I don’t like the word groupie…

group·ie

noun \ˈgrü-pē\

Definition of GROUPIE

1: a fan of a rock group who usually follows the group around on concert tours.

Lame-ass definition. Thanks a lot Merriam Webster.

I read Pamela Des Barres book, “I’m with the band, confessions of a groupie” in 1987. Still have my dog-eared and much yellowed copy. I was instantly smitten with her! Shamelessly in love with pop stars! broken hearts! Backstage gallivanting! Such romance!images

I absorbed her sense of style thru the pages, she spoke of fashion quite often. It was quite refreshing to me to get a new perspective on “what the kids” wore in the 60′s, layering 1920′s and 30′s chiffon pieces with heavier textures like furs and leathers. And glitter. Always glitter.

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Miss Pamela and Miss Cynderella

 

Pam style quote:

“A hippie was sort of the unwashed, unkempt kid. A freak was someone who put a lot of care and intention into their appearance, wanting to stand out instead of blend in. I was a combination flower child-freak, because the former was all about love and sharing and adoring each other and having flowers in your hair, literally, and lace and feathers and all that. I never considered myself a hippie. She’d be wearing one of those Indian madras-type skirts with her hair split down the middle, no makeup, sandals, braless – of course, we were all braless. I would have on an old vintage lace tablecloth with ribbons woven through it, feathers in my hair, loads of makeup, sequins stuck all over my face, and spike heels.”

My aunt was a hippie. She was a nice girl from upstate New York who bought tickets to Woodstock! After the first day when she saw the state of the bathrooms, she turned tail and went home. Eventually becoming a braless patchouli wearing card carrying hippie. She gave me the most amazing suede fringe jacket that she wore on a pilgrimage across California, culminating at the Fillmore east to see the Grateful Dead in the late 60′s.

Post reading Pam’s book in the 80′s cued a full fledged Led Zepplin obsession, including her former beau and not-so-nice-guy Jimmy Page. I watched Kenneth Anger films in the USC film library. Even a little Alistair Crowley creeped in to my reading list. Occasional visitor at Magickal Childe.

Oh yes, I dabbled.

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Lori Maddox and Sable Starr

 

 

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Short lived rag about groupies, featuring groupies as models!

In googling or doing any sort of internet research about the groupie phenomenon on the 60′s and 70′s you inevitably encounter the “Baby Groupie”. In the early 70′s new crop of underage jail bait was unleashed in Hollywood. With 14 and 15 year old Lori Maddox and Sable Starr leading the pack. Sexual conquests included David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The New York Dolls, Jimmy Page to name a few.

These new girls paraded uninhibited “in your face sexuality” that seemed more feral in comparison with the “airy fairy” attitude of the GTO’s. What fascinated me most about these baby groupies was the unapologetic raw sexuality they exuded in photographs and in public, they looked far from innocent and much much older than they were. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these babies carried a knife in her platform boot!

In terms of style these girls were slick, hard and without shame, Just like the 70′s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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