Pamela Des Barres

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Groupies
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Length: 14:09:36
Aired: 9/29/2009

There's nothing like music to stir the body, the mind, and the soul. But for some women, listening to music isn't enough. And as long as there have been musicians, there have been women that will do anything to be with them. These four women embrace their role as rock and roll groupies. Growing up in a small town in Massachusetts, Lexa Vonn - like so many other young girls - had dreams of Hollywood stardom. So she hopped a bus to the West Coast in hopes of hitting it big in the music industry. After struggling for money and sleeping on the streets, she recruited three girls from the local Hollywood club scene, and formed a social clique called "The Plastics." The Plastics hit up local shows to offer bands everything from flyer distribution, promotions and publicity, to go-go dancing, modeling services, and personal relationships. Patti Johnsen is a stay-at-home mom in Denver, Colorado. But before she settled down to normal family life, Patti Johnsen was a heavy metal groupie and a queen of the 1980s LA scene. In Patti's opinion, you never stop being a groupie. For the most part, Pamela Des Barres grew up like any other suburban kid in the Valley. Then she heard the Beatles. Not content with mere fandom, Pamela wanted to find a way into the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Through a friend from her high school, she met the local musician Don Van Vliet, who introduced her to some friends of his. These friends would turn out to be the Rolling Stones and, just like that, a super-groupie was born. Danni and Dollie, twin sisters in their early twenties, have become fixtures in the Phoenix music scene. The two are leading members of a new generation of Groupies who are trying to revive the style, energy, and culture of rock's golden age. Together with their friend and roommate Penny, they host nightly jam sessions and feature local rock bands. It's a way to highlight local bands they think have a shot at stardom, while contributing proceeds to breast cancer research. watch

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