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I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

Big Books Issue 2001

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By Stacey Mink | Posted 9/26/2001

Pamela Des Barres

Better than the recent ego-stoked memoirs of the musicians she aspired to, uhh, know, "Miss Pamela"'s account of her reign as a top groupie scores big--and not only with cheap thrills. The 1987 memoir's daffy honesty (would you publish your junior high diary?) and preserved-in-plastic remembrance of Los Angeles in the '60s and '70s fascinate beyond titillation. Des Barres may be telling one woman's story, but she manages to capture perfectly the spirit of her time. Of course, you'll have to restrain your urge to give Miss Pamela a feminist dope-slap as she careens through liaisons (Jim Morrison, Keith Moon) and careers (taxi dancer, B-minus movies), all in the pursuit of L-O-V-E with a famous somebody. The reader's payoff? When Des Barres reaches rock 'n' roll nirvana, you will too. Touring with Led Zeppelin and perching on the stage speakers--it's the Groupie Grail. Besides, aren't you curious about what else Mick Jagger can do with those lips?

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