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I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie | [Pamela Des Barres, Dave Navarro]

I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa.
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Publisher's Summary

The stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in this new edition that includes an afterword on the author's last 15 years of adventures.

As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years, she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa. As a member of the GTO's, a girl group masterminded by Frank Zappa, she was in the thick of the most revolutionary renaissance in the history of modern popular music.

Warm, witty, and sexy, this kiss-and-tell-all stands out as the perfect chronicle of one of rock 'n' roll's most thrilling eras.

©1987 Pamela Des Barres (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Sunny, uninhibited prose." (Slate.com)

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

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    Armstrong Havana, IL, United States 09-10-11
    Armstrong Havana, IL, United States 09-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Dont waste your money...........please"

    Easily the worst audible book I have purchased, horrible narration by the author, mostly reads from her diary from the 60's, 70's and 80's, poor, very poor. I kept skipping ahead thinking there was merit for someone to actually publish this but there are NO interesting chapters, none!!!!

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    NJ 09-09-11
    NJ 09-09-11
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    "Dont waste your credits"

    Proof that not all authors should be allowed to narrate their own books. As if a story about a girl with zero self esteem and daddy issues is not boring enough, her performance is terrible and not up to Audible standards. This book can be summed up as 11 hours and a credit that I will never get back. Don't waste either, find a different book.

    30 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer richmond, VA, United States 05-04-12
    Amazon Customer richmond, VA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Un-listenable...."

    I really, really loved this book when it came out. A wild sordid story of one girl living an unconventional life in the 60's when California rock was being born. I read and re- read it and was SO excited to revisit it on audible. Miss Pamela ruins her own story by not out sourcing the reading to someone else. Her over dramatic and breathless reading, not to mention the need she feels to sing off key bits and pieces of songs allowed me to stomach about 40 min of this recording. I kept hoping and praying she would return to a normal voice once she got past her adolescence to no avail. It's really disappointing that the person that produced this didn't reign her in so that her amazing story could be told in a less distracting way. If you really want to experience this book, buy it and read it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Toni R. 09-10-11
    Toni R. 09-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "stinks"

    I can't believe this writer ever saw a band let alone was a groupie. This book is a waste of time and money.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    stacecoaster Menasha, WI 10-25-13
    stacecoaster Menasha, WI 10-25-13

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    "Like you're sitting in her living room"
    Where does I'm with the Band rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of all the Autobiography's this is the top. The only one that might be better is Rob Lowe's.


    What other book might you compare I'm with the Band to and why?

    The book by John Taylor or Heart - both rock and roll memoirs. Nancy & Ann Wilsons was good, but Pamela Des Barres is way more engaging. John Taylor's was good, but I felt like he was telling me a story that I had already heard through the stuff I read thoughout the years. John Taylor's and Heart's audio books sounded like they read from their books. It got boring at times... Pamela let's me into a world I briefly encountered, and lets me live vicariously through her - knowing about the pains of having my heart broken, falling madly in love, having a crush, adoring the people who are so creative is makes your head explode and having the moment (in her case lots of moments) to be in the presence of them.


    What does Pamela Des Barres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way she narrates it. It's like you're sitting in her living room with her while she is sharing you her stories - like your big sister or Aunt does. She isn't reading, she is telling you stories. It could be word for word for her book, but she doesnt make you feel like she's reading from her book. Plus she breaks away and tells some small elaboration of a piece of a story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yeah! but I personally like listening to them in chunks... easier to digest.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliente Amazon São Paulo, Brazil 04-11-12
    Cliente Amazon São Paulo, Brazil 04-11-12

    I´m a librarian. I love to read, rock & roll, read about rock & roll and I also love tv series.

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    "Sweet Pam"
    Would you listen to I'm with the Band again? Why?

    Yes. I did listen some parts once, twice.. It's delicious.


    What other book might you compare I'm with the Band to and why?

    I compare with Marianne Faithfull's biography, but Pam is happier, a sunny woman.


    What does Pamela Des Barres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's a wonderful reader! She's a really actress, a nice actress.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I did. I laugh sometimes and I cried at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, readers/ listeners, Open your minds!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nikoli Gogol Edmonton 10-28-11
    Nikoli Gogol Edmonton 10-28-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A Charming Account of R&R Heroes From Groupie"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 05-20-15
    Jane 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Live the groupie life vicariously through Pamela"
    What did you love best about I'm with the Band?

    Pamela's anecdotes are full of little factoids about famous rockstars and their strange habits. The story shines with truth and the passion of a young rock-devotee that has never dulled. It's fantastic to hear the much older Pamela's asides and extra little tidbits of memories as she's reading her first memoir.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pamela des Barres, as founding member of the GTOs, literally stood at the very forefront of the groupie movement. She came onto "the scene" right at the start of the rock revolution and immersed herself in a world that was rapidly changing. Unlike today's glamour-obsessed fangirls, the true groupies lived to inspire, comfort, nurture and pleasure the talent that inspired them - this is probably the most pertinent revelation from the book.


    What three words best describe Pamela Des Barres’s voice?

    Pamela's voice is filled with enthusiasm, lots of tonal shifts and a slight over-the-top recounting. If you manage to ignore the little bits of song she delivers wistfully (but very off-key), she has a true storyteller's timbre and pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Knowing Pamela's married name, when she described meeting her would-be husband for the first time (Michael des Barres), I felt an instant tingle of anticipation. When she elaborated on their relationship and the love they shared, it made me melancholy for loves past and present.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the sequel and see how Miss Pamela applied her groupie smarts to the world of wife- and motherhood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Finlay 05-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining"

    Pamela can certainly write, and wow what a story to tell! I really enjoyed her energetic narration and loved the spontaneous, unscripted bits of info that she would add while reading her story. I had read some negative reviews and was doubtful as to whether I would like this book, but I'm very glad I took a chance with this one, very entertaining and highly recommended!

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    cutting edge LA 05-18-13
    cutting edge LA 05-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Best narrated-by-author-memoir ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I'm with the Band to be better than the print version?

    That would disparage either the book or the reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author is the only real characterization -- it's a memoir after all.


    What does Pamela Des Barres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughs and sympathy.


    Any additional comments?

    Will download anything she reads.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Touching, exuberant, a real blast from the past!"
    What other book might you compare I'm with the Band to, and why?

    The audio style is less like reading a book, more like having a friend on the phone. Most of the book is diary excerpts and she acts them out with breathless teenage excitement. The style might not be to everyone's taste, but bear with it because once you get used to it, it really adds to the naive wonderment of a teenager entering the world of rock and roll. You get to be right there with her and you begin to recall your teenage self.


    What does Pamela Des Barres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    What does really work with this conversational style is that Pamela add asides, clarifications and other thoughts and memories that you would get from the book alone. She also adds a lot of texture, fleshing out the many characters we meet along the way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It gives a great feel for what it was like to live in Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s. Obviously there are many famous names mentioned, but her recollections of them vary considerably - some passionate, some friendly, some a pointed dislike. Some of her reflections are touching and on occasion achingly sad, the section about Keith Moon especially. She saw them in a way that the public never did and appreciated them as the men behind the fame.


    Any additional comments?

    This would appeal to anyone who can remember what it was like to be excited by songs and the bands that played them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
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    "I'll Save You the Effort. . . ."

    What absolute utter drivel. Such a self-righteous, talentless, annoying, immature individual. No revelations revealed here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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