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    Pamela Des Barres Guitar and Memorabilia Lot. Author, actress, and former Rock and Roll groupie par excellence, Pamela Des Barres is best known for her relationships with rockers and celebrities such as Nick St. Nicholas, Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Davies, Frank Zappa, and actor Don Johnson; the tell-all books she wrote about her experiences; and her stint as a member of the GTOs, an all-girl singing group formed by Zappa.

    This vintage 1922 Gibson acoustic guitar was purchased from a Kentucky pawnshop by Des Barres' aunt Mabel in the '30s and, after being secretly coveted by her for years, was passed along to Des Barres in 1969. Pamela would often show off the heirloom to her friends and boyfriends, many of whom would strum it, including such lauded musicians as Gram Parsons, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, and Waylon Jennings -- even actor Brandon de Wilde. Page offered her $2,500 for it, and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols gave her son music lessons on it.

    This divine guitar is in Very Fine to Excellent condition with appreciable wear, and has Aunt Mabel's initials stenciled on it. Included with it are signed copies of Des Barres' memoirs, I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie and Take Another Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up, as well as her non-fiction book Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon; a feather boa from Des Barres' personal wardrobe; a copy of the GTOs' 1969 LP Permanent Damage, signed by her; and a vintage Mothers of Invention concert poster (for a show that also featured the GTOs and Alice Cooper) -- all in overall Excellent condition with very light to mild wear.


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    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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