The expectation of a book authored by a groupie is that it would be a salacious tell-all about sexual encounters with musicians. There is plenty of that in the book but the author is unfailingly positive and generous in her description of her amours.
There are three things that make this book a standout.
First, Pamela Des Barres can write. Although her book is based on her diaries, the book is wonderfully descriptive and witty in her unique style.
Secondly, Pamela Des Barres can narrate. This is her story and listening to the book is like having Pamela Des Barres tell her life story directly to you. Her voice modulates particularly when quoting someone and she otherwise personalizes the story for the listener.
Thirdly, Pamela Des Barres is very upbeat and happy.
That would disparage either the book or the reader.
The author is the only real characterization -- it's a memoir after all.
Pamela Des Barres has a lovely voice, and her reading is utterly honest, open, sincere and emotional. Also, worth mentioning, she adds current-day asides to the narration that are always fun, funny and true. (As when she describes waiting by the phone before "turning to the audience" and telling us how lucky we are when her generation didn't have cellphones or the internet or even answering machines.)
Lots of laughs and sympathy.
Will download anything she reads.
The narration completely drove me to not want to listen
It might be a good movie as long as narration was not done by Ms. Des Barres
I couldn't even finish it.