June 2010 – Author, Groupie – Pamela Des Barres

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About

Pamela Des Barres was born in los angeles. During elementary school, her father moved the family to southern 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 favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney. Later, upon discovering the Rolling Stones, she daydreamed of Mick Jagger, while growing up in Los Angeles in the early 1960s.

Rock music groupie

A high school acquaintance introduced Pamela to Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart, a musician and friend of Frank Zappa. Van Vliet in turn introduced her to Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, which drew her to the rock music scene on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. She started to spend her time with The Byrds and other bands, and when she graduated from high school in 1966, she took various jobs that would allow her to live near the Sunset Strip and pursue relationships with rock musicians. One high school art class assignment was to visualize an object that showed both texture and color. Having fantisized about Mick Jagger’s male genitalia, it was the subject of her painting, which earned her an “A” grade for the assignment.After securing a position as the babysitter for Zappa, she at last found herself a few years later finally finding multiple opportunities to compare the drawing with the real object. She famously paired up as a friend Jim Morrison, and future sexual targets Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Nick St. Nicholas, Noel Redding, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, and actors Brandon de Wilde, Michael Richards and Don Johnson.

Music career

She was also a member of The GTO’s, an all-girl singing group formed by Zappa.The group started out as the Laurel Canyon Ballet Company, and began performing as an opening act for Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The group’s act was performance art, a mix of music and spoken word, since none of its members could sing or play an instrument. They released an album, Permanent Damage, in 1969, backed by Zappa and Jeff Beck. The group dissolved a month after the album’s release because some of its members were arrested for drug possession, and the GTOs were still something of an enigma, rather than true musicians, as she wrote in her diary.

Acting career

In the 1970s pamela decided to pursue a career as an actress, and acted in a few movies, including Zappa’s 200 Motels, commercials, and a year acting on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow in 1974. She continued to work as a nanny/babysitter for Zappa, who urged her to continue to keep up with the ongoing diary she had begun in high school, in which she had faithfully recorded the important details of her life. When her acting career stalled, she continued to work for the Zappa family as a nanny for Zappa’s children, Dweezil and Moon Unit.

Family life

On October 29, 1977, pamela married Michael Des Barres who had been lead singer for Detective (the first band signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records label), Silverhead, and who, in 1985, would be tour vocalist for Power Station. They have a son, Nicholas Dean Des Barres (GameFan magazine’s Nick Rox), who was born on September 30, 1978. The couple divorced in the summer of 1991,

Memoirs

pamela wrote two memoirs about her experience as a groupie, I’m with the Band (1987) and Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up (1993), as well as two other non-fiction books, Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon and Let’s Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies (Chicago Review Press, 2007). I’m with the Band was re-released as a “updated edition” in 2005.

pamela currently writes articles for online and print publications and teaches in Los Angeles. Her students have become known as “Pamela’s Girls,” and have achieved their own notoriety in the music industry. She has also become an ordained minister and performs weddings. She is a breast cancer survivor.

Taken from wikipedia

The LnL Questionnaire

Your favourite virtue?

HONESTY

Your favourite qualities in a man?

HONESTY, SENSUALITY, FEARLESSNESS, HUMOUR

Your favourite qualities in a woman?

LOYALTY, UNDERSTANDING, COMPASSION

Your main characteristic?

OPTIMISM

What draws you most to your friends?

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?

IN THE WORLD, AN END TO RACISM IN MY LIFEtime,

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?

JESUS

Your idea of happiness?

CUDDLING, PRAYING, CHANTING, GOING TO THE MOVIES, HEARING LIVE MUSIC, SUCH AS DYLAN OR THE WHITE STRIPES

What is your favourite way of spending the day?

TRAVELING, THRIFTING, FLEA MARKETS, READING MAGAZINES,

MAKING LOVE

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?

MARY MAGDALENE

Where would you most like to live?

EXACTLY WHERE I AM

Who is your favourite author?

JACK KEROUAC, HENRY MILLER, STEINBECK

Who is your favourite poet?

WALT WHITMAN, WILLIAM BLAKE, RILKE

Your favourite heroes in fiction?

CAL TRASK, TOM JOAD

Your favourite heroines in fiction?

SCARLETT O’HARA

Your favourite painters?

VAN GOGH, MONET, VICTOR HAYDEN

Who is your favourite composer?

MOZART, ZAPPA

Your favourite food?

VEGGIES

Your favourite drink?

ABSOLUT VODKA WITH ANYTHING

Who do you most admire?

AWAKENED PEOPLE SUCH AS ECKHART TOLLE AND MY SPIRITUAL TEACHER, LIGHT

What is your present state of mind?

JOYFUL, PEACEFUL, EXPECTANT, READY

For what fault have you most toleration?

LACK OF SELF-ESTEEM

Your favourite motto?

BE HERE NOW AND ‘YOU SHOULDN’T LET OTHER PEOPLE GET YOUR KICKS FOR YOU’- DYLAN

Favourite film?

GONE WITH THE WIND

Links

Amazon:

I’m with the Band

Let’s Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies

Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up

Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music

Pamela’s official site

Pamela on facebook


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