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Rock Bottom: Dark Moments In Music Babylon

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  212 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The dark moments of rock history fascinate and tantalize like the pathos of Greek tragedy. The bottom sinks lower, the air seems colder, the bad endings--whent they are bad--seem beyond bad. The unlucky practitioners of our most thriving form of communal experience seem to hit rock bottom in ways only the most glamorous among us can--publicly. The stories remain obscure, h ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Nycdreamin
This highly entertaining and yet disturbingly grim collection of tales of rock and roll excess was authored by a lady who knows her rock and roll well, and she knows too all about the excesses that come with the lifestyle, Pamela Des Barre.

Contained herein are the tales Ms. Pamela collected of some of rock and roll's brightest stars who shined brightly with promise and then burned out too soon: Syd Barrett, Jan Berry, Marc Bolan, John Bonham, Kurt Cobain, Eddie Cochran, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, J
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David Ward
Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon by Pamela Des Barres (St. Martin's Press 1996) (781.66). Author Pamela des Barres is well-known in the rock and roll world as a supergroupie. She has been linked to many of the most popular male rock stars of the 1960's and 1970's. This book focuses on the details of the untimely deaths (generally from drug overdose or other riotous living) of rock superstars: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and on and on. This includes some rocke ...more
Lisa Brandt
This is the dark side of fame. Des Barres is a really good writer and she peppers some of the stories with her own anecdotes about the artist. (For her colourful history, see "I'm With the Band".) An enjoyable and educational read for any music fan.
Connie Lauffer-Bliss
Written by Pamela Des Barres, one of the queens of the groupies back in the 60s,and author of other r&r themed books, this a collection of short stories about the sex, drugs, rock & roll and the untimely deaths of many famous singers of mostly the 60's and 70's. Included were Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Keith Moon, Kurt Cobain, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin and many more, along with final chapters on a couple who are still alive but the debauchery such as Chuck Berry, ...more
Nocheevo
Jan 11, 2008 Nocheevo rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The voyuers
Shelves: music
Like the Hollywood Babylon books, Rock Bottom is a collection of voyueristic tales from the world of contempory music. Contempory in this sense refers to US-centric rock and/ or roll, and as all good rock it riffs on all the expected themes of debauchery, indulgence, vanity and failures.

Written/ collected by a 60s uber-groupie, some of the stories have a personal angle which puts the book above the "bitchiness" in Hollywood Babylon. At the close of the book though it is still trash. A quick easy
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Beverly J.
While the writing is good and the topic is salacious, most of these stories were just too old for me to identify with and enjoy.
Jason
The story about Dennis Wilson is heartbreaking. Great read.
Heather
Great book if you want to read about Pamela Des Barres.
Rich
The groupies groupie's take on the dark side...
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Pamela Des Barres aka Miss Pamela (born Pamela Ann Miller on September 9, 1948) is a former rock and roll groupie, author, and magazine writer.

Des Barres was born in Reseda, California. Her mother was a housewife and her father worked for Anheuser-Busch and occasionally worked as a gold miner. She idolized the Beatles and Elvis Presley as a child, and fantasized about meeting and dating her favori
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