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Rock Bottom

Dark Moments In Music Babylon

Pamela Des Barres

St. Martin's Press

The dark moments of rock history fascinate and tantalize like the pathos of Greek tragedy.  The bottom sinks lower, the air seems colder, the bad endings--whent they are bad--seem beyond bad.  The unlucky practitioners of our most thriving form of communal experience seem to hit rock bottom in ways only the most glamorous among us can--publicly.  The stories remain obscure, half-seen in the shadowlands.  In her familiar style, Pamela Des Barres shines light on the people whose art remains the background music to our popular culture. Des Barres asks, "What comes first, the addiction or the rock and roll?"  The first apparent rock-and-roll death occured on Christmas Eve in 1959, when Johnny Ace blew his head off in a game of Russian Roulette between shows.  Buddy Holly's four-seater plane crashes.  Marvin Gaye's father shoots his son.  Kurt Cobain puts a gun to his head.  The headlines tell it all: ROCK SINGER FACES MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE, JAMES BROWN ADDICTED TO PCP, BASSIST FOR BAND HOLE FOUND DEAD.  The messed-up lives, the burned-out golden boys and girls, the violence, the route toward rock bottom--Des Barres has a line on the souls of the public figures who lived desperate private lives to entertain us all.

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Rock Bottom
LAUGHING SYD BARRETTScream Thy Last ScreamNobody seems to be able to pinpoint when Pink Floyd's founder, Syd Barrett, began his slide into legendary madness. Like most poetic, gifted artists, Syd was wildly sensitive, difficult to understand, and headed down a decidedly precarious path that few would dare follow. After his highly creative, tumultuous period with the Floyd, the mischievous twinkle in Syd's eyes got flat and foreboding, then blinked out completely. Over twenty years have passed since Syd graced the rock world with his starlit piper's heart, but his mythic legend continues
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  • Pamela Des Barres

  • Pamela Des Barres is the author of the best-selling I'm With the Band and Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up.  Her magazine articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, Movieline, New Woman, and Details.  She lives in Southern California.
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Rock Bottom

Dark Moments In Music Babylon

Pamela Des Barres

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