Band groupies who had sex with their idols reveal what it was really like
It continues to be every teenage girl's dream; following their favourite rock star as they travel across the globe to exotic locations, performing to hordes of adoring fans and, of course, partying with all of the other veritable "rock n' roll poet sex gods" of the musical scene.
Whilst groupie culture remains a relic of the avant-garde music scene of the sixties and seventies, it's a facet of the past which continues to be romanticised and commemorated in popular culture. The Oscar nominated film, Almost Famous, was, at its core an adage to the women who were, in part, responsible for mythologising figures such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Certainly, would either be complete without their rotating coterie of female counterparts, each one more glamorous than the last?
Contrary to popular belief, these "groupies" were not just women who slept with rockstars. Instead, they were purveyors of counterculture - something that was most readily expressed in their sartorial choices.
Figures such as Anita Pallenberg and Bianca Jagger threw together outfits with a level of improvisation that their beatnik lifestyle would have been proud of; mixing high-brow fashion with the bohemian trappings of the day, they not only inspired legions of clamouring schoolgirls but helped mould the aesthetics of their famous boyfriends.
And naturally, they were heavily overlooked for their role in shaping the latter. Whilst we can speculate, we don't really know what it was like to be a "groupie", but thankfully, we no longer live in the last decades of the 20th century, and now have Reddit to go to for some answers...
1. This Reddit user's mom's friend had a brief liaison with Robert Plant
"My friends mum slept with Robert plant back in the day on a few occasions as a groupie. He gave her a clock as a present which turned out to be a clock from Royal Victoria Station in London. She talked quite fondly of the time and seemed to generally just be happy she was banging somebody attractive and good in bed. Oh and was from the best band in the world."
2. Jason Mraz was lovely
"Jason Mraz once bought me a beer after a show, then walked me to my car afterwards because it was late and I was alone. This was June 2003. He was super nice.
"EDIT: Jason if you see this, you were super nice to an awkward girl. Thanks man. Ps you totally could have gotten laid."
3. This groupie blew Joey Badass' mind
"My friend blew Joey Badass and some of his entourage after his show; apparently she was one of the top four b*****b givers they had ever encountered as she proudly told me after."
4. Gene Simmons came across as a little creepy...
"My ex met gene simmons a few weeks ago at a convention. after getting a picture with him he asked her for her phone number because according to him 'im doing a show later tonight and i like to bring a lot of pretty girls on the stage and you can come up.'
"Later she said his personal assistant blew her cell phone up stating that gene would like to have a 'more personal meeting' after the show. she adores kiss its her favourite band, but said 'Im not banging old ass gene Simmons.'"
5. This poor guy got ditched by a fangirl
"My ex-girlfriend ditched me after a Say Anything show to f*** Max Bemis. I left her there and drove the ~600 miles back home, by myself."
6. This sounds about right...
"A friend slept with skrillex. He cried and made her sign a waver."
7. Someone's mom had a pretty good night with AC/DC
"My mum has these old photos from the late 70's from when she and a couple friends were invited into AC/DCs hotel room. She mentioned how her mum confiscated photos she had of Bon Scott's d**k. She didn't give a lot of details since I was a young teen. I'm prettyyyy sure she had sex with at least one of them."
8. Yes, yes it does
"My mum had a sandwich with Jimmy Hendrix , does that count?"
9. Russell Brand does the deed, a lot
"Friend of a friend hooked up with Russell Brand a couple of years ago after one of his standup shows in London. Apparently his 'house' was a warehouse with multiple floors. Bedroom on the ground floor to 'get them in and get them out'. She went back one more time. Decided he is a total creep and never returned. Don't think she has been to see any of his shows since."
10. We all have a bit of nostalgia for the MySpace era
"My ex met in a bar the singer of The Used when they were touring the night before of after the show they made in my city.
It was in the Myspace years. He told her he was into heroin and they wore protection. I was happy for her. Epilogue; she's a lesbian now."
11. And sometimes nothing changes at all...
"I had sex with Alyson Stoner (from Disney Channel and other stuff). It was great but didn't really change how I saw her afterward."
Although modern day groupies may not be quite as glamorous as their predecessors, you can't deny that it's rather satisfying to sleep with your idols... even if the end result is supremely disappointing.