Meet Pamela Des Barres, writer, journalist, rock `n roll historian and Queen of the Supergroupies. She is most famous for her 1987 tell-all I'm With The Band, an intimate portrait of her sexual exploits and longtime escapades with such notorious...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Watch a sneak preview of the VH1 Rock Docs special "Let's Spend the Night Together," premiering December 15th at 8:30/7:30c!
Meet Pamela Des Barres, writer, journalist, rock `n roll historian and Queen of the Supergroupies. She is most famous for her 1987 tell-all I'm With The Band, an intimate portrait of her sexual exploits and longtime escapades with such notorious rockers as Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison and Jimmy Page. "Miss Pamela" as she was christened during her '60s heyday as a member of all-girl band the GTOs, has spent the last few decades extolling the merits of the rock concubine lifestyle. She has given light to some of the most personal details of rock `n roll's greatest. In her latest book, Let's Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies, Pamela focuses on her successors and some of her contemporaries. The book provides the perfect framework for "Lets Spend the Night Together" (working title) which will follow Pamela on a road trip as she visits many of these legendary women. From the outer limits of Salt Lake City to the southern end of Little Rock, Arkansas, some of rock `n roll's most beloved dolls will re-emerge to share their stories. While each of the cities will provide the perfect visual backdrop for the documentary, they also reveal a little bit about each of the women. How did the infamous Tura Satana, the stunning burlesque dancer known for teaching Elvis to dance, end up in a small town outside of Salt Lake City? Why did Michele Overman, famous for her ongoing affair with Led Zeppelin's front man Robert Plant finally seek refuge in the cozy Northwestern corner of Portland, Oregon? Their lives now have all to do with the lives they led back in the day when love was free and rock `n roll was paramount. And while the salacious details of their intimate pastimes remain the obvious attraction, it's the unexpected human side of their relationship with these rock gods that is the most intriguing. While making a plaster cast of some of music's finest and most prized "packages," Cynthia Plaster Caster saw a more vulnerable side to the normally narcissistic rocker. While Jimi Hendrix submerged himself into a mysterious concoction, he was actually giving something to her, something private and precious. He trusted her. Back in the day there was an air of innocence and openness that allowed young girls like Lori Mattix to enter the supreme world of Jimi Page and David Bowie. Nowadays, groupies are up against models, actresses, singers, heiresses, you name it. The music business has also had its fair share of transformation since the 70's, functioning more like a corporation than an artistic playground. The 1980's began with an irreversible shift in consciousness as the music industry lost one of its prized gifts, John Lennon to a supposed "fan." The relationship between fan/groupie and artist was forever changed. And even though the ladies still managed to find their way backstage the arrival of the AIDS virus in 1981 would no doubt put a damper on the once free-spirited late 60's and early 70's lifestyle. This documentary is a tribute not only to the Golden Age of Groupie, but really the Golden Age of Rock and Roll. The groupies of the late 60's and early 70's were not out for the money or the fame. They were there because they loved the music and the music loved them. Many songs were written to celebrate these women, Kiss' "Plaster Caster" and Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band" lyrics pay homage to Cynthia Plaster Caster and the infamous Sweet Connie. But it's Led Zeppelin's "Going to California" that provides the ultimate tribute to the Supergroupies of the 60's and 70's. It validates these women as true muses who opened their hearts and their lives to the nomadic rock star seeking comfort, companionship and inspiration in a faraway city. "Made up my mind, make a new start Goin' to California with an achin' in my heart Someone told me there's a girl out there With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair" -- Led Zeppelin