personal photos document a lifestyle that rock fans only dream about. Because there were too many photos to include in the book, go to the book's website at OnceUponaRockStarBOOK.com where more are available.

Customer Reviews

Rita is amazing I can't wait for the next book!
Rachel B
I started to write more on why I didn't like this book as well as the other, but didn't want to say negative things about the author or her lifestyle choices.
TJ
I love reading groupie stories, so this book really interested me.
Lynn Orange

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By o.i.e.Records,Ltd.  John McGlasson on December 12, 2012
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Because I almost always end up disappointed. Poorly written and crammed full of semi-believable tales of sex and debauchery. Name-dropping expedition to rival any wannabe scenesters. There. Is nothing even remotely redeeming about this girl's stories, the saddest part is, she wasn't anywhere near as hot as she thought she was, and was clearly being used while looking for a real relationship on a tour bus. Sad.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ria Darling VINE VOICE on November 20, 2012
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First, I loved this book and could not put it down. It's a fascinating tale of the 80's in a small town and all the 80's hair bands (mainly metal) that she saw and hooked up with. It's juicy and I respect her because she's wily. Never in the book did I get the impression she was untruthful and one of the highlights is that she includes TONS of photos, backstage passes and ticket stubs. It was such a time capsule to the 80's as well-I remember so many of the bands she saw and even saw some of the same tours. (Alas, I was a good girl so that's why you're reading my review, not my book). That said, the drawback to the book is that it badly needs an editor. It could have been so awesome if only she had the right editor-better than Pamela Des Barres I'm With the Band-with the right editor. As it is, I'm sure that there are people who will find it just unreadable because of the writing. Be warned-I'm not sure she ever went to college and her writing is not the highlight of the book. She overuses some phrases (new drinking game-drink every time she writes 'rock(s/ed) so hard')and even though it's years later shows very little reflection on her motivation for her actions. I longed to read 'In hindsight, I realize now.." but that just never happened. She skips around a lot, from show to show and shares very little of her personal life outside of her musical conquests. Which is funny because, in addition to assuming the band members only used her for drugs and sex, she's assuming that's all the reader wants of her tale as well. She's selling herself short-she has a great story to tell if she'd let more of herself come through.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susie on July 20, 2013
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Pretty much I slept with this guy, and this guy, I was so hot that this one hit on me, and that too.. kinda sad and skanky, but it was free.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KMS on November 12, 2012
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This was quite an interesting book and Rita definately put herself out there (in many ways) when sharing her story. The author lets the reader into her life in a most intimate way. It was interesting to hear what the Rock and Roll world was like in the 80's. I don't typically read memoir's but stumbled across this one and am not disappointed. To read about some of my favorite Rock Stars and hear a more grounded perspective of them was quite interesting! This is a good one to pass along!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Nicole on January 16, 2013
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It wasn't bad, the best parts were was when she described what went on after the shows and who with and gave out juicy details and gives a little insight on how some of the rock stars really were. Though sometimes she left out parts like how they got backstage at all those concerts and certain things came about, I gave the rating of3 stars because well it was a good read it is almost hard to believe how she got to hang with all those stars with sometimes really no effort at all. NOT REALLY WORTH THE 9.95 LIST PRICE BUT I DOWNLOADED WHEN IT WAS FREE, JUST A HEADS UP
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David Woods on January 3, 2013
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A girl who has never read a book writes one.
Don't waste your time reading this.I'm sure she tells these stories over and over sitting at the bar and no one cares.Doesn't even have a ending,just ran out of people to screw.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loves To Read on April 5, 2013
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So I get the gist of what Rita is trying to portray. The sad part is it reads as if a small child wrote it. If you can overlook that then you can learn a lot of the dirty goings-on of a diehard groupie. I think it started off for the right reasons but turned into more of a game where she was keeping score. Heck no I'm not going to go by myself and wait outside a tour bus for the door to open. And am I the only one who thinks a lot of the rockers who took advantage of Rita's naive willingness were maybe pedophiles? Granted almost every rocker on the planet (especially then) was either drunk or high but good grief she was so young!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on April 3, 2013
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This is nothing more than a chronology of concerts attended and the one night stands that resulted. Not that one would expect a book such as this to be high caliber reading, but given that it was written long after the fact, it would seem the author might have matured and offered more insight. I found it particularly telling that the author could devote an entire chapter to one of her "hot" conquests but the death of her own mother only garnered a sentence or two. There's nothing here but a lack of morals and a set of double standards from someone who seems to think she was somehow different from or better than the other "bimbo" groupies.

The author claims to have turned over a new leaf as a "hard working mom who is active in the church". Why, then, would one want to glamourize such a past and make an official record of it, complete with details of the drug usage? Apparently, Ms. Roxx is still star-struck and quite proud of this list of "famous" men she's slept with, seeming to believe there was much more to these get-togethers than there actually was.

It's just sad.
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