Very interested to hear that they’re making a TV series based on Miss Pamela Des Barres’s autobiography, I’m With The Band. I completely lapped that book up last Christmas, thanks to Senti for the loan, and it’s led to some interesting conversations with other interesting people about the subject matter. My lovely Miss Senti and Charley are both groupies, and I often find it hard to explain to other people; not least because I’m not one, and so I’m explaining a life I don’t lead. But Pamela’s book was inspirational in plenty of other ways, and she was certainly a style icon.
They’ve cast the very brunette Zooey Deschanel as Pamela and, contrary to my very silly subject line, I’m sure she won’t be pooey. I’m just fascinated to see how it works as a series, rather than a movie.
And if the costume designer needs anything, just give me a call! 😉
I was recently loaned a copy of I’m With The Band and felt a natural affinity to Miss Pamela’s romantic ups and downs. Her desire to find her niche in life is very powerfully expressed and she’s an engaging hostess for her own life story. Perhaps because she was amongst the first recognised groupies, you feel she’s more genuine than most who followed in her wake. She really was genuinely being swept along by the music and the sexual revolution of the Sixties, rather than seeking the celebrity which so many seem to be motivated towards. And, of course, the word ‘groupie’ has different meanings for different people: for the Girls Together Outrageously it was clearly more about comradeship.
She was also attainably gorgeous. Even before I had read the book, I knew her as an absolute style icon. One of the handful of such women who could actually convince me to go blonde, because it just looks so fantastic on her. That soft, hippy look which was usually quite homemade and ramshackle – giving it an extra level of charm. Remnants and rags were stitched together to create dresses which look like they’ve been sized up from a tatty Victorian doll, and she painted the biggest eyelashes I’ve ever seen. Then in the early Seventies she darkened her hair and smartened up her look for a full-on vamp groupie look, with platforms and stockings, curls and lipstick. She still looks incredible now, and from what I hear is an incredibly lovely person. So, Miss Pamela, we salute you!