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The Last Living Slut: Born In Iran, Bred Backstage

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3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  690 ratings  ·  114 reviews
A memoir of a girl who fled the Iranian Revolution - and found her salvation in the deliriously sexy life of a rock-'n'-roll groupie - Roxana Shirazi.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 12th 2010 by Harper Collins USA (first published June 1st 2010)
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Nikki
In some ways, The Last Living Slut reminds me of Nikki Sixx's book, The Heroin Diaries, in that it details the excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle, but Nikki's book was much more compelling, and even more introspective (despite his inflated sense of self-importance). I can buy what Shirazi said in the beginning, that women should be free to have sex with a lot of partners, too, without the terrible judgments about their worth as humans. So after reading her discussion on the word slut, and t ...more
Violette
I wish I could explain to you the utter vileness that was this book. It wasn't vile because it was loaded with sex. It was vile because it came from an emotionally unstable woman who clearly has no respect for herself or her body.

I kept waiting for this book to show me an "empowered" female, one who truly could reclaim the word "slut" in a positive way. This did not happen at all. I truly felt really bad for Shirazi. It felt as if though she was trying to convince herself, more than the reader,
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Emily
I feel very strongly about this book and I wrote a blog post awhile ago that sums those feelings up.

"I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about the topic of removing the bad connotation that goes with the word “slut”. There are slut-walks, books, articles, etc all with the idea that women should not be punished for having sex. They have an issue with the idea that a man can have a lot of sex and be called a stud while a woman is a slut. I fully support this. However, I recently read “The Last Living
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Jennifer
This book was a disappointment. I was intrigued by the premise of a Persian girl who came of age sexually in post-revolutionary Tehran and then ended up a rock & roll groupie.

Ms. Shirazi's introductory words on the word "slut" and the publisher's introduction made me think this book would be a uniquely feminist take on a woman who chose to turn the tables on rock stars sexually.

Alas this book was more tragic than empowering. Ms. Shirazi's tale might have an interesting international angle,
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Angie Never
This book was truly a difficult read. Although the author seemed to want to portray herself as a woman fully in control of her own sexuality, a vast majority of these stories played out more like someone who has been used and used bad. Being underage, being too drunk to consent - lots of moments were truly questionable from even the basest feminist perspective.

On a more shallow tip, I couldn't believe what nobody bands this girl was bragging about playing groupie to. You got f*ck*d by everybody
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Tim Meneely
I was disappointed, I'm sorry to say.

I gave this book a shot, because the author - obviously adept with language - seemed to be after a subversive feminist kiss-and-tell-all set against the backdrop of political activism at the onset of Iran's oppressive regime. It's a sensational pitch for a memoir. At some point I just got very sad, and very parched for any real rumination or introspection.

Language, however, and a surplus of unusual experiences, do not great writing make. Especially in a mem
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Julie Mason
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May 17, 2011 ~Jessica~I'm a Hoodie Ninja~ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ~Jessica~I'm a Hoodie Ninja~ by: Crystal
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This boook....WOW. It was gut wrenchingly real. Is that a word? I'm not sure.

She was born and raised in Tehran,Iran. Gunshots and bombings right outside her door were a normal everyday thing.

There were alot of parts that made me uncomfortable like grown ass men sleeping with her in Tehran. How she masturbated to a Guns n Roses video when she was a pre teen.

Gross things....how she would be on her period and still go bang the groups and groupies. *shudder*
How she got that abortion an
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Anna
This book seemed so promising! A girl who escapes from Iran and grows into her sexuality! But I was definitely disappointed. This book just seemed like a lot of name dropping, and the author seemed like she only wanted to shock. There are some great books that talk about sexual exploits in a frank way (The Sexual Life of Catherine M. comes to mind) that are interesting, but this isn't one of them. Also, I have a huge problem with someone who has a Masters in Gender Studies who calls people "not ...more
Patricia
This was a juicy read for sure, and I couldn't put it down. But I was troubled by a few things. The author seemed to think that her sexual prowess came from this deep inner lust, but her history (molested at five, beaten by her stepfather) really made her just a cliche. Pamela des Barnes' book, while tame in comparison, was at least a story of female empowerment as a groupie, whereas I ended up feeling sorry for Roxana and her lack of even a morsel of self-respect. Still, a great read for anyone ...more
Amy
Although I do not like putting a book down once I start reading it, if this would have been an option for me, it would have been put down, never to be looked at again before page 20. Because this book was required reading for a course, I had no choice but to trudge through.

The book is part penthouse letter (and a very badly written one at that), part political memoir (and I use that term loosely, having read real political memoirs that make this look juvenile at best, a little girl scream for at
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Jayne Lamb
Absolutely awful, and a huge disappointment.. this was reviewed in Bust magazine so I was hoping for an interesting academic take on the juxtaposition between Roxana's childhood under the Shah's restrictive regime and her new life as an immigrant in England. The first few chapters about her childhod in Tehran are readable, but the book quickly degenerates into an unorganized, inconsistent and poorly written account of sordid sex with also-ran English rock bands (you haven't heard of any of them. ...more
Dorrie
Shirazi would like us to believe that this is a tale of female sexual liberation by rock 'n' roll groupie royalty. However, I viewed it as a somewhat disturbing account of a troubled young woman who allowed herself to be used and abused by a bunch of B-list morons. In particular, Shirazi's description of sex with Josh Todd and Matt Sorum made me feel physically sick.

Overall, I did find the book very enjoyable and I admire her honesty. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys rock biogra
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Sara Keliipaakaua
Get ready to pull out your inner psychiatrist, imaginary prescription pad and the invisible Freudian-style therapy couch, this author is going to take you on a ride. By ride I mean a pathetic attempt at feminism cloaked in the nauseating cliché of the emotionally/psychologically/physically abused child/adolescent/adult female that becomes a promiscuous tween, stripper teen and ultimately, adult slut. The stories are sad and will prompt sympathy. The same sympathy that will turn a fun book about ...more
Timothy
Shirazi writes about her life following has been hair band bad boys that never grew up, and hair bands that never made it. She seems to think that this is somehow a cool thing. The jacket compares itself to "I'm With The Band," but don't be fooled, this is a book about sex in every demeaning way that woman can have it. If you don't feel soiled after reading this, don't worry, I feel soiled enough for all of us.
Megan
The reader controversy surrounding this book is understandable; the content IS rather raunchy and explicit, but where some classify the work in its entirety as sad, blasphemous self-promotion, others (myself included) would call it an interesting look into a lifestyle that is both foreign and interesting. At the beginning of the book Roxana includes a preface that explains how she views the word "slut" and how she hopes to take it back from its derogatory, defaming usage. She voices her opinion ...more
Charles
So, first things first: Yes, I picked this book up in hopes of a randy good-time depiction of groupiedom and wretched rock'n'roll excess. But "YMMV" varies most in the realm of the randy. There's a fair amount of Playboy or Penthouse level depiction, but little that engaged this reviewer's libido.

Far stronger are the parts of the autobiography devoted to Roxana's childhood in Iran, where her writing is at its best.

Once she arrives in England, her teenage and young-adulthood adulation of certain
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Sara
Get ready to pull out your inner psychiatrist, imaginary prescription pad and the invisible Freudian-style therapy couch, this author is going to take you on a ride. By ride I mean a pathetic attempt at feminism cloaked in the nauseating cliché of the emotionally/psychologically/physically abused child/adolescent/adult female that becomes a promiscuous tween, stripper teen and ultimately, adult slut. The stories are sad and will prompt sympathy. The same sympathy that will turn a fun book about ...more
Jeannie
"The Last Living Slut" was billed as a scandalous tell-all exploration into the seedy world of a modern rockstar groupie. Unfortunately, on this account, it just does not deliver. What Roxana Shirazi has produced herein is the biography of a sexually-abused young Iranian woman who, with her beloved grandmother at her side, escapes political persecution in her homeland, only to take up a debauched life in the UK years later. The names that are named are largely all B-grade musicians at best (Dizz ...more
Ashley
I went into this book with high hopes. Certainly a well-educated woman that publicly speaks on the topic of feminism at universities throughout Europe wouldn't fulfill every stereotype, right? What a let down. After reading this, I truly fill sorry for Roxana Shirazi and her warped sense of love and friendship. I hope she one day gets the help she so desperately needs.
Melissa
This book was a lot of fun to read, its the autobiography of a woman who grew up to become a rock groupie, she does not apoligize or make excuses for it, she just wants you know how much fun she had. You know, you're intrested on if she slept with any of your favorite rock stars, and not only does she name, names but she has the pictures published in the book. She does things I've never even heard of (I now know what "water sports" are). My only problem was being on the subway and always having ...more
Ashley
I don't know why in God's name I decided to read this crap. For a woman with a Masters in English, this book was poorly written- anon-stop stream of self-centered self-delusion covering deeply rooted psychoses. I was not surprised to read that she had herself institutionalized. After reading this I had serious doubts as to whether she should have left.

Shirazi is confusing and contradictory, one minute slathering on the self hatred and self doubt, the next minute talking about how she looks "hot
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Eilish
She gets pissed because people are being hypocritical when she manages to contradict herself repeatedly.
I would have probably liked it better if she just straight out admitted she was a groupie instead of trying to hide behind the bullshit about reclaiming the word slut and sexual freedom.
I see sexual freedom as having sex with whoever you want not feeling obligated to have sex with every guy in a band that asks you to. This was more depressing than liberating.
Kate
I read this book a while back and for the most part skimmed it as it was quite disgusting.

When I first started it I was quite interested to see the lifestyle of a real groupie and wanted to enjoy some raunchy stories. However, I ended up feeling quite sorry for her though as no one behaves in that way if they have self respect and to some extent, ethics! I'm not referring to the sex or the number of partners she tells about but the manner in which she does it, I dunno - something just didn't sit
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Sumiko
I thought it was an interesting look inside the "groupie" mind. She talks about a lot of currently popular bands, some from the 80s, and some I have never heard of before. Some wouldn't approve of certain parts, seeing as it's taboo to talk about. Overall the book is a great read for anyone who has ever wondered what a "groupie" is about.
April Lower
I really liked this book. I mean the title gives it all away so this book isn't for everyone! It takes a lot to catch and keep my interest and this for sure kept my interest from beginning to end. And it's not all just about her sexuality and the things she "did" to rockers, it's also about this confused, lost, soiled girl trying to find her way.
Cassi Damama
Sep 20, 2011 Cassi Damama rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone interested in seeing what SOMTIMES happens backstage...
Recommended to Cassi by: Kym Robey
Finished in ONE day - couldnt put it down....wow...WOW.....There were moments when i was reading this book actual GOBSMACKED -- with my mouth wide open and shaking my head in amazement. And I thought I had witnessed some crazy groupie action before...nu-uh! this girl makes Nikki Sixx look angelic in comparison .....
Vanessa
Jun 03, 2010 Vanessa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Vanessa by: no one
This must be the first book written by this author since the chapters do not finish and she runs from one situation/memory to another like a person suffering from a severe case of ADD.

Melissa
This book was great: hot sex scenes, raunchy humor, and intimate. It even has snapshots! Plus it made me want to bang some rockstars.
Caitlin Hoffer
Surprisingly frank. This story is told in a way that I feel most American readers will be shocked. Shirazi doesn't apologize, she doesn't add hardly any introspection, she doesn't sugar coat. She tells it exactly how it felt and in maybe 2 sentences at the end admits maybe she should have done it different but she doesn't seem to regret or wish.

I found this fascinating. Some of her phrases are so poetic and she paints a beautiful picture when she wants it to be beautiful. She is abrupt and doesn
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