Biblio File, Popular Music
I'm With the Band: Muses, Groupies, and the Go-To Guys
This was rock's Golden Age, a hedonistic time of "sex and drugs and rock and roll" (when no one knew any better), a time that produced some of the most amazing popular music of the 20th century.
Here are a few of the best books by people who hobnobbed with rock and roll royalty — the wives and girlfriends, the groupies, and the go-to guys, those indispensable fellows (and gals) who "managed" things, without whom good times could not be had...
Wonderful Tonight, by Pattie Boyd
Faithfull, by Marianne Faithfull
Backstage Passes, by Angela Bowie
Having been briefly acquainted with Bowie during my Danceteria days in the early 80s, I can safely say I'm not surprised she didn't become the rock star she wanted to be... That said, for reasons known only to the gods, she was David Bowie's perfect Muse — his best work was done while they were together. This book was published after a court-ordered gag rule expired. A good read, if taken with a grain of salt.
I'm With the Band, by Pamela Des Barres
Miss O'Dell, by Chris O'Dell
Up and Down with the Rolling Stones, by Tony Sanchez
"Spanish Tony" Sanchez met the Rolling Stones in swinging 60s London, and eventually ended up working for Keith Richards, first at Redlands, and then at Nellcote in the south of France during the recording of Exile on Main Street, as a bodyguard, drug-procurer, and general dogsbody. He was a friend to all of the Stones' important women: Marianne Faithfull, Anita Pallenberg, and Bianca Jagger. This is the first, and the best, account by an insider about life with the Rolling Stones.
Under Their Thumb, by Bill German
German was the ultimate fan. From 1978 to 1993, he published the Rolling Stones fanzine Beggar's Banquet, getting to know the Stones pretty well along the way. An "innocent abroad," his observations of the band are fresh and honest, especially when describing his friendships with Ron Wood and Keith Richards. A great chronicle of the Stones' New York years.
For a fabulous collection of photos from this amazing time in popular culture, check out one of my favorite blogs, dietcokeandsympathy.blogspot.com.