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.
"Sunny, uninhibited prose." (Slate.com)
"She charms me every time she refuses to regret. And she regrets nothing." (Los Angeles Times)
If there was a different narrator it would have made all the difference.
Not if she is the narrator.
Someone who is trained in voice performance. She was often overly loud, breathy, and spoke too fast. The story is good on it's own, but being the author of a book does not mean you are the correct voice to read it. The random singing was also hard to listen to.
none. Characters are good.
Read the book, don't listen. Good book, poor narration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can't wait to read the sequel and see how Miss Pamela applied her groupie smarts to the world of wife- and motherhood.
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!
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.
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.
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.
No, I liked to listen to a chapter then sit with what I'd heard.
Not long enough. I hope to listen to more of her exploits.
An audio book loving Aucklander.
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.
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.
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.
"Touching, exuberant, a real blast from the past!"
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 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.
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.
This would appeal to anyone who can remember what it was like to be excited by songs and the bands that played them.
"Ultimate kiss and tell story"
This is very well read and Miss Pamela's asides in the recording booth are absolutely hilarious, adding touches that weren't in either the original or the updated editions. There are some very poignant moments too such as when she reflects that a lot of time has passed since the last paperback version went out and a lot more people aren't around anymore. If you're into the music of that time, particularly the '67-'75 L.A. scene then you've gotta love this!
"The divine Miss Pamela"
I've read the book several times but it's even better to hear Miss Pamela tell us in person. It's like a fabulous, gossipy sleepover where one of the girls has all the best tales. In the foreword Dave Navarro says for the women to curtail their jealousy and hated. Hatred? For Pamela Miller of Reseda, California? Is he mad? The thing that comes across is her vulnerability and sweetness,; oh and her humour and intelligence. This book is as far from salacious sleaze as possible. It just leaves you wanting moremoremore. Here's to you, doll. Thank you for sharing
"I'll Save You the Effort. . . ."
What absolute utter drivel. Such a self-righteous, talentless, annoying, immature individual. No revelations revealed here.
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