Rock of Ages is out this weekend, and if there was anything the glam metal rockers of the ’80s were known for — besides their big hair and sweet music — it was their groupies. These half-naked superfans were a lot edgier (and hopefully older) than the Beliebers of today.
We got another glimpse at an even earlier generation of groupies on Mad Men last season. In the Mad Men episode “Tea Leaves,” Don Draper does his best to get backstage at the Rolling Stones concert. Dressed like “the man” in his suit and tie, a look his much younger wife describes as “square,” Don and fellow ad man Harry Crane set out to try to get the Stones to sign on for a Heinz campaign. Instead of meeting the band, the pair hangs backstage with some teenage girls smoking joints — groupies! As we’ve come to expect from Mad Men, the show gave us a glimpse into the 1960s and its defining pop cultural characteristics. But if you want to know more about the real-life ladies who inspired the reference, here are eight groupie autobiographies to get in bed with. Read more …
“I consider ‘groupie’ a sexist term. I think it’s a misused term. I’ve seen Jerry Hall called a groupie in the English press, and this is a girl who gave Mick Jagger four babies, and how many years did she spend with him? When people just decide that every woman in rock and roll is a groupie because she dated a rock star or two, that’s when I draw the line. A groupie was the girl that came backstage offering the blow jobs to the crew or this or that. I was a rock girlfriend … I had lovely boyfriends. I think for your first three boyfriends to be Mick Jagger, Todd Rungren, and David Bowie, I think that’s okay.”
—Bebe Buell, aka the mother of Liv Tyler, talks to New York magazine about her reputation as one of the most famous groupies of all time. You gotta admit, homegirl did pretty well for herself back in the day. In addition to these guys, she was also linked to, duh, Steven Tyler and Elvis Costello. But Bebe didn’t just date rock stars. She also makes music. In fact, her first big album, Hard Love, drops soon.
Groupies aren’t usually seen as a positive force for women—the word has never exactly been associated with feminism. But groupies strike me as women who are owning their desires and getting what they want. There have been quite a few famous groupies over the years, but they still aren’t celebrated. And yet, as the fantasy of “Almost Famous” shows, we are intrigued. Here, a celebration of the most famous rock groupies and how they have evolved from the gypsy hippie girls of the 1960s to the pink haired Tumblr princesses of today.
The behind-the-scenes festivities of a sporting event or music concert include three basic essentials: food, drinks, and groupies. They’re fixtures in the after-party scene, clamoring for the attention and — oh dare they hope? — a moment of bad decision-making to wrangle the sperm of their wealthy and/or high-powered man targets. Keep reading »
Yesterday, I told you about some shows on the horizon that sound like serious stinkers. So it’s only fair that, today, I tell you about one that sounds truly awesome. Adorable Zooey Deschanel has signed on to do a new HBO show based on the book I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, by Pamela Des Barres, whose conquests included Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Don Johnson, and loads of other famous ’60s musicians and actors. Zooey is executive producing the show, along with one of the producers behind “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” And supposedly the show will make use of archival ’60s footage, along with frequent orgy scenes. We’re expecting “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” gone rock ‘n’ roll. [Gawker] Keep reading »
According to CNN, 80 to 90 percent of the pro athletes out there cheat—the latest being murder-suicide victim, Steve McNair. Without getting into the whys — because the blow jobs are better, because it feeds the ego, because they are constantly on the road, because, well, they can — Lisa DePaulo is giving some insight into how these non-relationship relationships go down on The Daily Beast. It all has to do with the social rules almost every athlete and mistress follows — a code that McNair’s girl on the side (or one of them), didn’t adhere to, apparently. (If you remember, DePaulo has a bit of experience covering athletes and the lady-folk who follow them; she hung out with and wrote about a gaggle of NBA groupies during the All-Star weekend for GQ. Read it, if you haven’t already.) According to her, McNair and 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi weren’t playing by the rules… Keep reading »
You remember the book, don’t you? It was a New York Times best seller penned by Karrine Steffans, the infamous groupie who managed to get her claws — or, more to the point, her mouth — on every major rapper, from Sean “Puffy” Combs to Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. She’s now lauched a DVD appropriately titled, “Kiss and Tail: The Hollywood Jump Off.” While she does rehash the same old story of how she, er, climbed her way to the top of the groupie ladder, she adds another dimension: interviews from her famous conquests. Akon, Ja Rule and Big Boi of Outkast are a few of the many artists and actors who give their side of the story on the DVD. The video is available right now at Best Buy of all places for only $14.99. [Global Grind] Keep reading »