Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music

Rock Bottom Dark Moments in Music The best selling author of I m With the Band the classic groupie memoir now writes from the relatively upright perspective of a magazine journalist Pamela Des Barres recounts the classic tales of ro

  • Title: Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music
  • Author: Pamela Des Barres
  • ISBN: 9780349108407
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • The best selling author of I m With the Band, the classic groupie memoir, now writes from the relatively upright perspective of a magazine journalist Pamela Des Barres recounts the classic tales of rock star overindulgence, and the book s own press material honestly bills it as a compendium of horror stories Rock Bottom contains something to offend just about anyone, bThe best selling author of I m With the Band, the classic groupie memoir, now writes from the relatively upright perspective of a magazine journalist Pamela Des Barres recounts the classic tales of rock star overindulgence, and the book s own press material honestly bills it as a compendium of horror stories Rock Bottom contains something to offend just about anyone, but, strange to say, the book is actually quite readable as an appropriately skewed history of rock Des Barres seems to have diligently done her research, talking to the principles of the mayhem, or, in many cases, to their survivors, and does deliver a series of pieces documenting some very dark corners of pop culture.

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    1. This is the dark side of fame. Des Barres is a really good writer and she peppers some of the stories with her own anecdotes about the artist. (For her colourful history, see "I'm With the Band".) An enjoyable and educational read for any music fan.

    2. Written by Pamela Des Barres, one of the queens of the groupies back in the 60s,and author of other r&r themed books, this a collection of short stories about the sex, drugs, rock & roll and the untimely deaths of many famous singers of mostly the 60's and 70's. Included were Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Keith Moon, Kurt Cobain, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin and many more, along with final chapters on a couple who are still alive but the debauchery such as Chuck Berry, [...]

    3. I've been reading way to little in the last few months, and to get myself back in the habit of picking up a book I decided to start with an easy read. Rock Bottom is a collection of stories about musicians (almost all of them men for some reason, I think Janis Joplin is the only woman featured in the book) who met some kind of downfall. The collection of people seem a bit odd. They are not musicians from the same era or same genres, it seems pretty random. There are a lot of things (drug abuse, [...]

    4. I read Pamela's first groupie book years ago and thought her writing was fantastic. I loved the story she told and her downright honesty about what she did and didn't do with any number of musicians in Hollywood in the 70's and 80's. That book, I gave five stars.This one, not so much. I don't know if I changed (read: grew up) and expected more from an author, but her writing left a LOT to be desired with this book. The stories did get better - or I just got more interested - as the book moved on [...]

    5. Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon by Pamela Des Barres (St. Martin's Press 1996) (781.66). Author Pamela des Barres is well-known in the rock and roll world as a supergroupie. She has been linked to many of the most popular male rock stars of the 1960's and 1970's. This book focuses on the details of the untimely deaths (generally from drug overdose or other riotous living) of rock superstars: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and on and on. This includes some rocke [...]

    6. Like the Hollywood Babylon books, Rock Bottom is a collection of voyueristic tales from the world of contempory music. Contempory in this sense refers to US-centric rock and/ or roll, and as all good rock it riffs on all the expected themes of debauchery, indulgence, vanity and failures.Written/ collected by a 60s uber-groupie, some of the stories have a personal angle which puts the book above the "bitchiness" in Hollywood Babylon. At the close of the book though it is still trash. A quick easy [...]

    7. Interesting read about the dirty dark side of several players in the music business. It is a "tell all" sort of book, written by a groupie. Enjoyable, but you're not going to feel any smarter or fulfilled after reading this book

    8. While the writing is good and the topic is salacious, most of these stories were just too old for me to identify with and enjoy.

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