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I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie Paperback – October 28, 2005
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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
"She charms me every time she refuses to regret. And she regrets nothing." —Los Angeles Times
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I came of age only a couple of years after Pamela did. It was exciting enough just to admire bands from afar; it was a memorable time. But she talks way too nicely about way too many scumbags in this memoir. I'm glad she finally bagged a musician, for a while, anyway. She really seems hard to dislike in her airheaded way, and she may really have no regrets, but if she did, would anyone care?
I found this book a very interesting read. The author is very lighthearted about most of her exploits, and some of them seem to have been a great deal of fun. It's all drugs, sex, and rock and roll.
There is, however, a very dark undercurrent in this book. There are some very sombre, even mournful moments in the book. Some of the stories do highlight the grim side of the whole rock and roll lifestyle, and the author's apparent oblivion to that (or her denial of it) only serves to create greater contrast. If she intended this, this book is a brilliant piece of writing and Pamela Des Barres is an enormously talented and subtle writer. I'm pretty sure, though, that she didn't do it on purpose. I think she really is (or was) shallow and unaware, because the almost artificially cheerful-to-the-point-of-giddy light she shines on her adventures has the quality of one who wants to view the past through rose coloured spectacles.
I found this book a very good read, and the picture it gave me of a time and place was very clear. Coming of age in the Sixties, drugs, sex, and rock and roll, irresponsibility and no-holds-barred promiscuity involving famous people, and one rather shallow young woman's adventures in an era now long gone... This could have been great fiction. Although if it were, it would probably have had tighter editing and more coherence as a narrative. As it's actually based on the author's own life, it makes it that much more engaging.
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Great book. Found her life to be very interesting!! She met some wonderful people.