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"Ken Boxer Live," Pamela des Barres, 1960's-Era Rock Star Groupie and Writer
Pamela Des Barres
Barely 30 seconds in and Pamela Des Barres has not so much name-dropped as chucked her diary on the table. Then, as we scan the menu in the rapidly busying Friday night dining room of an in-crowd Hollywood hotel, I idly enquire as to her dietary habits. And I saw on the back of the menu how we get the red meat. And I was so appalled that I stopped that day. In bracing detail, the woman born Pamela Miller in Reseda, California, details her high jinks on the Sunset Strip of lates and earlys Los Angeles. She alchemised adolescent Beatles fandom into a new type of ardour: that of the groupie. A groupie takes the next step.
Pamela Des Barres born Pamela Ann Miller ; September 9, is a former rock and roll groupie , musician, and actress. Today she is an author, magazine writer, and writing teacher. Des Barres' parents were from Kentucky. Just before she was born, her father moved the family to southern California. She started to spend her time with the Byrds and other bands, and when she graduated from high school in , she took various jobs that would allow her to live near the Sunset Strip and pursue relationships with rock musicians.
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This was taken in New York in January I was on my third American tour with Silverhead, a band that weighed collectively lb — the most decadent bunch ever. We were considered a glam-rock band, which was just nonsense. Andy Warhol was making a movie. They had originally cast Keith Moon to play a self-destructive rock star — unbelievable! But Keith had gone missing. They looked around and found me.
I was eight years old and saw him on Ed Sullivan, and that was all it took. The voice, the face, the hips… it was the whole package. No one had ever seen the sort of stuff he was doing before except for in the black community. So he was bringing all those sexy black elements into a white world that desperately needed it. And I just took it from there.