Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages

Backstage: groupies, riders etc.

Dusty Springfield, P.J. Proby, The Rolling Stones: Stars Come Out At Night On The Scene

Report by Vicki Wickham, Fabulous, May 1965

THE MUSIC has stopped. The stage lights are dimmed. The screaming fans have gone home. What happens to the pop stars when it's all over ...

The Pretty Things: Viv — "It's All Lies"

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1965

'I could sue them' says Viv Prince, about newspaper articles which appeared about him in New Zealand. Norman Jopling reports...' ...

The Herd, Traffic, The Who: Traffic, The Who, The Herd: Danger: Who At Work!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1967

THE WHO-TRAFFIC-Herd-Tremeloe tour, while proving to be a sell-out attraction, has caused a certain amount of anxiety among those people whose job it is to ...

Groupies: A Story Of Our Times

Special Feature by Tom Nolan, Cheetah, December 1967

The March of Time's issue about teen-age girls is worth seeing in the sense that one might examine with interest a slide of cancer tissue. ...

The Beatles, Frank Zappa, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones, Steve Miller: The Case of The Cock-Sure Groupies

Report and Interview by Ellen Sander, Realist, The, November 1968

THE CHORDS come flooding out of the amplifiers like a tonal wave, swelling to an impossible amplitude, blaring, ringing, pounding. A broad beam of noise ...

The GTOs: Permanent Damage (Straight/CBS)

Review by Miles, International Times, February 1970

IT'S NOT TOO difficult to reject the spectacle of Hollywood, to drop out, find yourself, re-evalue your ideas, unless you LIVE in Hollywood. What if ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: Oh What A Boar!

Report by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, March 1971

SATURDAY morning. The Van der Graaf Generator truck speeds and wobbles along the motorway, northbound. It's a clear day, around lunchtime, and we're beginning to ...

The Rolling Stones: Goodbye Great Britain: The Rolling Stones On Tour

Report and Interview by Robert Greenfield, Rolling Stone, April 1971

LONDON – "Boogie, Bobby, boogie," Marshall Chess is saying over and over to Bobby Keys in the seat next to him, slamming out the phrase ...

Alice Cooper: Alice's New Snake – Yvonne Likes Her Work

Profile by Jim Esposito, Rock Magazine, July 1972

THERE ARE lots of rumors circulating the rock industry, especially about Alice Cooper. However, the one about Alice having to get rid of his old ...

Cherry Vanilla, David Bowie: Cherry Vanilla: Cherry Sauce

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, April 1973

...Or hot gossip from a former skin-flick queen who's been hired to handle David Bowie's publicity machine. ...

Led Zeppelin: Zeppin' Out

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1973

"I DON'T EVEN like Led Zeppelin," the girl in the black velvet jacket and hotpants said petulantly as she bummed a cigarette off an acquaintance ...

Allman Brothers Band, David Bowie, Jefferson Starship, Mott The Hoople, The Rolling Stones: The Rock Lovers

Report and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, February 1974

Being a rock star has its advantages, but the spotlight is usually only big enough for one person. Circus took a behind stage look at ...

Alice Cooper: The Mystery Tits

Report by Jim Esposito, Oui, June 1974

FIFTEEN FEET in front of me, Alice Cooper was doing his thing all over an elevated plywood stage. ...

Elvis Presley: There Is No Truth In the Rumour that Elvis Is Losing His Marbles

Report by Mick Farren, NME, October 1974

ELVIS AARON PRESLEY, one time truck driver and supreme rock-and-roll superstar, has been taking some pains of late to allay a host of false rumours ...

Alice Cooper, Lou Reed: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #1: Hey Man, You With A Gwoop?

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, March 1975

Speech impediments are the thing in Los Angeles this year. There are quite a lot of naked men jumping out of bushes – whereas more ...

Bob Dylan, The Who: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #2: The Day I Shook Bob Dylan's Hand And Other Weird Tales

Report by Nick Kent, NME, April 1975

ALSO INCLUDES: The Dog That Ate The Dog That Ate Los Angeles ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #3: What did Rod Stewart, Bobby Womack and Mick Jagger sing...

Report by Nick Kent, NME, April 1975

...in a tune-up room on the last night of the Faces' 1975 LA gigs? Why, the closing aria in D from 'il Cavalleria Rusticana', of ...

Led Zeppelin: The Tour In Progress: Jimmy Plage Files His Report

Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, June 1977

ROBERT PLANT comes bouncing into the hotel room in satin blouse, second-skin denims and high-heeled sneakers. "We've got a new Jimmy Page," he crows. "He's ...

The Sex Pistols: Nancy Spungen: If You Knew Nancy…

Book Review by Cynthia Rose, NME, January 1984

IF ANYTHING CAN PUT THE LID on the Romeo and Juliet myth that has enshrined Nancy Spungen in the post-punk hagiography, it will be a ...

Jefferson Airplane, The Tubes: Groupies: They're Still Grabbin' for the Stars

Report and Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, September 1984

Sweet Spencer,So many feelings I have experienced with you that you have become a part of me. The other day, from out of a heavy, ...

The Beastie Boys: Keep Taking The Tabloids

Report and Interview by Jack Barron, James Brown, Sounds, May 1987

Must they keep flinging this filth at our pop kids? No, not the brilliant BEASTIE BOYS but the British national press attempting to stir up ...

Cynthia Plastercaster: This Woman Has Handled The Biggest Things In Rock

Interview by Steven Wells, NME, July 1989

Twenty years ago The Plastercasters of Chicago were the most infamous groupies in America. Now, hardened professional CYNTHIA PLASTERCASTER is back with tales of naked ...

The Penis De Milo: Cynthia Plaster Claster

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, September 1989

Cynthia was a normal 1960s American teenager, with an abnormal interest in rock musicians. Then, one day in art school, she was told "to make ...

Groupies: Stars In Their Thighs

Report and Interview by Steven Wells, David Quantick, NME, March 1992

NME'S LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT GO HUMP IN THE NIGHT ...

Fear Eats The Soul

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1995

It also dines on doubt, nibbles the nerve endings and makes a hell of a mess of your trousers. Stage fright, that least welcome of ...

Ash: Turn Up, Check In, Rock Out!

Report by Steven Wells, Vox, December 1995

These days, most teenagers leave school and sign on. But not ASH – they play loud punk rock, trash hotels and party till they puke. ...

Alice Cooper, The Who: Alice Cooper on Keith Moon

Interview by Tony Fletcher, iJamming.net, November 1996

ONE REASON I've been looking forward to getting this site up is to make available some of the interviews I conducted for the Keith Moon ...

Pamela Des Barres: No Holds Barres

Interview by Carol Clerk, Melody Maker, December 1996

Carol Clerk reports on the latest book from groupie supreme, Pamela Des Barres ...

Guns: It Went Off In My Hand!

Report by Martin Aston, Q, June 1997

Dangerous business, rock'n'roll. One minute, you're having hits, the next, you're taking them. Whether as macho prop or tool of the trade, totin' a gun ...

Going Down Memory Lane with Jenny Fabian

Interview by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, July 1997

BEFORE JENNY FABIAN, groupies hardly existed...well, they probably did, but the general public, ie Mr and Mrs Beswick of Pursey, knew nothing about them (even ...

Depeche Mode, Primal Scream: Depeche Mode and Primal Scream: The Most Debauched Tour Ever

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, August 1998

Depeche Mode have been touring for almost a year. Drug and alcohol abuse is rife and the group are close to breaking point. The obvious ...

Rock'n'Roll Drives You Mad

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1998

Stress, nervous exhaustion, clinical depression: a litany of mental maladies lie in wait for the endlessly-gigging, maniacally-drugging, heart-on-sleeve purveyor of rock'n'roll. Phil "Prozac" Sutcliffe dons ...

“...Two Bottles of 1963 Dom Perignon, Six Crack Whores”

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Hobomedia, 1999

Phill Sucliffe on the Rock Band Rider ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP: The Unsung Roadie

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Consider this as a picture at an exhibition. A 10,000-seat arena on the afternoon before an Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert; on stage an orderly ...

Larry Williams

Retrospective by Mick Farren, MOJO, July 2000

ON JANUARY 7, 1980, THE BODY OF LARRY WILLIAMS WAS FOUND lying in a pool of blood on the garage floor of his Laurel Canyon ...

Jonathan King: Is Jonathan King A Monster, Or Is He Being Monstered?

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, November 2001

PUBLIC MONSTER NUMBER ONE: the space in the media landscape currently occupied by Jonathan King effectively renders him the missing link between Osama bin Laden ...

The GTOs: Girl Together Outrageously: Pamela Des Barres

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock, 2002

IN CASUAL DEFIANCE of the fact that her fifty-fifth birthday looms large, the Marchioness Des Barres positively radiates rude good health and an undeniably disarming ...

Average White Band, Sweet: Unmasked: "Mick Tucker" and Other Rock Impostors

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, March 2002

I NEVER knew Mick Tucker, Sweet’s drummer, who died last week, but I once met a man who impersonated him, or at least pretended he ...

Gram Parsons: Phil Kaufman remembers Gram Parsons (2003)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2003

From Mick'n'Keef to Emmylou; from Topanga Canyon to the Joshua Tree: Executive Nanny Phil Kaufman looks back on low lives and high times with Gram Parsons.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 49.4.mb, total interview length: 54' 01" sound quality: ***

Babyshambles: Pete Doherty And The New Decadence

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent on Sunday, February 2005

PERHAPS MARC ALMOND put it best: "To me a star is someone who has something extra, and something missing at the same time – ...

Mötley Crüe's Titty-Cam

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2005

I HAVE JUST SPENT two weeks on the road with Mötley Crüe. Our sweep through Canada and the US Midwest took in Edmonton, Des Moines, ...

Led Zeppelin Tour Manager Richard Cole (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2005

The legendary Zep tour manager remembers meeting the band, the first US tour, the curious friendship between Bonham and Plant, all things Bron-Y-Aur, life on the road, making Led Zeppelin IV, and Girls Girls Girls!

File format: mp3; file size: 64.3mb; Interview length: 1h 10' 15"; sound quality: ***

Rehab: The Funky Check-In

Report by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, September 2006

What do Pete Doherty, Justin Hawkins and Keane's Tom Chaplin have in common? All have been in rehab recently, some for the first time. But ...

Keith Moon: Moonie On The Pull

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

IT IS THE prerogative of rock stars to enjoy the attentions of beautiful women to a greater degree than most other men, and among those ...

Frank Zappa, Tom Waits: Frank Zappa's Manager: A Smile On His Lips, And A Pistol Under The Bar

Obituary by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, March 2010

Mick Brown pays tribute to Herb Cohen, who managed Frank Zappa while maintaining an enthusiasm for music, cheese, confectionery and armaments. ...

Queen Of Nude Orleans: 1978, October 31

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, October 2011

IT WAS THE aftershow party to end all aftershow parties. The champagne flowed like water, couples coupled under the tables and the entertainment included strippers, ...

Led Zeppelin: Their Satanic Majesties Request: When Led Zeppelin Ruled The World

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'Trampled Under Foot' (Faber & Faber), September 2012

By 1973, Led Zeppelin was the biggest rock band on the planet. In this excerpt from Trampled Under Foot, Barney Hoskyns' new oral history of ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards Interviewed

Interview by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times, June 2013

Long before Johnny Depp based Captain Jack on him, Keith Richards was just the pirate blues chief of the Rolling Stones. And not averse to ...

back to LIBRARY

COPYRIGHT NOTICE