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Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up Hardcover – November, 1992

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In I'm with the Band, Southern California-based Des Barres chronicled her lustful liaisons with such rock legends as Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Keith Moon. This candid sequel, tracing her life since the 1970s, cannot surpass the first book's trashiness--few tales, true or fictional, do--but it is indisputably juicy, thanks to Des Barres's effervescence and no-holds-barred approa c h to celebrity gossip. She recalls a rough dozen years of marriage to singer-actor Michael Des Barres; tells of going into labor with their only child at the home of Frank Zappa; spends time with old cohorts Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith and admits she once fell for a woman, comedian Sandra Bernhard. Des Barres refuses to name names only in regard to a passionate one-year fling with a mega star referred to as "HIM." Some readers may skim over the "cosmic" insights, most will sympathize with the plight of her emotionally troubled son and many will welcome the return of this irrepressible, unflaggingly optimistic writer. Author tour.
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 "Indisputably juicy." —Publishers Weekly


"It reads like a novel . . . a chatty, entertaining account . . . funny and fearless. . . . Certainly now, as a late bloomer chronicling the collapse of a rock-and-roll life style as vigorously as she described its heyday, Pamela Des Barres is having the last laugh.”  —Janet Maslin, The New York Times Book Review



“Bursting with candor and bittersweet warmth.”  —Rolling Stone



"Rock's groupie supreme . . . offers new insights into the particulars of the sexual engine that drives rock, this time from the wiser perspective of a mature Miss Pamela. Ms. Des Barres's decision to tell her story is an act of liberation in today’s post-feminist terms. . . . There's still much to learn from Ms. Des Barres about the rock world's hidden history and its groundings in desire."  —The New York Times



"She charms me every time she refuses to regret. And she regrets nothing."  —Los Angeles Times



Dishy and readable—[Des Barres'] writing style is always chatty, witty, and conversational."  —The Austin Chronicle blog Earache!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688091490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688091491
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just read this book, having recently won a copy on eBay. What a shame it is no longer in print; much as I loved I'm With the Band, I enjoyed this well-written sequel even more for its incisive, introspective look at evolving as a person and learning to make peace with the past. To all the hypocrites who condemn Pamela Des Barres as an immoral bimbo, I say, we've all had incidents in our past, sexual and otherwise, that we are not necessarily proud of or would have done differently had we been older and wiser. Des Barres was extremely brave to chronicle her failing marriage, becoming a mother, death of her father, search for spirituality, and learning to see her own shortcomings-codependency and avoidance of confrontation at any cost-with brutal honesty as well as a sense of humor and optimism. Details of Des Barres' Hollywood lifestle, such as being friends with such celebrities as the Zappa family and many others, also makes this book a fascinating read. However, what really hit home for me were the universal experiences that every human being goes through: the journey of finding one's sense of self-worth and purpose, learning to work through life's pain and setbacks to be strong and change for the better (always easier said than done!),and learning to find joy in every moment of every day. Pamela Des Barres, with her hard-won inner strength, sweet nature and spirit of adventure, is truly an inspiration.
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C'mon- she's not a PHD candidate at some university- this is not critical literature- it's just her rock and roll story. I found it very telling that she lived for so many years as a codependant housewife in a dysfunctional high profile relationship. A very intriging follow up to her first book. I like her and I liked the book, (as well as I'm with the Band.)The two books are an eye opener to just how macho and swaggering the rockers of old really are. Why begrudge Pamela?
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Pamela DesBarres' first book "I'm with the Band" is one of my favorite books ever - and this sequel is fabulous as well. I love Miss Pamela's honesty, humor, writing style and positive sunny outlook on life. She is an inspiration! I have re-read this book almost as many times as her first book - I just love it! What an amazing life (so far) - I am so glad she chooses to share her life experiences with the rest of us.
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I loved this book!! What an interesting follow up to her first book. Pamela Des Barres has the most enticing writing style - like you're dishing with a good friend and hanging on her every word. As a woman of similar history, it was so intriguing to see how all her earlier adventures played out as time went on and how her amazing spirit continued to shine through it all. What an uplifting person - how lucky we are that she has the writer's gift and has chosen to share her incredible story and energy with us. A must read for those with a rock-n-roll heart.
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I picked up Miss P's first book, I'm With The Band, only about a year ago, and I admit I keep coming back for more ! This is a witty, page-turning sequel that does what most sequels can't do: keep the juicy stories flowing !! The journey from page 1 until the end has its ebbs of laughter and flows of tears. Pamela's writing style is recognizably her own, and she sure knows how to tell a story ! An amazing read, and am impatiently awaiting another piece of work from the tantalizing Pamela des Barres.
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What a great read!! I loved every page of this book!! Pamela writes so honestly and shares so much personal stuff in a way that boggles my mind. I wouldn't have the courage to write and publish a book this personal. Her writing is insightful, strong and laugh out loud funny.
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While thoroughly enjoying her first tale, Pamela's second offering was more insightful and at times, more than a little sad. One envies her exploits with various high-profile musicians until the reality of marrying one and trying to lead a normal life becomes apparent. As always, she writes with hard- earnt wisdom, humour and candour and one cannot help but adore her for it.
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It's nowhere near what people are expecting, if the only other book they read was "I'm With the Band." It is gut- and heart-wrenching, insane...a real roller-coaster of emotions. Say what you want about about Pamela des Barres, but she grabs you from page one, and just doesn't let go...
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