the golden girls of rock and roll

Sable Starr and Lori Maddox hanging around Sunset Strip with other baby groupies. 1970s. Properties of CREEM magazine. 
Being on the road with your favorite band is pretty much the dream of every teenage girl whose life revolves around music, and while I have yet to meet people who have done exactly so in the 21st century, a quick throwback to the seventies can remind you that it's been done before. Take a look at Lori Maddox, Sable Starr, and Pamela des Barres who by strutting through the streets of Sunset Boulevard in their shiny platform heels, turned the heads of numerous rockstars with their youthful beauty. Though barely legal, they still managed to take and break the hearts of some of the biggest names in popular music. There is absolutely no denying that not only were they some of the first art-scene queens in the history of youth culture, but were the golden girls of rock and roll.

Iggy Pop and Lori Maddox. 
As proclaimed by Bebe Buell herself, "Every rock star that came to LA wanted to meet them, it wasn't the other way around. It was like, 'We've got to meet Sable Starr and Lori Maddox'". I can only imagine how that sentiment boosted their 13 year old egos, but that's besides the point. What people should be talking about when trying to recount the tales of their debauchery is whether they were really in the right place and time to pursue the role of Lolita.

While everyone else is busy romanticizing their teenage adventures, I'm over here wondering when they had the time to pull off the 'too cool for school attitude' or wondering about the parents who let their daughters roam around the streets of LA at midnight, trying to lure David Bowie into their nymphet trap. How on earth could they even get away with being normal high-schoolers by day, and scene queens by night? Honestly I'm not the right one to be answering this question. I'm sure even up to now, people have tried contacting them, trying to trace the story of their rock and roll journey from beginning, middle to end. I can't say much about the truth behind their 'free-spirited' lifestyle, but the photos can tell you lots about their experiences.


"Every rock star that came to LA wanted to meet them, it wasn't the other way around. It was like, 'We've got to meet Sable Starr and Lori Maddox'"

-Bebe Buell


Pamela des Barres and groupie friends.
The beautiful Patty Clark and David Bowie.
Sable Starr and Debby Harry. 
Rod Stewart and groupies at the Hyatt House in Los Angeles.
Sable Starr with Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls.

DISCLAIMER: In now way am I attempting to endorse the totally illegal behavior of these rockstars through writing this article and depicting the lives of these teenage girls in a manner that romanticizes their philosophies. Rather the point is to make readers reflect upon how these people and events impacted youth culture and music from this particular era of the 20th century. 
BY VICTORIA SANDICO


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