A Facebook friend of mine put up a Bowie fan page and invited me to join. I like Bowie even though I don’t need to see pics of him daily. She asked so I joined. It brings back memories of high school, etc.
I was reading about groupies from the 70’s and saw the stories of Lori Maddox, Sable Starr, Pamela DesBarres, and others: Teen girls, using their pubescent appeal – and lots of sex – to gain the attentions of rich and famous rock stars. Lori Maddox would begin an affair with Jimmy Page at 15 – documented in the book The Hammer of the Gods, none of which she denies. He essentially kidnaps her to start. Sable Starr was the subject of an Iggy Pop song in which he boasts of having her at age 13. There’s so many other of these stories: Steven Tyler adopts a groupie, w/ her parents’ help, so he can bang her across state lines; Bill Wyman begins dating a girl at 13 and marries her at 18. (It was short lived.) Also Ted Nugent, R. Kelly, Sir Mick Jagger, Marvin Gaye – the list goes on and on.
So, I posted to the page mentioning Lori Maddox’s claim that she lost her virginity to Bowie at 14. It’s a small group but 2 female members – well into middle age who may’ve had groupie experiences of their own – came out hard as apologists for the rock stars. No one took anything from those girls, my friend said. They knew what they were doing. Sure, but the law, even in the 70’s, was not ambiguous. Children are offered legal protections from their predatory idols, even if they claim love – as Lori Maddox still does today. It’s not up to the discretion of a sexually precocious 14 y.o. girl. And then there’s the power differential – remember Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? And she was a college grad. I don’t need to list all of the arguments why it should be this way. I’ll leave it at that.
According to studies, married women, especially white women, are most likely to vote Republican. It’s been this way for generations: Married women vote for patriarchy. It works for them, I reckon. Remember Phyllis Schlafly? It was a woman that killed the E.R.A.
Still, I’m stunned by the apologia for rock stars from these two. (They’re both married BTW.)
Here's the funny part: My friend messaged me to say she was taking down the discussion. She thought it "got too heavy." She won't stand behind the apologia after all.