Writing the Rock 'n' Roll Memoir - A discussion with Pamela Des Barres & Pleasant Gehman
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Writing the Rock ’n Roll Memoir - Rex Weiner hosts a talk with two of the most legendary ladies of the Hollywood Rock ’n’ Roll scene spanning from the late 1960's to the 1990's.
Joining Rex is author, journalist and writing teacher who is best known as the "World’s Most Famous Groupie”, Pamela Des Barres (I’m with the Band, Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up). She is also known as a member of the the GTO's (Girls Together Outrageously), an all-girl groupie musical group fostered by Frank Zappa. It is also thought that Miss Pamela was a major inspiration for the character Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous. Having many facets, fascinations and unique talents, Pamela Des Barres also teaches an on-going women's writing workshop in Los Angeles and all over the country. She is also an ordained minister who performs rock 'n' roll weddings. www.pameladesbarres.com
Also joining Rex is Pleasant Gehman. She is a best-selling author (Underground Guide to Los Angeles), journalist, singer and renaissance woman who is also known as renowned belly dancer Princess Farhana. She has penned her widely-read memoirs chronicling her time in the 1970's Los Angeles Punk movement where she documented the scene she helped create with her fanzine Lobotomy. During the 1980's, Pleasant toured North America singing for several bands including The Screaming Sirens and The Ringing Sisters. Her most recent books include "The Belly Dance Handbook" and a memoir Showgirl Confidential: My Life Onstage, Backstage and On the Road. www.pleasantgehman.com
ABOUT OUR HOST: Rex Weiner is an investigative journalist, author and reporter on contemporary culture; writing for many publications in the US and Europe. He’s also known as the author of The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, originally serialized in the LA Weekly and NY Rocker, later turned into the controversial Andrew Dice Clay vehicle in 1990. Those original stories have been published recently by Rare Bird Books as The (Original) Adventures of Ford Fairlane: The Long Lost Rock n’ Roll Detective Stories. Currently, Rex is the co-founder and executive director of the Todos Santos Writer's Workshop, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Beyond Baroque Literary | Art Center and a resident of Frogtown. www.rexweiner.com