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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Classic Rock Recalled by World's Most Famous Groupie

Pamela Des Barres and I have met before. It was 1987 and I was two. My mother, through her job with an apartment rental company, had become acquainted with Pamela's then soon-to-be-ex-husband, the actor and musician Michael Des Barres. She babysat the couple's son a few times and scored an autographed copy of Pamela's just-released memoir, I'm With The Band. A brief encounter to be sure, but Miss Pamela, as she's known to those who know her, laughs when I tell her the story and says, "everything comes full circle, doesn't it."

That holds true for the professional life of Miss Pamela, too: I'm With The Band, a book that detailed her connections, romantic and otherwise, to musical acts as famous and as varied as Led Zeppelin and the Flying Burrito Brothers, turns thirty this year, but she hasn't frozen in time: Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin' Memoir, out now from TarcherPerigree, is her fifth book, and an extension of the writing workshops she started teaching in Los Angeles a dozen years ago. I'm With The Band is many things: a story about bands, a piece of history and a living, breathing chronicle of a woman's interior life (Des Barres kept a diary for years and was able to reconstruct scenes and feelings from her own words and her extraordinarily precise memory).

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