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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)

What Members Say

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    juliet 03-15-13
    juliet 03-15-13
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    "Charming"
    Would you listen to I'm with the Band again? Why?

    Yes, I might. Pamela does such a great job of narrating it, her warmth and personality shine through. By listening to her I could see why all the band members loved her, something that might not have come across if it were narrated by someone else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss P!


    What about Pamela Des Barres’s performance did you like?

    She put so much energy into her narration and I really liked the extra bits she threw in as she was going. I also liked the catch up bits at the end.


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

    No, I liked to listen to a chapter then sit with what I'd heard.


    Any additional comments?

    Not long enough. I hope to listen to more of her exploits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 06-28-12
    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 06-28-12 Member Since 2012

    An audio book loving Aucklander.

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    "If you love rock, you'll love the history"

    Some of it was sappy and a little hard to listen to, but in the main I liked hearing about that era in musical history. For an avid rock fan, any extra info about the life behind the scenes is enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 06-19-12
    Mark 06-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "book about Ms. Des Barres, not the music or stars"

    This is only the second of about 75 audible books I haven't been able to finish. I was hoping for some insight into the music, the musicians, and the rock scene that she was part of. Instead, it's just a book about the author and her fairly cliche coming of age story. There's nothing really wrong with that, I guess. It's just not interesting enough to bother reading about. Even if it were, the writing is too hackneyed to tolerate. I like the idea of her narrating the book for audible. But, she's not very good. The narration is mostly over-done. However, there are a few parts when she breaks character and inserts a comment or two on the book (which she wrote about 20 years before she recorded it). Those are surprisingly charming and so genuine that they emphasize how phony the rest is.

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    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 01-24-13
    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 01-24-13
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    "Could have Stomached it with a Narrator"
    Would you try another book from Pamela Des Barres and Dave Navarro and/or Pamela Des Barres?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another book from Pamela Des Barres and Dave Navarro ? Why or why not?

    The narration completely drove me to not want to listen


    Would you be willing to try another one of Pamela Des Barres’s performances?

    Absolutely Not


    Could you see I'm with the Band being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It might be a good movie as long as narration was not done by Ms. Des Barres


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't even finish it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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