I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

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The stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in print 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 ...
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Overview


The stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in print 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"She charms me every time she refuses to regret. And she regrets nothing."  —Los Angeles Times

"Sunny, uninhibited prose."  —Slate.com

"Her prose is...glittery, raw and real."  —Indie-music.com

"Should spur enough interest...that...her story can be made into the movie it needs to be."  —The WOW Report

"Granted it's gossipy, but it's also a worthwhile document of the blossoming of an innocent California flower-child."  —Star Tribune

"Eminently readable, offering all the fun of a trashy read without resorting to sensationalism or mean-spiritedness." —North Bay Bohemian

"A must-read for all lovers of great music and men."  —Playgirl

Slate.com
"Sunny, uninhibited prose."
Indie-music.com
"Her prose is...glittery, raw and real."
The WOW Report
"This new edition should spur enough interest again that . . . her story can be made into the movie it needs to be."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fortunately, Des Barres injects humor into these accounts of degradation, which exemplify the subculture of rock music. As a California teenager during the wild 1960s, she attached herself to members of various rock bands and other celebrities. More bragging than confessional, the story explicitly details this particular groupie's sexual exploits with Mick Jagger, the late Brandon de Wilde, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page (he liked using whips and handcuffs to enhance sex, we're told here), future Miami Vice star Don Johnson and many others. Now in her 30s, Des Barres has recovered from longtime drug abuse as has her husband, Michael, a musician. Though still ``making the scene,'' they have settled down somewhat, as parents of a son. There are profoundly sad, shocking revelations here, and the reader understands why John Lennon glanced at the groupie and her adolescent female gang in 1964, ``his face full of contempt and sorrow.'' Photos not seen by PW. (June 29)
Los Angeles Times

She charms me every time she refuses to regret. And she regrets nothing.

Library Journal
Ultimate rock groupie Des Barres dishes the dirt by the truckload in this 1987 remembrance of the rockers with whom she rubbed elbows--and other body parts. The text is thick with photos, and this edition contains a new foreword by Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556525896
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 115,515
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Pamela Des Barres is the author of Let's Spend the Night Together and Take Another Little Piece of My Heart. A spokesperson for her generation, she is an authority on classic rock and the freewheelin' rock 'n' roll lifestyle. She has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, and many other magazines.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

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    This book is one of the best I have ever read. The experiances that Pamela Des Barres encounters are surreal and outstanding to say the least. In this book she shows that she is not just a 'groupie' that had one night stands, she was a very heartfelt girl who had real relationships with these rock gods. She got to see who they really are behind the scenes and get to know them on a more personal level other than just sex. Amazing.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Not what I expected

    I will never listen to Led Zeppelin the same way anymore. I will probably think of Miss Pamela every time I hear one of their songs. And the Stones, the Doors, the Birds, and many others. This girl got around!

    I had a hard time putting the book down every time I was reading. It's not that it's extremely well written, but gosh, I just wanted to know, "What next?" There were some very interesting events! I have to admit, admit, admit that I got tired of her writing style the way she repeat, repeat, repeated things, and the teen angst diary entries got on my nerves. But I just had to know which rock legend she would encounter next. I have to say, I'm surprised she doesn't have brain damage or AIDS from all of the sex, drugs, (and rock-n-roll)!

    This is my my typical read, but isn't that what book clubs are for?

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Don't Bother! I want my money back!

    This book was so boring. I know about Pamela's past, so I was really excited to read this book. Who wouldn't want to read the sexy details of rock star trysts. This was a long diatribe of a silly girl, who clearly was never taught the value of her own mind, and sexual power. What a snoozefest!! The most interesting part was the foreward by Dave Navarro. Now his book I would really like to read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2006

    Entertaining!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The pages are falling out of my original copy. This book is witty and fascinating. Pamela is a hopeless romantic like so many of us. I loved the juicy details about one of my favorite groups, Led Zeppelin. Oh, to have Robert or Jimmy whisper into your ear the smile would never leave my face. Dear Jimmy was always ahead of his time... not just with the guitar, but with the 'other things' before they could be purchased easily on the Internet. You naughty boy! I've been lucky enough to meet some of my favorite artists and have not been disappointed. Lucky you, Miss Pamela, for having experienced so many of the artists you loved in a way I never will... Carla. Author of The Incentive & Apothecary. Coming... Jaded. 'Where suspense meets rock star romance.'

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

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    one of the greates books ever!

    i have never laughed so much as i did with this book! i caught myself every five mins laughing out loud. it made me realize i missed my generation...wonder, exciting, lol, and sexy. this book is def a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    loved it !!!

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm reading it for the second time. Its that good. I love the fact that even though she slept with alot of these rock stars, she had real relationships with them no matter how short the time length.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2004

    Benefit of the doubt ...

    I thought this book resembled courage and depression ...she didn't ever seem truely happy ..I think the times change people, and that time, perhaps unexpectedly, gave her a turn for the worst ...all I can say is she's a brave woman to reviele all of those experiences to the universe ...I have to say I respect that ...I wouldn't mind 'hanging out' with Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page, ect. She isn't necesarily on the top of my idol list, but she definetly is an amazing woman, to me that is *

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Yawn

    I would rather read the dictionary cover to cover than read this book again. This book really had no plot other than make the reader wonder who she will have sex with next (if there is truly anyone on the planet who she HASN'T had sex with). It makes one wonder how many STD's she acquired. If you enjoy books like, 'The Happy Hooker' by Xaviera Hollander then this is the book for you.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    It's just ok

    While this book is great out of the gate, it lags in the middle and then gets downright slow, a must read for rock history fans if you can through it without falling asleep.

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