Take Another Little Piece of My Heart
A Groupie Grows Up
Pamela Des Barres, celebrated “queen of the groupies,” chronicled her adventures with rock stars in her bestseller I'm with the Band. This book picks up where that one left off, with Pamela embarking on marriage and motherhood, all the while sharing quarters and making friends with stars: Don Johnson, Steve Jones, Sylvester Stallone, Bob Dylan, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bernhard. But this is a survivor's story—about the anguish of coping with loved ones' addictions, about suffering divorce, about the joys and terrors of raising a gifted son. And Pamela comes through it all with her grace, charm, and generous sense of humor intact. Now updated to include the next sixteen years of Pamela's adventures, this is a rollicking, piquant, and heartbreaking memoir.
In I'm with the Band, Southern California-based Des Barres chronicled her lustful liaisons with such rock legends as Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Keith Moon. This candid sequel, tracing her life since the 1970s, cannot surpass the first book's trashiness--few tales, true or fictional, do--but it is indisputably juicy, thanks to Des Barres's effervescence and no-holds-barred approa c h to celebrity gossip. She recalls a rough dozen years of marriage to singer-actor Michael Des Barres; tells of going into labor with their only child at the home of Frank Zappa; spends time with old cohorts Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith and admits she once fell for a woman, comedian Sandra Bernhard. Des Barres refuses to name names only in regard to a passionate one-year fling with a mega star referred to as ``HIM.'' Some readers may skim over the ``cosmic'' insights, most will sympathize with the plight of her emotionally troubled son and many will welcome the return of this irrepressible, unflaggingly optimistic writer. Author tour.