jaynedoll (jaynedoll) wrote in vintagegroupies,

Books about groupies/rock wives/muses etc.

I think my favourite is probably Let's Spend the Night Together by Pamela Des barres. It's interviews with groupies, past and present and covers most of the well known girls.
I'm With The Band by Pamela Des Barres (1st groupie memoir I read so has a special place in my heart but personally I found it a bit too sanitised --- like everyone was perfect and loved her and the sex was amazing --- but it does have some good bits).
Dream On by Cyrinda Foxe. Cyrinda was the blonde in the Bowie video who was also married to David Johansen and Steven tyler, this is a decent enough memoir if a little bitter.
Rebel heart by Bebe Buell. Perversely this is probably my favourite groupie memoir even though I find Bebe a bit full of herself/quite bitchy at times.
hollywood Nights (I think that's the title) by Morgana Welch. ARound LA the same time as Sable and Lori.
Groupie by Jenny Fabian. Based around the late 60s scene of London. Personally I wasn't that keen on this.
Backstage passes by Angie Bowie. Definitely worth reading. Very entertaining.
Faithfull by Marianne Faithfull. again, another excellent book that covers her life before and after her affair with Mick Jagger. She's recently written a sequel but that's more reflections on her life than a memoir as such.
It's All Over Now by mandy Smith. Mandy was the underage girl who Bill Wyman took up with, married then dumped.
Paula Yates' autobiography. Somehow I feel this isn't as good as it could have been but it's still quite entertaining. Paula also wrote several other books on subjects like motherhood and her famous book of photos, Rock Stars in Their Underpants.
Touching From a Distance by Deborah Curtis. Heartbreaking story of wife of Ian Curtis of Joy Division. the movie Control was largely based on this.
Strange Days by Patricia Kenneally Morrison. Love this book, she was the writer who married Jim Morrison in a pagan ceremony. Very evocative of that period.
Wild child by Linda Ashcroft. Now discredited memoir by some girl who claims she was the love of Jim Morrison's life.
ARe you lonesome tonight? by Lucy De Barbin. I think that's what it's called. Another slightly strange memoir by a woman who claims to be the secret love of Elvis' life and to have had a child by him that was kept secret. Read it for yourself to decide.
Songs they Never Play on the Radio by James young. A great book about Nico towards the end of her life.

Also books that mention groupies but aren't about them as such.
Angry Women in Rock has an interview with Jarboe of the Swans that mentions her groupie past.
Walk This Way, the book about Aerosmith and The Dirt, the book about Motley Crue both mention lots of sordid groupie goings on. (OH and Hammer of the Gods is about Led Zeppelin but I thought it didn't mention as much about the groupies/women as I would have liked)
Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil is the book about punk that has some great quotes from the likes of Sable Starr but there's also a lesser known book covering the LA punk scene, We got the Neutron bomb by brendan Mullen that's got some great stuff in it.
This is all I can think of at the moment but I know there's more out there so please feel free to add them to this post.
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