Monday, 10 May 2010

Book Review: BLUE JEAN BABY BY SALLY PARMER



Genre: Memoir

Publisher: Booksurge (April 2009)

Pages: 175 (Paperback)

My Rating: 8/10









BLUE JEAN BABY: ONE GIRL'S TRIP THROUGH THE 1960'S L.A. MUSIC SCENE BY SALLY PARMER

When Sally Parmer was growing up in the 60's in Southern California she didn't just want to be a fan of the music scene she wanted to be with the groups and was willing to take plenty of risks to ensure she was, such as stealing hotel room keys to be near the Beatles, climbing on stage via a balcony just to hug a member of a group, to losing her virginity to a member of the Rolling Stones. All that and more is told in fascinating detail in this engrossing and honest look at the 'swinging sixties'.

She had an uncanny likeness to Cher which opened some doors for her and her groupie friends, most of whom seemed to be sleeping with one pop star or another, while still being at school!

Brought up by an alcoholic, neurotic, controlling mother and a coward of a father, Sally had to use all her wits and guile to escape their clutches to follow the British pop groups, such as Herman's Hermits, Freddie and the Dreamers, etc. when they came to L.A. This was not all about the sexual exploits of Sally and her friends, they were growing up in a decade of change and there was mention of the assassinations of Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy and the Vietnam War, though not in any great detail.

This was a book I really enjoyed and would recommend to anyone interested in this era.

There will never again be a decade so remarkably transitional, terrifying and beautiful as the sixties.


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