An interesting new development in tv land; Zooey Deschanel has signed on to star in US cable channel HBO’s new pilot, which will be based on the book ‘I’m With The Band: Confessions Of A Groupie’.
Zooey performing with the Citizens Band in 2007, looking very GTO-ish 😉
In the book Pamela Des Barres chronicles her adventures bedding many musicians and movie stars in the late 1960s. I love the book and the other ones Pamela penned(“Let’s spend the night together”- a series of interviews with fellow groupies and “Take another little piece of my heart”-about her marriage and life therafter) It goes through the good the bad and the ugly of the groupie lifestyle and is set in an epic era of dirty glamourous rock and roll.
It is magical from a distance but not so much up close. The books are a great read if you’re fascinated by that time like i am. It’s a coming of age story and is not at all trashy as some expect it to be.
In her time, Des Barres added the likes of Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon , Nick St. Nicholas, Noel Redding, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, and actors Brandon de Wilde, Michael Richards and Don Johnson to the notches on her bed post, but while the life was glamorous and exciting for a time, there was always the prospect of a younger model waiting to take her place. There’s a lot of heart break involved.
Pamela was also a member of Frank Zappa’s all-girl groupie group The GTO’s. She later married and divorced musician Michael Des Barres. Together they have a son, musician Nicholas Des Barres, born in 1978.
The half-hour show (assuming it gets picked up beyond the pilot) will chronicle both the highs (some literal, we’d figure, given the era) and the lows in half-hour episodes. Pamela and Michael des Barres are said to be overseeing the whole thing as producers. I hate to be blasphemous, cause i love Zooey, but i don’t think she has got it as an actress to play Pamela. I just don’t see anything in Zooey’s acting carreer to prove that she can convinsingly play sexual being such as Pamela. She does comedy and ditsy, quirky stuff really well.. but drama and the more grown up and serious genre is not her forte. That being said, I hope it turns out great and i do have a lot of faith in Pamela. It would be great to see groupies from that era being portrayed differently from all the popular preconceptions known to most.