[KINDLE] ❄ I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie By Pamela Des Barres – Dolove.info
I listened to the Audible version read by the author I expected a really exciting tell all about a magical and turbulent time in American pop history and some of the big personalities that inhabited my Los Angeles stomping grounds 20 years or so before I came on the scene I was interested in a little behind the scenes 411 about Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, etc Instead, this was a vapid, nearly 11 hour long monologue which was, for the most part, devoid of anything fascinating Imagine that friend of a friend that you stealthily avoid because she just talks too f cking much, drops names, peppers her conversation with song lyrics, and then tells you too much about the not much that is going on in the empty space between her ears Yep, that one Okay, now imagine this same little energy vampire talking to you in her giddy voice for nearly 11 hours, and you ll know all you could ever want to know about this book The confessions of this groupie aren t particularly tasty kind of like ordering something that sounds delicious and gourmet and then being handed a saltine I have some song lyrics too, for starters So What, by the Anti Nowhere League comes to mind I f cked this, I f cked thatSo what, so what So what, so what, you boring little So bad.LOL. I m ashamed to admit I read this book, but it s nearing the end of the year, people, and I need to knock out the rest of my Gil Girls list This book was horrible Absolutely horrible I came into it with high hopes I was expecting it would be like Almost Famous, and was excited to read about the real life Penny Lane.Nope It was just gross First of all, Pamela Des Barres can t write to save her life She would throw in random quotes from rock songs i.e Girl, we couldn t get much higher to prove, I was there I was SO in the rock scene And she s crass Near the end, when she meets her now ex husband, she talks about how she knows he s THE ONE when he gives her an, um, intimate disease, and she doesn t even care EWWW And as my friend Jenn mentioned, she just never grows up She never matures and moves past this high school mentality of needing attention I m frustrated that this book is as popular as it is and what s worse is the fact that she s published MULTIPLE books Anyway, I m now reading the Unabridge Journals of Sylvia Plath I feel the need to cleanse the palate The Stylish, Exuberant, And Remarkably Sweet Confession Of One Of The Most Famous Groupies Of The S And S Is Back In Print In This New Edition That Includes An Afterword On The Author S Last 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 S Over The Next 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 the main thing that i remember about this book is the image of timothy hutton leaving a bathroom with a trail of toilet paper emerging like a banner from between his asscheeks oh the humanity this short bit acts as a capper on the basically contemptuous timothy hutton sequence the tone throughout the rest of this sexual travelogue is less contemptuous and almost wry, deadpan but if you are looking for any actual insight into the various celebrities, look elsewhere this book is not for you what is it with starfuckers why do they do the things they do i suppose it is just the logical end result of the human desire to create and worship celebrity, to capture some of that golden celebrity warmth, to keep some of it close, some small bit of it oh, humans silly silly humans.but hey wait a minute, do reality tv stars count as celebrities these days because if so, then i m a starfucker too, yahoo gosh it feels so good i actually feel completely different now, and better, cooler, mere moments after realizing that i am only one person removed from being on tv that s practically being an actual celebrity i feel so much connected to the golden power of celebrity now yeah, celebrities i should write a book. This book was unexpectedly inspirational for me in my formative years, I think because I hadn t heard of many women who managed to participate in the world of rock without losing their voices Does that sound odd It isn t when you think how many women are treated as accoutrements or decorations in that world Pamela des Barres may have participated in that, but she did it on her own terms and created a unique and interesting identity This isn t a feminist text, but it isn t actually anti feminist either and it strikes a blow for the right of women to control and enjoy their sexuality just as much as their male compatriots do It s great fun to read too So there. Pam deBarres is the quintessential party girl She s had a wonderfully fulfilling life meeting all sorts of rock stars because she knows how to meet them Throughout her life, she slowly learned how to approach them, and to present herself in such a way that these rock stars can t say no to her What fun Her lifestyle is extreme, and I would have held back long before she went that far But that s why I read her book She shares her stories with her readers She has the personality, the looks, the youth, the wanderlust, the location Los Angeles, California , and the time the sixties It s the perfect mix for a sexually adventurous book This is an awesome book Miss Pamela attached herself to absolutely anyone on the rock scene, so there is some good gossip here She brags about her sexual exploits with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, among many, many, many others The narrative is interwoven with excerpts from her diary, the parts of the book I found it hardest to read In them she just seems like such an insecure, immature idiot Absolutely anything a musician would do, no matter how disgusting, degrading or idiotic, was inspiring to her Her revelations are dishy, but I found it shocking and sad what she was willing to do and the horrible treatment she was willing to put up with, just to be associated with the world of rock In 1964, the author and her friends, at the time just young girls, have stalked the Beatles to the house they are staying at in LA while on tour John Lennon pulls up to the house and looks at the groupie and her gang with a face full of contempt and sorrow and I can easily understand why I found the book sad than entertaining. This was my bible for a long time Despite how it is marketed, it is less name dropping, gossipy chick lit and the unapologetic, heartfelt diary of one teenaged girl s sexual awakening Granted, this particular teenaged girl happened to find herself in circumstances vastly favorable to your run of the mill, zitty boy next door scenarios during said awakening, but still it s a thoroughly engaging, lovely story Involving penii of famous dudes. her description of paul mccartney s balls is priceless. I get the whole worshipping at the altar of the rock god but this often bordered on ridiculous obsession I was impressed by the creative means Pamela went to make her rock wet dreams come true She really puts herself in the midst of the scene, time after time Ruthlessly pursuing the latest shiniest hip swivelling rock star to catch her attention I m equally grossed out and in awe of heror maybe just a little bit jealous Although this book is not about the writing, it s atrocious at times, but also bizarrely insightful I also knew what I was getting into and it had all I wanted and much much By the end I felt so enamoured by Miss Pamela because amongst all the revelry she showed signs of insecurity and if there s any finer example of fake it til you make it then I ll like to know She lives and breathes the rock star aesthetic and I kinda dig her dedication to pursuing all her wild dreams, plenty of times she happened to be there at the right place at the right time That s Hollywood for you She got to experience some of the most spectacular rock star moments right at the time when rock was burgeoning into something extraordinarily exciting Wow stuff indeed This memoir is one for the fans of the groupies that set the tone and the scene for whatever was happening up on stage Although this could easily be dismissed as a sexual bragfest I honestly believe that Pamela deeply cared about these musicians many she kept in contact with, actually just about ALL of them, that s pretty darn awesome in my eyes While she fell in and out of lust and love with many of these rock stars she was always actively on the lookout for true and lasting love she just happened to be searching in all the wrong places always believing she would come across her real life Prince Charmingmaybe just one with eyeliner and tight pants Incredible stuff and I was in complete groupie fan heaven reading this book 4.5 stars for the sheer enjoyment of being able to live through these exciting times through the eyes of the amazing Pamela This book is commemrorating 30 years being in print and is being rereleased to celebrate the occasion Thanks to Netgalley and Omnibus Press Team for my review copy.