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)
I loved this book and Pamela's reading is as fun and quirky as her writing. I even enjoyed her off key warbling. The only thing that became tedious was the endless epilogues and PS"s.
I have over 200 titles in my library and I can say hands down this is the most annoying narration I've encountered. 3 hours in and absolutely had to turn it off.
The story is moderately interesting but the breathless, whiny, tone deaf, giggling, idiotic narration is horrific. I should have read the other reviews- don't waste your money, it really is that bad...
I guess I just couldn't relate. I tried.
told in such a breathless pace, it lacked real feeling.
A interesting memoir by an intelligent person.
The memoirs were shallow and trite.
Under no circumstances.
Take a very naive person of limited talent and put them in a situation where every male takes advantage of them. Have that person rationalize how this was soooo wonderful. The story was annoying, as was the reading. Too much information about which I ultimately realized I cared not one little bit. I got this for entertainment. I learned it was just dead air.
If you're a lover of 60's-70's rock culture this is a must-read! From the perspective of famous groupie Pamela Des Barres and the audio version is read by Miss P herself! I've read several books about this period, but especially enjoyed Miss P's unique perspective. Also a coming-of-age story.... I love that Pamela's free, fun-loving spirit comes through in her words and her voice as she happily recounts her amazing experiences with no hint of regret whatsoever. Just finished it this am, a fantastic, refreshingly light-hearted read!
Childish writing and silly narrating. There is almost nothing in the least bit sensational for the best known groupie of all time. Her use of childish slang for body parts is totally annoying.
Dave Navarro has almost nothing to do with this book. Not that I cared.
Pamela Des Barres
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.
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