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Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

Dark Moments In Music Babylon

Pamela Des Barres

St. Martin's Press

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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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Praise for Rock Bottom

"At once sad and titillating, the aptly titled Rock Bottom is a reminder of how good rock music was--as long as you don't look too far behind it.... Reading these accounts is like eating potato chips: you can't stop with just one." - The New York Times Book Review, Carol Peace Robins

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About the author

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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