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Queen of the Groupies, Miss Pamela of the GTO`s, Writer
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Pamela Des Barres aka Miss Pamela (born Pamela Ann Miller on September 9, 1948) is a former rock and roll groupie, author, and magazine writer.
Des Barres was born in Reseda, California. Her mother was a housewife and her father worked for Anheuser-Busch and occasionally worked as a gold miner. She idolized the Beatles and Elvis Presley as a child, and fantasized about meeting and dating her favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney.
A high school acquaintaince introduced Pamela to Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart, a musician and friend of Frank Zappa. Vliet in turn introduced her to Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, which drew her to the rock music scene on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. She started to spend her time with The Byrds and other bands, and when she graduated from high school in 1966, she took various jobs that would allow her to live near the Sunset Strip and pursue relationships with rock musicians. She famously paired up with Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Nick St. Nicholas, Noel Redding, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, and actors Brandon de Wilde and Don Johnson.
She was also a member of The GTOs, an all-girl singing group formed by Zappa. The group started out as the Laurel Canyon Ballet Company, and began performing as an opening act for Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The group`s act was performance art, a mix of music and spoken word, since none of its members could sing or play an instrument. They released an album, ‘Permanent Damage’ in 1969, backed by Zappa and Jeff Beck. The group dissolved a month after the album`s release because some of its members were arrested for drug possession.
In the 1970s Des Barres decided to pursue a career as an actress, and acted in a few movies, including Zappa`s ‘200 Motels’, commercials, and a year acting on the soap opera ‘Search for Tomorrow’ in 1974. After a downturn in her acting career she went to work as a nanny for Zappa`s children, Dweezil and Moon Unit.
On October 29, 1977, she married Michael Des Barres who had been lead singer for Detective (the first band signed to Led Zeppelin`s Swan Song Records label), Silverhead, and, briefly, for Power Station. They have a son, Nicholas Dean Des Barres (GameFan magazine`s Nick Rox), who was born on September 30, 1978. The couple divorced in the summer of 1991, due to Michael Des Barres` alleged infidelities.
Des Barres wrote two books about her experience as a groupie, ‘I`m with the Band’ (1987) and ‘Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up’ (1993), as well as two non-fiction books, ‘Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon’ and ‘Let`s Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies’ (Chicago Review Press, 2007).
Des Barres currently writes articles for online and print publications. She has also become an ordained minister and performs weddings. She is a breast cancer survivor.
Full Name at Birth
Pamela Ann Miller
Writer, former groupie
Mercy Fontenot (GTO's Member), Cindy Wells (GTO's Menber), Christine Frka (GTO's Member), Lucy Offerrall (GTO's Member), Sandra Leano (member of the GTOs), Linda Parker (member of the GTOs), Catherine James, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Michele Overman (Groupie)
I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie (Chicago Review Press), Rock Bottom  (Abacus), Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up (Chicago Review Press), Let's Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies (Chicago Review Press)
Nicholas Des Barres (son)
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Pamela Des Barres (born Pamela Ann Miller; September 9, 1948) is a former rock and roll groupie, musician, actor, author and magazine writer.
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