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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Igniter; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061931357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061931352
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Aghast readers may lose track of Shirazi's rock star conquests, but her shocking sexual exploits are chronicled in such can't-look-away prose that it's impossible to close this X-rated book until the last bad boy has been put to bed. While the author's explicit descriptions of backstage orgies, threesomes, and random hookups might make even the most world-wise readers blush, memoirs like this are rarely written with such edgy prose. Shirazi, who fled the Iranian revolution, barely hints at trauma caused by early sexual and physical abuse. But when it comes to accounts of rock stars' sexual proclivities, she doesn't hold back. Even as she pursues a Master's degree in English, Shirazi trysts with members, or hangers-on, of Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, and assorted has-beens of the '80s hair-band scene still clinging to their former glory. But when the author allows herself to fall in love, her memoir takes a turn that proves disastrous in myriad ways, rubbing much of the sexy veneer off of her shenanigans. Though ultimately, no matter how readers judge her salacious life, no one can deny that she has a raw talent with words. Photos.
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From Booklist

After Ayatollah Khomeini came to power in Iran, Shirazi’s family immigrated to London. Bullied by her classmates and beaten by her stepfather, she fell hard for rock ’n’ roll and embarked on a splintered existence that saw her studying at university while attending rock concerts with the express purpose of bedding musicians, among them members of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. Shirazi makes no bones about her passion for operating in “full sleaze mode” and of the pleasure she took in outfitting herself in stilettos and corsets. What tripped her up was her attempt to extract love and reassurance from her sexcapades. An abortion and a bad breakup left her in desperate straits; out to wield some power, she slept with two feuding members of the same band, causing a bartender to accuse her, in all seriousness, of being the “Yoko Ono for Hookers N’ Blow.” Shirazi gave up the life when she realized that even supposedly liberated rockers employ a sexual double standard. Far raunchier and better written than Pamela Des Barres’ classic I’m with the Band (1987). --Joanne Wilkinson

More About the Author

Roxana Shirazi ran in the dusty dusky Persian alleys of pre-revolutionary Tehran, watchful of the Shah's secret police and the soldiers, and engaged in sexual games with her boy and girl neighbours. She read the Qur'an at school like a good child, still doing naughty things with boys and girls during the war. She was sent to England at the age of 10, got called paki and the 'N' word a lot, lost herself in books and more books, started writing poetry and journalistic articles and started leading a double life as academic and a life in rock n roll debauchery with rock bands. Too wild for rock stars, she found this supposed utopian rock n roll world too limiting for her wild spirit. After an abortion, a suicide attempt and many falling in loves she now tries to stop her heart from falling in love and prefers to volunteer for animal right groups and hopefully try and stop the torture of cats and dogs in China for their fur.

Customer Reviews

Even at the darkest points in the story, this book is impossible to stop reading.
Samantha
Group sex with people you don't even like, just to make some guy jealous, right in front of him?
ZenRN
The author doesn't seem to have much insight, or depth at all into why she does what she does.
Shira

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book, and it was a quick and easy read compared to what I normally read. As a child of the 80's metal hair bands myself--and a huge music fan, I was curious. I have personally been invited backstage for many concerts during that era (I looked like a tart when I was 16) scouted by road managers asking 'do you want to meet the band?' . Only to immediately protest that I was only a fan, and that I had to be at school in the morning--the moment I'd get backstage. Great White, twisted sister, iron maiden, judas priest...met them all at the height of their popularity. Yet, while my appearance stated otherwise...I would never have dreamed of sleeping with anyone in the bands I met. Therefore, I felt like reading this book would present the other side of the coin. What would life for me have been like if I had? Roxanna was someone not unlike myself, and yet she was on the dark side. I thought this was her memoir of a misspent youth chasing rockstars in their glory days. What a let down. This is about very recent history...of a woman willing to degrade herself in every conceivable way for washed up rockstars whose light faded decades ago. Her defiant 'slut and proud' mantra was not at all convincing, but rather hollow and sad. She was desperate for love, affection and attention,which it seems she has still not achieved to this date. I loved reading about her childhood in Tehran, and her relationship with her family....but little of her relationship with her family was explored in her 'slut' years. Did they know how promiscuous she was? Her bi-sexuality and multiple sex partner (often at the same time). Well...they sure know now! How did they feel about it? Her younger siblings?Read more ›
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Krista Lauder on June 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Although the title made me wary, I was pleasantly surprised after reading this book. When I heard this was another groupie tell-all, I already envisioned what the story was going to be about, but I decided to give it a shot anyways. The tale is explicit, but has a completely different vibe than other rocker stories. Her story is very dark and emotionally compelling. Actually, the first half has nothing to do with rock and roll. Instead, she talks about her journal to sexual maturity, from her childhood in Iran to escaping to London, and all of the difficulties and heartbreak she experienced. She chronicles her whole life, from childhood to groupie-status, sharing her most explicit stories about her sexcapades with various rockers (all of which she names!). Maybe not a story for the more conservative types, but nevertheless a great read-- actually found myself unable to put it down. Not to mention the language is poetic and flowing, making the story easy to read and follow. Don't be scared off by the title-- give it a chance, you will be pleasantly surprised!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim on August 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Roxana Shirazi's memoir "The Last Living Slut" is most certainly a page-turner, filled as it is with unflinching, graphic first-person accounts of backstage, back-room and tour-bus depravity. If the dirt, name-naming and shock value are what you're coming in for, you won't be disappointed. Not by a long shot.

That said, what made it most fascinating to me wasn't the classic "holy trinity" of sex, drugs and rock n' roll promised by the jacket copy. Sure, you get plenty of that. More than you'd expect, and in the sort of lurid detail that would make sailors blush. But it's what's happening below the surface that really grabbed my attention. Namely, the fact that the actual structural tone of the narrative took on wildly different textures depending on the events being recalled.

To wit: when the book begins, we're given a generous dose of Shirazi's background...From her early childhood under the Shah, to the strict Muslim doctrines imposed by the Ayatollah, to her her eventual emigration abroad. It's a very intriguing peek into a world we rarely see: what it's like to grow up and mature as a young lady in a country where doing exactly that can cause you to be demonized. And these passages of her (mostly) idyllic, and fondly-recalled childhood are rendered with a prose style I can only describe as being the equivalent of soft-focus film: flowing, lyrical, reverent, and gauzy enough around the edges so as to effectively obscure certain less-than-savory details.

But then a fascinating thing happens once her coming-of-age hits, the velvet rope is drawn back, and the juicy bits start to come hard and fast (puns most definitely intended). The actual narrative voice itself changes. The structural texture of the words, sentences and paragraphs themselves coarsen dramatically.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on June 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A friend of mine received an advance review copy of this book and passed it to me when she was done. I was curious but wasn't expecting to like this book nearly as much as I did. Be warned - it's not for the faint of heart. Shirazi is explicit and frank about the sexual abuse she endured as a child, and she details her sexual exploits with the bands she's slept with in very vivid detail. Some of it is sexy, some of it is at times too much - but I guarantee you won't be able to look away. Even at the darkest points in the story, this book is impossible to stop reading. It is an honest story by an author who is unafraid to present herself exactly as she is. Her childhood in Iran is described well and that history explains why she went in search of freedom and sexual liberation in the rock and roll world once she was exposed to it. But she found that it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. She realized that the only freedom she could count on was to be who she is. She doesn't have all of the answers, and the book doesn't offer a nice, simple happy ending - and for that I liked it even more. She has found peace with herself and that's all anyone can want. All in all highly recommended!
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