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Blue Jean Baby: One Girl's Trip Through The…

Blue Jean Baby: One Girl's Trip Through The 1960s L.A. Music Scene

by Sally Parmer

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This is not a groupie book. It isn't full of sexual exploits. It's a book about being a teen in the 60's, in the Southern California music scene. She meets many famous musicians and the music is a big part of the book, but there is so much more to her story. This book gave me a taste of what it would have been like to be a teen in the 60's in Southern California. I've always loved the clothes and music from that time and this book intrigued me from the first page to the last. ( )
  VickiLN | Aug 14, 2009 |
The 1960's in California wasn't just about Haight-Asbury, tokin' and dancin'. It was about a group of girls in LA County who became overnight groupies when they went to Las Vegas to see the Beatles. It was about Laurel Canyon and its denizens, about weed, sex and strict parents. It was about becoming pregnant and being responsible for the consequences when you are too far along for an abortion.

Sally Parmer lived all this and more and her book, Blue Jean Baby, tells us how she survived 1963-1973. Sleeping with such notables stars as Herman of Hermit-fame, Donovan Leitch (she wasn't sure it was him until he played "Catch the Wind" for her); taking her friends for abortions in Mexico when she wasn't old enough to drive; and living her teen-age years with a neurotic mother and hard-working father who was afraid to cross her.

This autobiography was sad in many ways, brought back so many memories and made me glad I grew up in a small town in Colorado rather than the LA scene which I doubt I would have survived. Sally Parmer was a strong girl who grew into a stronger woman - and we are the richer for this book. ( )
  macygma | Jul 26, 2009 |
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Blue Jean Baby is a memoir of my experience in the music scene during the 1960s. Unlike sexploitation groupie books, I give readers a view of what life was like for Southern California girls with a love for music and the men who made that music. The book's focus is on my experience as an abused child and then abused mate, set against the backdrop of Sunset Strip and Laurel Canyon. If you're looking for a blast of the sixties the way we survivors lived it, you'll like the book. If you're looking for blatant sensationalism, it might not be for you.
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