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I'm with the Band by Pamela Des Barres
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Jun 03, 2011

bookshelves: l-a, its-only-rock-n-roll, memoir
Read from January 06 to 11, 2012

Silly, trashy fun. More later (proably)

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Jeff Tucker I'm glad you're enjoying that book, Suzanne, I loved it. Pamela is quite a character.

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Suzanne She is indeed. She seems fearless. What a life she had.

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Julie Is the Penny Lane (the queen bee of SoCal groupies) character in "Almost Famous" based on Pam Des Barres? One of my favorite movies of all time. In my next life, I want to come back as a 20 something the early 70s. Great time to be a little kid- I have the best memories- but I think I missed some juicy bits.

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Suzanne Pamela mentions “Almost Famous”-- and also “The Banger Sisters”-- in the Epilogue (I skipped ahead a little). She says Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn “both admitted to using me for inspiration in their groupie roles. Kate told me she had pictures of me up on her dressing room walls.” Definitely a matter of inspiration, though, rather than trying to capture Pamela’s personality, which to me is coming across as much flightier. I seem to remember Penny’s character as being more serene, although it’s been a very long time since I saw the movie. Kate Hudson brought such a luminous quality to that role. I should rent that and watch it after I finish this book.

The early ‘70s were indeed an interesting time. I was in my late teens. DesBarres certainly threw herself into the free-wheeling spirit of the time, made a career out of throwing herself into it. Although the writing is atrocious, I am warming up to her and beginning to appreciate her exuberance.

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