I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

By Pamela Des Barres

The fashionable, exuberant, and remarkably candy confession of 1 of the main well-known groupies of the Sixties and 70s is again in print during this new version that incorporates an afterword at the author's final 15 years of adventures. once she graduated from highschool, Pamela Des Barres headed for the sundown Strip, the place she knocked on rock stars' behind the curtain doorways and immersed herself within the medications, chance, and ecstasy of the freewheeling Nineteen Sixties. Over the subsequent 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy web page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, between others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; became down a date with Elvis Presley; and was once shut neighbors with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa. As a member of the GTO's, a lady crew masterminded through Frank Zappa, she was once within the thick of the main progressive renaissance within the heritage of recent renowned tune. hot, witty, and horny, this kiss-and-tell–all often is the excellent chronicle of 1 of rock 'n' roll's such a lot exciting eras.

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I am continuously grateful that i am dwelling in those occasions and i savor what I enjoy. Oh, why am I left striking? whether he acknowledged, "Fuck off," no less than i might recognize the place I stand. i am not even status anymore, i have fallen down. August 26 . . . entire breakdown of every thing, moaning his identify, screaming his identify down in my throat . . . empty phrases spilling into the recent empty air . . . "Jimmy Jimmy, the place are you? ", i used to be pacing round the condominium in a numb fog, so while the telephone eventually rang, Michele spoke back it. "Pamela, it is Jimmy, it is Jimmy!! " i used to be like slumbering attractiveness waking up after 100 years of demise sleep as his candy voice instructed me how "the scenes" he was once having have been like "eating hamburger," and the way he relatively "needed" to work out me. whereas my tears of aid dribbled into the receiver, he instructed me, "The boys rather such as you, and they hate the women I see. " He promised to ship me a airplane price tag the subsequent morning and that i acknowledged a silent prayer that he may. As i began to pack my suitcase to move at the street with Led Zeppelin, I felt robust simply because I had known as to Jimmy like a cavewoman deep down inside of myself, and it had labored. I waited all morning for my airline price tag to reach, and while it did not, i began shivering and could not cease. Michele was once attempting to carry me up, simply because i used to be a quivering heap, 142 I ' m W i t h the B a n d curled up at the ground in a fetal place. I requested her handy me my magazine, and with shaking hand I wrote: "Why did he even trouble to name me? at the least i would not have heard his candy voice, and the damage will be therapeutic rather than clean blood nonetheless flowing . . . the place is the white chariot, Mr. web page? " Michele made me a cup of tea, and that i stood within the doorframe to regular myself. After sips, I dropped the cup of steaming Earl grey, grasped the doorframe with one hand, clutched at my center with the opposite, and slid dramatically right down to the ground because the doorbell rang. without notice i may run, and status at my entrance door was once a messenger boy keeping my TWA price ticket to ny. "Miss Pamela Miller? " he requested, and that i kissed him like Blanche DuBois kissed the "young, younger, younger guy" in Streetcar, then whirled round until eventually I obtained dizzy, and fell down back. The sunlight was once shining; i used to be a twenty-year-old blonde with blue eyes and a price ticket to big apple despatched to me through Jimmy web page, the main attractive Englishman alive. the following 3 days at the street with Led Zeppelin have been vintage rock and roll heaven; i used to be precisely what I had regularly aspired to be: the female friend of the lead guitar participant within the world's greatest and most sensible rock and roll band. i used to be the one woman allowed behind the scenes, and whereas the band went over the set checklist and acquired all dolled up, I sat at the considerable lap of the world's maximum and so much enormous rock and roll supervisor, Peter supply. I had heard horrendous stories of Mr. Grant's kneecapbreaking escapades; his recognition as being a teeming Goliath preceded his paunch, yet he and that i constructed a different dating, and that i used to be bounced on his knee on many events.

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