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With the band
Let's spend the night together : backstage secrets of rock muses and supergroupies
Pamela Des Barres.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2007.
This intimate account of 24 legendary groupies reveals what went on behind the closed doors of rock stars from Elvis to Marilyn Manson. Consisting of Pamela Des Barres's revealing interviews with and profiles of other supergroupies, this book offers firsthand glimpses into the backstage world of rock stars and the women who loved them. The groupies -- such as Miss Japan Beautiful, who taught Elvis how to dance; Cassandra Peterson (Mistress of the Dark), who tangled with Tom Jones in Sin City; Cynthia Plaster Caster, who redefined the art of Jimi Hendrix; and Miss B., who revealed Kurt Cobain's penchant for lip gloss -- tell tales that go well beyond an account of a one-night stand to become a part of music history.
     
Laurel Canyon : the inside story of rock-and-roll's legendary neighborhood
Michael Walker.
New York : Faber and Faber, 2006.
"Michael Walker tells the inside story of this unprecedented gathering of some of the baby boom's leading musical figures - including Joni Mitchell; Jim Morrison; Crosby, Stills, #38; Nash; John Mayall; the Mamas and the Papas; Carole King; the Eagles; and Frank Zappa, to name just a few - who turned Los Angeles into the music capital of the world and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed." "In new interviews with Graham Nash, the Byrds' Chris Hillman, the Turtles' Mark Volman, Gail Zappa, legendary groupie Pamela Des Barres, and other insiders, Walker traces Laurel Canyon's transformation from a countercultural paradise in the sixties, when a song written on a redwood deck could enter pop culture's permanent collection within weeks, to the dark decadence of the seventies, when fame, fortune, sex, cocaine, and, finally, murder shook the flowers from everyone's hair." "What surfaces is the untold story of how an indelible swath of popular culture was created by a handful of talented and willful young adults: how a canyon in the middle of one of America's most unsparing urban landscapes played a part; and why, in the end, they made such beautiful music together."--BOOK JACKET.
     

Being a groupie

Some girls don't like to be called 'groupies.' It's a tarnished word, and I'm trying to redeem it.

I'm not considered a groupie slut -- I'm considered a chronicler of a time.

Pamela Des Barres

Fans who follow rock bands are part of Rock  ‘n Roll culture. The film Almost Famous featured the cult of celebrity that groupies create. Following their favorite bands around the world on live tours, rock groupies are more than just fans.

English girls of the ‘60’s who hung out with the most famous bands in the world had their own notoriety. Who among baby boomers can’t conjure up a mental picture of  Beatles girls Jane Asher and Cynthia Lennon or Stones' girl Anita Pallenberg? These charismatic women influenced the music of the rockers they loved.

Women in the ‘70’s rock culture defined the age of the groupie when they traveled with the band and even became celebrities in their own right. Pamela DesBarres and BeBe Buell were notorious for their power of muse as well as their many affairs with rockers such as Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page, Todd Rungren, Frank Zappa, and Steven Tyler.

Wonderful tonight : George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and me
Pattie Boyd with Penny Junor.
New York : Harmony Books, c2007.
"An iconic figure of the 1960s and '70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a forty-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll." "She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day's Night. Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles' inner circle - a circle that included Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable who's who of rock musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the musicmaking, and the weird and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with her husband, George." "For the first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired Harrison's song "Something" and Clapton's anthem "Layla," has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking - and totally honest."--BOOK JACKET.
     
I did (but I wouldn't now)
Cara Lockwood.
New York : Downtown Press, 2006.
In the sequel to "I Do (But I Don't)," Lily learns to come to terms with her failed marriage, and to move on from her year of living in luxury. She finds a much better mate in her straight-laced boss, a career calling as a celebrity columnist, and proves that sometimes the worst mistakes can lead to a much better life.
     

Groupies aren’t always female. Loyal “Deadheads” of both genders carried adulation of the Grateful Dead to extreme by following the band from city to city.  Over 30 years the Grateful Dead’s music inspired hundreds of Deadheads to another level of consciousness where fans felt that the band and the audience become one.

Some groupies carry a torch even after death. Patricia Kenneally-Morrison nurses a 30 year fixation with Jim Morrison, the long dead front man for The Doors who she claims to have married. Kenneally-Morrison adds to the dead rocker’s mystique by keeping his memory alive.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff