LAist interviews Miss Pamela Des Barres
Pamela Des Barres, of Frank Zappa's girl group, The GTOs, gained national attention with her first memoir, I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie. This best-seller was followed by Take Another Little Piece of My heart: A Groupie Grows Up and Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon. Des Barres also teaches writing classes, performs wedding ceremonies, and according to her website, can even be hired out for the weekend as a (purely platonic) galpal for 2,500 dollars.
Her newest book, Let's Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies is based on interviews Des Barres conducted with self-proclaimed groupies, rock wives, and a multitude of others who simply defy categorization. Divided into 24 self-contained chapters, the book is a fun and easy read. It focuses on the musical inspiration these muses provided, but does not spare the sordid details either. Here are the stories we have been waiting to hear - what was the deal with Patty D'Arbanville and Cat Stephens? Did Tura Satana of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! fame really teach Elvis to dance?
Next Thursday night at Book Soup, Pamela Des Barres will be reading from Let's Spend the Night Together. She will be joined by Cassandra Peterson, Gail Zappa, Pleasant Gehman, Miss Mercy, and a number of other women who are featured in the book. LAist caught up with Miss Pamela last Saturday and got this killer interview.
LAist: So, I just got the book last week, and I was looking at the first chapter on Tura Satana…is that what gave you the idea for the book, talking to her? Or had you already been developing that idea?
Pamela Des Barres: Oh, no. I had the idea already, and it was kind of magical how that happened. Because I was wanting someone who had been with Elvis. I wanted to start the book with someone who had slept with Elvis. That was real important to me because he was my first, you know, that’s what got me into rock and roll - and for many other people, I’m sure.
It was just sort of magical, because I went to a party for a friend of mine, and she was actually having it for all of the Russ Meyer girls.
(More after the jump!)