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Music itself never dies, just those who make it. Rock Bottom shines a light into the dark corners of rock history. Pamela Des Barres, author of I'm with the Band, has interviewed people who were there for rock's most despairing moments. Includes 100 photos. Music itself never dies, just those who make it. Rock Bottom shines a light into the dark corners of rock history. Pamela Des Barres, author of I'm with the Band, has interviewed people who were there for rock's most despairing moments. Includes 100 photos.


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Music itself never dies, just those who make it. Rock Bottom shines a light into the dark corners of rock history. Pamela Des Barres, author of I'm with the Band, has interviewed people who were there for rock's most despairing moments. Includes 100 photos. Music itself never dies, just those who make it. Rock Bottom shines a light into the dark corners of rock history. Pamela Des Barres, author of I'm with the Band, has interviewed people who were there for rock's most despairing moments. Includes 100 photos.

30 review for Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Fascinating, Witty & Informative! I Loved This Interesting Read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Brandt

    This is the dark side of fame. Des Barres is a really good writer and she peppers some of the stories with her own anecdotes about the artist. (For her colourful history, see "I'm With the Band".) An enjoyable and educational read for any music fan. This is the dark side of fame. Des Barres is a really good writer and she peppers some of the stories with her own anecdotes about the artist. (For her colourful history, see "I'm With the Band".) An enjoyable and educational read for any music fan.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nat K

    Interesting vignettes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ettie

    I love this story. It held my attention from start to finish.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    Barres writes in a manner that is sensitive to the psychological, political, and social mores of his characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura Beeby

    Most of this wasn't new to me really. Or it was newer artists I don't really know or care about. Most of this wasn't new to me really. Or it was newer artists I don't really know or care about.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zella

    I want to thank Pamela Des Barres for writing such a tremendous book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Glynis

    The writing is inventive and imaginative.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wilkosz

    Highly recommend all the Barres books, you will certainly enjoy it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Richard Lehingrat

    Brian Jones and Janis Joplin pieces stand out. ****

  11. 5 out of 5

    C'lestial

    Written by Pamela Des Barres, one of the queens of the groupies back in the 60s,and author of other r&r themed books, this a collection of short stories about the sex, drugs, rock & roll and the untimely deaths of many famous singers of mostly the 60's and 70's. Included were Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Keith Moon, Kurt Cobain, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin and many more, along with final chapters on a couple who are still alive but the debauchery such as Chuck Berry, was bad Written by Pamela Des Barres, one of the queens of the groupies back in the 60s,and author of other r&r themed books, this a collection of short stories about the sex, drugs, rock & roll and the untimely deaths of many famous singers of mostly the 60's and 70's. Included were Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Keith Moon, Kurt Cobain, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin and many more, along with final chapters on a couple who are still alive but the debauchery such as Chuck Berry, was bad enough to warrant inclusion in this book. The book also has many photos. Some of the artists she personally knew,(some QUITE well), others she was able to interview those close to them to get the dirt on what really happened. She leaves pretty much no stone left unturned; all the good bad and ugly are portrayed about each person. The book was pretty good, some of the stories were interesting; a few were rather lacking in the detail I wish they'd had. All in all, it was a pretty good read, much different than Hollywood Babylon; more with a more personal touch to it. The book would be more interesting to those who were around in this era, even though some in the book are still well known, others have somewhat faded away for a younger audience to appreciate. This book is good to have around to read a chapter here and there when you are not wanting to just sit and read a few hours.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liesje Leest

    I've been reading way to little in the last few months, and to get myself back in the habit of picking up a book I decided to start with an easy read. Rock Bottom is a collection of stories about musicians (almost all of them men for some reason, I think Janis Joplin is the only woman featured in the book) who met some kind of downfall. The collection of people seem a bit odd. They are not musicians from the same era or same genres, it seems pretty random. There are a lot of things (drug abuse, I've been reading way to little in the last few months, and to get myself back in the habit of picking up a book I decided to start with an easy read. Rock Bottom is a collection of stories about musicians (almost all of them men for some reason, I think Janis Joplin is the only woman featured in the book) who met some kind of downfall. The collection of people seem a bit odd. They are not musicians from the same era or same genres, it seems pretty random. There are a lot of things (drug abuse, domestic violence, borderline abuse) that the author doesn't seem fazed by all too much and sometimes that really bothered me. The book does make a nice quick read and I found it interesting even if I only really know the music of Kurt Cobain and Freddie Mercury, I've heard of most of the other people in the book but I'm not that familiar with their music. I don't think the book was writing too well and I think the author has some strange reactions to some things but the book was entertaining enough.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    I read Pamela's first groupie book years ago and thought her writing was fantastic. I loved the story she told and her downright honesty about what she did and didn't do with any number of musicians in Hollywood in the 70's and 80's. That book, I gave five stars. This one, not so much. I don't know if I changed (read: grew up) and expected more from an author, but her writing left a LOT to be desired with this book. The stories did get better - or I just got more interested - as the book moved on I read Pamela's first groupie book years ago and thought her writing was fantastic. I loved the story she told and her downright honesty about what she did and didn't do with any number of musicians in Hollywood in the 70's and 80's. That book, I gave five stars. This one, not so much. I don't know if I changed (read: grew up) and expected more from an author, but her writing left a LOT to be desired with this book. The stories did get better - or I just got more interested - as the book moved on; some truly sickened me (Chuck Berry, GG Allin, Kurt Struebing), some made me sad (Marvin Gaye, Gram Parsons, Dennis Wilson), and some were just rehashing of stories I already knew and offered no new information (Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious). I wanted a quick, easy read while on vacation and this served the purpose, but I expected more from Pamela.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Ward

    Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon by Pamela Des Barres (St. Martin's Press 1996) (781.66). Author Pamela des Barres is well-known in the rock and roll world as a supergroupie. She has been linked to many of the most popular male rock stars of the 1960's and 1970's. This book focuses on the details of the untimely deaths (generally from drug overdose or other riotous living) of rock superstars: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and on and on. This includes some rocke Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon by Pamela Des Barres (St. Martin's Press 1996) (781.66). Author Pamela des Barres is well-known in the rock and roll world as a supergroupie. She has been linked to many of the most popular male rock stars of the 1960's and 1970's. This book focuses on the details of the untimely deaths (generally from drug overdose or other riotous living) of rock superstars: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and on and on. This includes some rockers whose deaths are attributable to much more mundane causes: Stevie Ray Vaughn (helicopter crash), Buddy Holly (plane crash), and Lynyrd Skynyrd (plane crash). This is not a book for one who wishes to see their heroes on pedestals, for no prurient detail is left unflaunted in this modern-day yellow journalism. My rating: 7/10, finished 1/5/15.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nocheevo

    Like the Hollywood Babylon books, Rock Bottom is a collection of voyueristic tales from the world of contempory music. Contempory in this sense refers to US-centric rock and/ or roll, and as all good rock it riffs on all the expected themes of debauchery, indulgence, vanity and failures. Written/ collected by a 60s uber-groupie, some of the stories have a personal angle which puts the book above the "bitchiness" in Hollywood Babylon. At the close of the book though it is still trash. A quick easy Like the Hollywood Babylon books, Rock Bottom is a collection of voyueristic tales from the world of contempory music. Contempory in this sense refers to US-centric rock and/ or roll, and as all good rock it riffs on all the expected themes of debauchery, indulgence, vanity and failures. Written/ collected by a 60s uber-groupie, some of the stories have a personal angle which puts the book above the "bitchiness" in Hollywood Babylon. At the close of the book though it is still trash. A quick easy read to giggle at those wacky rock star antics. Tempted to give it an extra star for being the only book I have found with an account of GG Allin! One angry man. For the most part, crap music but he certainly was at the far end of the bell curve of humanity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Interesting read about the dirty dark side of several players in the music business. It is a "tell all" sort of book, written by a groupie. Enjoyable, but you're not going to feel any smarter or fulfilled after reading this book Interesting read about the dirty dark side of several players in the music business. It is a "tell all" sort of book, written by a groupie. Enjoyable, but you're not going to feel any smarter or fulfilled after reading this book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rich

    The groupies groupie's take on the dark side... The groupies groupie's take on the dark side...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    The story about Dennis Wilson is heartbreaking. Great read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beverly J.

    While the writing is good and the topic is salacious, most of these stories were just too old for me to identify with and enjoy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Rowles

  21. 4 out of 5

    Will Hermes

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Neil Battersby

  24. 5 out of 5

    Allan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gio

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Selman

  27. 5 out of 5

    MISCHA

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mpawula

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Maloney

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Pearce

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