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I'm With the Band: Confessions d'une groupie (MUSIQUES)

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Intégrée dans le milieu rock de Los Angeles par Captain Beefheart qu’elle rencontre alors qu’elle est encore au lycée, Pamela va très vite se faire une place dans ce petit monde. D’abord en tant que fan prête à tout pour attirer le regards des rockstars puis en montant elle aussi sur scène aux côtés des GTO’s - groupe de rock composé uniquement de groupies et chaperonné ...more
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Published November 10th 2016 by Le Mot et le reste (first published June 1987)
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Madeline
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Pamela Des Barres grew up living a comfortable middle-class life in Reseda California. She had loving parents and a stable home life, and all signs pointed to her leading a perfectly ordinary life. But somewhere along the line, Pamela Miller became Pamela Des Barres, one of the most legendary groupies who had a front-row seat (or, more accurately, a backstage pass) to the greatest era in rock and roll history. I'm With the Band is her story. If you've ever watched Almost Famous and found ...more
Genevieve
Nov 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
her description of paul mccartney's balls is priceless.
Vanessa
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get the whole worshipping at the altar of the rock god but this often bordered on ridiculous obsession. I was impressed by the creative means Pamela went to make her rock wet dreams come true. She really puts herself in the midst of the scene, time after time. Ruthlessly pursuing the latest shiniest hip swivelling rock star to catch her attention. I’m equally grossed out and in awe of her...or maybe just a little bit jealous!Although this book is not about the writing, it’s atrocious at times, ...more
mark monday
Oct 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: he-said-she-said
the main thing that i remember about this book is the image of timothy hutton leaving a bathroom with a trail of toilet paper emerging like a banner from between his asscheeks. oh the humanity. this short bit acts as a capper on the basically contemptuous timothy hutton sequence. the tone throughout the rest of this sexual travelogue is less contemptuous and almost wry, deadpan. but if you are looking for any actual insight into the various celebrities, look elsewhere - this book is not for you. ...more
Sarah
Sep 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm ashamed to admit I read this book, but it's nearing the end of the year, people, and I need to knock out the rest of my Gilmore Girls list! This book was horrible. Absolutely horrible. I came into it with high hopes. I was expecting it would be like "Almost Famous," and was excited to read about the real-life Penny Lane.

Nope. It was just gross. First of all, Pamela Des Barres can't write to save her life. She would throw in random quotes from rock songs (i.e. "Girl, we couldn't get much
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Tassa DeSalada
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pam deBarres is the quintessential party girl. She’s had a wonderfully fulfilling life meeting all sorts of rock stars because she knows how to meet them. Throughout her life, she slowly learned how to approach them, and to present herself in such a way that these rock stars can’t say no to her. What fun!

Her lifestyle is extreme, and I would have held back long before she went that far. But that’s why I read her book. She shares her stories with her readers. She has the personality, the looks,
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Eileen
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was unexpectedly inspirational for me in my formative years, I think because I hadn't heard of many women who managed to participate in the world of rock without losing their voices. Does that sound odd? It isn't when you think how many women are treated as accoutrements or decorations in that world. Pamela des Barres may have participated in that, but she did it on her own terms and created a unique and interesting identity.

This isn't a feminist text, but it isn't actually
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Chantel McCray
"Miss Pamela" attached herself to absolutely anyone on the rock scene, so there is some good gossip here. She brags about her sexual exploits with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, among many, many, many others. The narrative is interwoven with excerpts from her diary, the parts of the book I found it hardest to read. In them she just seems like such an insecure, immature idiot. Absolutely anything a musician would do, no matter how disgusting, degrading or idiotic, was ...more
Kerstin
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my bible for a long time. Despite how it is marketed, it is less name-dropping, gossipy chick lit and more the unapologetic, heartfelt diary of one teenaged girl's sexual awakening. Granted, this particular teenaged girl happened to find herself in circumstances vastly favorable to your run-of-the-mill, zitty-boy-next-door scenarios during said awakening, but still--it's a thoroughly engaging, lovely story. Involving penii of famous dudes.
Melissa
Feb 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I listened to the Audible version (read by the author). I expected a really exciting tell-all about a magical and turbulent time in American pop history and some of the big personalities that inhabited my Los Angeles stomping grounds 20 years or so before I came on the scene. I was interested in a little behind the scenes 411 about Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, etc. Instead, this was a vapid, nearly 11 hour long monologue which was, for the most part, devoid of anything ...more
Bren
This book is sick! Like in a good way!

What a crazy life! This is the ultimate (not) guilty pleasure reading.
Caitlin Constantine
I have so many thoughts about this book, I'm not even sure where to begin. Let me start with the fact that it was way enjoyable to read. Des Barres has a writing style that isn't terribly polished yet is very fun and enthusiastic and even has moments of literary brilliance. I can see why she was so drawn toward performing, because she's got the spark of an artist in her soul. And it's a very juicy read, with lots of sex with rock stars (which is exactly what you would expect from a book like ...more
Jim
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
When I started reading this one I expected that I would be in for a bunch of the same old sensationalist tripe that one would expect from a jaded ditch pig who has taken to sharing titillating tidbits of her past as a desperate last shot at fame and/or fortune. There is a bit of that here: in my humble opinion Pamela has the morals of a guttersnipe. Let's face it; she does drugs (and sells them)and drops her drawers for anyone who happens to be famous or has the remotest chance of becoming so. ...more
Andy
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rock-sleaze
The best rock books about the Sixties are ironically not written by the musicians themselves but all the people peripheral to the action, and Pamela Des Barres of the GTO's is one. I like the stories about the legendary Hollywood Teen Fair, the early glam rock days at the Continental Hyatt House and The GTO's. There's not a boring page in this one!
Mark Desrosiers
Nov 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
Miss Pamela is actually a fun, insightful writer (she calls her early bra-stuffing "bewitching fraudulence" for example), and little did any of the boys she bedded and fellated know that she'd use her experience to reframe rock history. Here, we begin with Captain Beefheart (after an interval in which she must write down Beatle Paul's name every time she farts) and go on to Iron Butterfly, the Byrds, the Doors (ugh), Frank Zappa (barf), the Flying Burrito Brothers, Led Zeppelin... um... Don ...more
Holly
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This woman has a lot of interesting stories to tell and her writing was very easy to read. The 2005 version includes an introduction by Dave Navarro and he says that female readers will all be jealous of Pamela Des Barres. I think that's a dangerous assumption to make, considering she spends all of her time throwing away her dreams, being a dance escort, and can't find happiness without a man to give it to her. After a certain point I feel kind of bad for Pamela because she just non stop talks ...more
Frona
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I wanted to know what makes one choose such a peculiar life-style as one of a groupy doubtless is. The book didn't give me the anwser, but perhaps showed me the cultural environment where asking questions like that is just as pointless as to expect any reason at all. At its best, this book is a document of the sixties in LA, of how freedom and lunacy, reality and fantasy intermingled. Unfortunatly the author's voice remains hidden in the neverending descriptions of ...more
Brooke Everett
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If given the opportunity, I would bang Mick Jagger in a heartbeat. So, naturally, I was super into reading the memoirs of the woman who had done just that. And it was young, beautiful, late 60s / early 70s Mick - all pillowy lips, shaggy hair, and the smallest ass on the planet.

I love listening to my parents' stories from this era; I've often thought I was born in the wrong time period. The music, the clothes, the new attitudes just bubbling up - it was an amazing time in America. My parents
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Tlingit
So far I'm on page 11X. I'm wondering if I should keep reading this book. Up to this point this woman is one of the most annoying people I've ever read. If she were a teenager now she'd be writing things like: "OMG! Like really! His PENIS was so beautiful! HA!"
The details are lax. The book so far is like a hippy fantasy. I am continuing to read this in the hopes that this woman develops a brain and if not that then some kind of self esteem or whatever she needs to get a better hobby than just
...more
Susie
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This was a complete and utter train wreck of a book. The writing was horrendous, and if not for the subject matter, I felt like it was written by a 6th grader. The storytelling was shoddy and sloppy. I largely just felt sorry for the author. But despite all this, I could not put it down. Sleeping with either Jimmy Page or Mick Jagger would have been a life accomplishment, but Miss P slept with both of them; she had pseudo-relationships with both of them, among a number of others. She nannied for ...more
Stacey D.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This entertaining tale could have easily gone awry, if it weren't in the hands of a credible, lucid and intelligent author. Des Barres brings us her juicy, sex and love-flled story that took place in the flower power-hippie counterculture-peace-free love-sex, drugs and rock 'n roll timemachine that earmarked the 1960's through the mid-70's.

This memoir is starstudded with legendary musicians, actors and very memorable characters whom the divine Miss P met and knew intimately (wow!) way back
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Gabrielle
My feelings about this book are in constant flux. Music has always been a very important part of my life and when I was younger (teens to early twenties), I romanticized musicians to the extreme. Then I dabbled in the music scene myself, dated a few musicians… and needless to say that rock stars lost a lot of their sex-appeal… Word of advice: dating musicians is almost always a bad idea.

The first time I read “I’m With the Band”, I thought she was making it up as she went along. After all, Des
...more
Gina M Jordan
I had a difficult time getting into this at first, it read like my 12 year old diary & was too self-centered and frothy, flighty to the extreme and made me remember those years of being on the rollercoaster of having my worth determined by whether I was wanted or valued by another, or not. Unfortunately for Pam Miller, she never seems to have learned to value herself, even when she's trying to convince us she has, her story tells the truth. Miller was a woman who had to be "in love" with ...more
Jeannie
Jul 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in this subject matter, anyone wanting to be scandalized!
Shelves: i-own
I gave this book 4 stars because I really did like it but then again...... I really didn't. I'm so conflicted on how to review this book. I'm not sure how to describe the way Pamela writes, poetic at times, self fullfilling at others, plain out not understandable throughout most of it...she rambles a lot.

Still I have to say that I enjoyed this book because of the era.....the history of a place in time that will never be again. Rock n roll, hippies, free love, groupies, drugs, sex and all that
...more
Tatiana
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has stood in the front row, lost in the music, dreaming of backstage access
Recommended to Tatiana by: sucked in by the cover photo
This book was so great I plowed through it in less than 24 hours after getting it. Miss Pamela was a true rock n roll courtesan and glided with ease through the lives of legends like Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, and Mick Jagger. At the heart of it all, she is a true super fan and she never "grew out" of the ability to go stark raving mad for a guy rocking out on a guitar. I could have done without so much of the straight-from-the-diary introspection, but it also made the memoir more accurate by ...more
Bethany
May 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-bio
Mmm, salacious readings!

Or not.

This really wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. Miss Pamela is frank, but not explicit. Actually, I debated for a while whether to read this or not, but I finally decided I would. It was all done in the name of research, though, so I'm glad it was relatively mild. (To get in the proper mindset for a story I'm writing, I am reading almost every sixties memoir/biography I find that looks interesting. Though let's face it, I'd probably end up doing that at some point
...more
C!NDY  L00
If you enjoy reading about sex, drugs and rock & roll, then this book will be to your liking. It's what I consider a "guilty pleasure" read - complete brain candy - filling, but with no lasting nourishing value. I occasionally like gossipy books about celebrities, as well as rock stars and this has both of each. I read it some years ago, but from what I remember there is a lot about Mick Jagger, Keith Moon and even more of Jimmy Page of the late 60's and early 70's. Free sex and love with an ...more
Mary vO
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book that involves knocking boots with Jimmy Page is alright by me. Always chose him over Robert Plant, myself.

Seems Ms. Des Barres didn't knock out nearly as many brain cells as she lets on, as this is a very densely detailed (down to Rod Stewart's outfits and Mick Jagger's half-smiles) account of her many summers of love. Best line: "I was turned inside out, pulsating with creamy pink desire for the most coveted hunk of drool material." Read the book to find out just who she was drooling
...more
Anne
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read about the rock'n roll life from a woman's perspective after The Dirt, but reading this is like reading a girl's journal or teen magazine, only the boys are rock stars. And if I ever wondered: A girl's true dream & ambition is to marry and have kids. Only these husbands/fathers are rock stars.

So disappointed. Or to write in Pamela's style: Sooooo DISAPPOINTED. I can't believe she's pursued a career in journalism, this book is not well written. Maybe it's by choice, I just
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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
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“November 18. . . I dig musicians, I feel they have the most to offer me mentally and emotionally because they think basically along the same lines that I do; extremely creative people. Music is Life. As Captain Beefheart once said 'God is a perfect musical note.” 15 likes
“I was floating around in the Garden of Eden, thrilled to be a human being at the Human-Be-In, knowing the world could be saved if we loved one another. I was draped in flowers, bestowed upon me by my brothers and sisters. I was laughing, loving, breathing Princess of Peace...” 8 likes
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