Every Bandit Babe idolizes Penny Lane, the stylish 70’s rock ‘n roll muse, free spirit, and star of our favorite movie – Almost Famous. She joined touring rock stars on the road to experience the magic of the music and had all of the long-haired hotties falling at her feet along the way.
Pamela Des Barres, better known as Miss Pamela, lived the real life Penny Lane lifestyle in the 60s and 70s and is said to be the inspiration for the character in this classic film. While she attended high school in Southern California in the 60s, she dreamed of meeting her favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney, and after discovering The Rolling Stones, she fantasized a sweet, happy go lucky life with the babein’ Mick Jagger. Once a school mate of hers introduced her to Captain Beefheart, who was also friends with Frank Zappa, there was no stopping that little heart-eyed groupie from making her presence known in the LA rock scene. Through these stars, she got to meet the Stones and started to party more on the Sunset Strip. Hanging with Gram Parsons and the rest of The Byrds, she made all the boys want her for her fun, carefree personality and her pretty little baby face. Miss Pamela dated and befriended rock gods, from Jimmy Page of Led Zepplin, to Keith Moon of the Who, manly-man Waylon Jennings, her idol, Mick Jagger, and even canoodled Jim Morrison. She got together her very own band-aid girl group called the GTO’s, Girls Together Outrageously, who hung around all the stars on the smokey Sunset Strip and in the hippie hills of Laurel Canyon. Miss Pamela and her GTO’s represented girl power in the dreamy music scene of the 60’s and 70’s, not to mention they had style for days.
“A real groupie is someone who loves the music …. someone who goes after what they want, so a groupie is a feminist thing. A woman who goes after what she wants is a feminist. So I’ve never been anything but a feminist. I took the birth control pill on the Strip in front of everybody and that was my statement. I control my body, I can do whatever the heck I want.” Well said, Miss Pamela. We salute you.