{Read eBook} GroupieAuthor Jenny Fabian – Z55z.co

When Groupie was first published in 1969 it caused a sensation The Swingin Sixties capacity to outrage may have been starting to decline, but this novel managed to shock all over again A thinly fictionalised chronicle of Jenny Fabian s adventures with underground rock heroes of her day, Groupie caused a furore for all kinds of reasonsit had the scent of danger that accompanies an authentic original, it ruffled feathers with its matter of fact descriptions of drug taking and sexual high jinks, it prompted guessing games about teh true identities of its principal characters, most of all, it was highly explicity about a phenomenon that had never before been documented Almost three decades later, this book is still extraordinarily fresh and playing the celebrity guessing game is still fun Groupie is also the genuine article no reconstruction of Sixties underground rock culture has ever captured the Zeitgist as as well as this novel.

10 thoughts on “Groupie

  1. Lily Wren Lily Wren says:

    Groupie tells the tale of Katie , a 19 year old chick of the 60 s, and her encounters with sex, drugs and rock and roll The book is said to be a thinly fictionalised chronicle of Jenny Fabian s adventures with underground rock heroes of her day and whilst it does suceed in creating the atmosphere and setting for the 60 s underground rock culture, this is from Katies view point, a groupie and a rather selfish, spoilt, arrogant and shallow one at that We witness Katie move from one job to the next, one sexual encounter with almost famous rock stars hints of the Ben character being Syd Barrett to another and treating people with disregard and contempt, especially if they don t have the right clothes, look or money The books description tells us how it caused a furore for all kinds of reasons including ruffled feathers with its matter of fact descriptions of drug taking and sexual high jinx prompted guessing games about the true identities of its principal characters was highly explicit about a phenomenon that had never before been documented These points may be so, however, what stood out for me was the way in which the 60 s era, one that pointed to flower power love and peace , did, in fact, come across as a shallow, careless and selfish era of our times If that was what the book set out to portray, and what ultimately the feel of the 60 s underground movement was, then Fabian and Byrne do an excellent job in documenting this The book itself is entertaining and offers some of the great phrases and terminology of the time So, if you can cope with chicks happenings dudes and lots of totally mans then Groupie is the one I did enjoy reading the book but, ultimately, wanted to give Katie a good ole fashion talking too But maybe that is a sign that I am getting too old to dig

  2. Kaylea Syrjanen Kaylea Syrjanen says:

    I found this book in our caravan when I was younger and absolutely obsessed with all things 60 s and 70 s so to me, this book was perfect Re reading it now I do still love it and find it has a certain charm to it and just what I like in a book, a raw look into real lives of people and all different things the character goes through and the journey they go through and where they end up.

  3. Pat Zilla Pat Zilla says:

    Groupie von Jenny Fabian und Johnny Byrne erz hlt einen fiktionalisierten Lebensausschnitt der Autorin und handelt von dem Aufstieg der Protagonistin hier Katie zu einem angesehenen Groupie in der Londoner Musikszene gegen Ende der 60er Jahre Leider schaffte der Roman es f r mich nicht, eine mitrei ende Atmosph re um die Szene zu erzeugen Vielmehr las er sich f r mich wie ein plumper Sex Roman Katie berichtet zwar von Aff ren und Beziehungen zu pseudonymisierten Rock Stars der Zeit die relativ einfach zu identifizieren sind doch spinnt sie kaum interessante Geschichten um diese Figuren Mein gr tes Problem war jedoch, dass ich Katie als sehr unsympathischen Charakter empfunden habe und daher kaum Identifikationspunkte zu ihr fand So denkt und verh lt sie sich einerseits, bspw in ihrem Umgang und ihrer Haltung, extrem oberfl chlich, l sst sich aber andererseits von ihren M nnern degradieren Die Beschreibungen um Katie s Freunde sind dagegen sehr gelungen und fast schon interessanter als der eigentliche Plot In den Erz hlungen um ihre Lebensgemeinschaften, Drogenerlebnisse etc f hlt man sich dem Zeitgeist nahe und findet spannende und groteske Momente wieder.Der Roman ist nicht sehr anspruchsvoll geschrieben und liest sich daher schnell runter Alles in allem f hle ich mich pers nlich von dem Titel wie auch der allgemeinen Beschreibung leicht irregeleitet, doch k nnte der Roman unter einem anderen Titel vielleicht mehr Spa beim Lesen machen.

  4. Luke Luke says:

    Groupie is a thinly disguised survey of the late 60s London music scene from the point of view of Katie, a girl who claims to not want to be a groupie, but who acts a hell of a lot like one.It s pretty easy to decode which bands are which if you ve a little knowledge of the scene of the time While the references to Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd are the easiest to interpret, nothing s particularly elusive As far as the book goes, it s a fairly trashy page turner about a girl who takes a lot of drugs, sleeps with 11 men and one woman and who doesn t really care much about anything The slang is hilarious plating , hanging up , etc and Fabian is very much at pains to namedrop the period s literature heavyweights Koestler, Leary and Canetti to try and communicate that there s much to Katie than meets the eye.It s unsuccessful, however she seems like a fashion obsessed starfucker And that s probably the point.You ll power through Groupie in a couple of hours It s rock n roll airport literature, with lots of freaks and freak outs, and is perfectly acceptable as such It doesn t illuminate why Katie acts as she does but by the end, that s not so much of a problem.

  5. Cindi Cindi says:

    I read this when i was researching my article about famous groupie Pamela Des Barres Groupie is an out of print, 70s era trashy read from England that is surprisingly sincere Needless to say,the only place I could find it was used on .com But for anybody who is interested in an obscure piece of music lore, it s a must read.

  6. Rob Wiltsher Rob Wiltsher says:

    Allegedly based on the real life rock band, Family, this is the deal of a starry eyed groupie who sleeps with those she considers worth it to allow her to climb the ladder of respect amongst her peers Sad but a snapshot in time.

  7. Christina knox Christina knox says:

    This is a book about this groupie in the 60 s British psychedelic scene It s written in this drugged out, half snapped structured stream of conscious voice that I tend to like from work of this era It s also hilarious.

  8. Jessie Jessie says:

    I wish I knew enough to figure out which bands feature in this book they all have made up names It seemed a little superficial but then I became interested again Good vicarious living stories of drug taking, promiscuity and vague ambition.

  9. Coquille Fleur Coquille Fleur says:

    This is sort of a trashy novel, which I read in high school It turned me on to Timothy Leary and the book, Psychedelic Experience thereby changing my life I followed the Grateful Dead around for years, possibly due to reading this book.

  10. Annie Annie says:

    Best groupie related book ever.