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I'm with the Band

Confessions of a Groupie
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The stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in this new edition that includes an afterword on the author's last 15 years of adventures.

As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years, she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa. As a member of the GTO's, a girl group masterminded by Frank Zappa, she was in the thick of the most revolutionary renaissance in the history of modern popular music.

Warm, witty, and sexy, this kiss-and-tell-all stands out as the perfect chronicle of one of rock 'n' roll's most thrilling eras.

©1987 Pamela Des Barres (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critiques

"Sunny, uninhibited prose." (Slate.com)

"She charms me every time she refuses to regret. And she regrets nothing." (Los Angeles Times)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/05/2012

Un-listenable....

I really, really loved this book when it came out. A wild sordid story of one girl living an unconventional life in the 60's when California rock was being born. I read and re- read it and was SO excited to revisit it on audible. Miss Pamela ruins her own story by not out sourcing the reading to someone else. Her over dramatic and breathless reading, not to mention the need she feels to sing off key bits and pieces of songs allowed me to stomach about 40 min of this recording. I kept hoping and praying she would return to a normal voice once she got past her adolescence to no avail. It's really disappointing that the person that produced this didn't reign her in so that her amazing story could be told in a less distracting way. If you really want to experience this book, buy it and read it.

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  • Armstrong
  • 10/09/2011

Dont waste your money...........please

Easily the worst audible book I have purchased, horrible narration by the author, mostly reads from her diary from the 60's, 70's and 80's, poor, very poor. I kept skipping ahead thinking there was merit for someone to actually publish this but there are NO interesting chapters, none!!!!

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  • NJ
  • 09/09/2011

Dont waste your credits

Proof that not all authors should be allowed to narrate their own books. As if a story about a girl with zero self esteem and daddy issues is not boring enough, her performance is terrible and not up to Audible standards. This book can be summed up as 11 hours and a credit that I will never get back. Don't waste either, find a different book.

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  • Cuz Burchett
  • 12/12/2017

Disappointed

I was totally excited about this book, but only 20 mins in and I start to daydream. I made it several chapters before giving up. Reading this book is TORTUROUS.

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  • Kate L.
  • 24/04/2017

Sad

I really wanted to like this. Unfortunately this book reminded me of a nutty, washed up Aunt that took too much acid in the 70s and rambles on and on about her glory days. I kind of felt bad for her as she appears to be obsessed with famous men that never really respected her as a person. I thought there would be some juicy details about her relationships with rock stars, but it’s basically just her obsessively ranting about her love for these men who think she’s a daft groupie. I wish this was good, sadly it wasn't.

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  • Melissa
  • 23/05/2016

VAPID with a capital V

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 fascinating. Imagine that "friend of a friend" that you stealthily avoid because she just talks too much, drops names, peppers her "conversation" with song lyrics, and then tells you too much about the not much that is going on in the empty space between her ears. Yep, that one. Okay, now imagine this same little energy vampire talking to you in her giddy voice for nearly 11 hours, and you'll know all you could ever want to know about this book. The "confessions" of this groupie aren't particularly tasty; kind of like ordering something that sounds delicious and gourmet and then being handed a saltine.

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  • Jeanne Wagner
  • 24/10/2017

excellent!

A must for any music fan. Amazing stories from the glory days of rock music.

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  • Meghann
  • 25/10/2016

Do not buy! Do not buy! Do not buy!

I have over 200 titles in my library and I can say hands down this is the most annoying narration I've encountered. 3 hours in and absolutely had to turn it off.

The story is moderately interesting but the breathless, whiny, tone deaf, giggling, idiotic narration is horrific. I should have read the other reviews- don't waste your money, it really is that bad...

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  • Lucia
  • 30/09/2015

This lady sounds very pathetic

Like: intimate stories with rock legends
Dislike: her annoying voice, acting like a teenager, really bad attempts to sing.
Can't think of anyone I could recommend this book

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  • stacecoaster
  • 25/10/2013

Like you're sitting in her living room

Where does I'm with the Band rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of all the Autobiography's this is the top. The only one that might be better is Rob Lowe's.

What other book might you compare I'm with the Band to and why?

The book by John Taylor or Heart - both rock and roll memoirs. Nancy & Ann Wilsons was good, but Pamela Des Barres is way more engaging. John Taylor's was good, but I felt like he was telling me a story that I had already heard through the stuff I read thoughout the years. John Taylor's and Heart's audio books sounded like they read from their books. It got boring at times... Pamela let's me into a world I briefly encountered, and lets me live vicariously through her - knowing about the pains of having my heart broken, falling madly in love, having a crush, adoring the people who are so creative is makes your head explode and having the moment (in her case lots of moments) to be in the presence of them.

What does Pamela Des Barres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The way she narrates it. It's like you're sitting in her living room with her while she is sharing you her stories - like your big sister or Aunt does. She isn't reading, she is telling you stories. It could be word for word for her book, but she doesnt make you feel like she's reading from her book. Plus she breaks away and tells some small elaboration of a piece of a story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yeah! but I personally like listening to them in chunks... easier to digest.

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  • BPd
  • 31/07/2012

Pure Pleasure

Delightfully written, excellently author-read biography of girl dreams come true, replete with drama, fat names-dropping in the most endearing, personable style, which occasionally gives you another image of a star. I loved her story of how Jim Morrison talked her - successfully! - out of taking drugs. A lovely story by a somewhat spiritual witness to important cultural history full of humor about herself and nice things about others.
For Germans: So gut wie (und ähnlich wie) Ushi Obermaiers Biographie 'High Times', aber noch mehr girly und sehr viel besser gelesen. Macht einen Riesenunterschied...