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I'm with the Band Audiobook

I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

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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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    Amazon Customer 11-08-15
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    "it's good. . gives you a peek.."

    I loved it. I lived it. shows you the difference between a groupie vs band-aids.

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    Lucia 09-30-15
    Lucia 09-30-15
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    "This lady sounds very pathetic"

    Like: intimate stories with rock legends
    Dislike: her annoying voice, acting like a teenager, really bad attempts to sing.
    Can't think of anyone I could recommend this book

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    K. Matzner 09-28-15
    K. Matzner 09-28-15
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    "Save your credit. Read the book, don't listen. :/"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there was a different narrator it would have made all the difference.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Pamela Des Barres and Dave Navarro again?

    Not if she is the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pamela Des Barres?

    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.


    What character would you cut from I'm with the Band?

    none. Characters are good.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book, don't listen. Good book, poor narration.

    0 of 0 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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    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 2016

    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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  • Suej
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    1/26/14
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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
  • D. Williams
    Kent
    8/1/16
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Molko
    Dumfries
    9/17/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    3/31/15
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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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