Sunday, December 5, 2010

Top Groupies Of All Time: Sable Starr and Lori Maddox


Hanging out with musicians is any girl's dream come true. Well, these girls did just that. Mind you, these two girls, Sable, the unofficial queen of the 70's LA glam rock scene, and Lori, her best friend, were only around 13 at the time. These baby groupies strutted around Sunset Boulevard  on their shiny platform heels, eyes and ears peeled for the likes of Led Zeppelin or David Bowie to show up. I personally don't like these baby groupies very much, their personalities leaving a lot to be desired, but then again, what 13 year who thinks they're the hottest thing around isn't catty? Still, they deserve a mention, these were wild times and these were wild girls.






 Lori modeling with fellow baby groupie Shray Mecham for Star Magazine.





Queenie Glam, Shray, and Sable.


With Iggy Pop.


With Debbie Harry.

With Keith Moon and Annette Walter-Lax.


With Led Zeppelin and groupie Morgana Welch at the Rainbow Bar & Grill. I've been there a couple of times, not as amazing as I thought it would be, but still crawling with would-be groupies and musicians. I actually saw a certain special someone there, coming out of the bathroom before their first gig at The Key Club. Anyroad, the caption to this picture is pretty hilarious.


With John Bonham.


I'm sure you all know what went down with Jimmy and Lori, so I won't bother to repeat it here.


Just like Jimmy and Lori were a complicated pair, so were Johnny Thunders and Sable.


With Iggy and Johnny.


With Sylvain Sylvain.


With Stiv Bators.


With BP Fallon.

With Dave Hill.


Sable with Mackenzie Phillips and the unofficial mayor of the Sunset Strip, Rodney Bingenheimer, posing outside of the English Disco.


Sable with other baby groupies posing with Rodney outside the Continental Hyatt House (The Riot House).


27 comments:

  1. The only reason i kind of like Lori Maddox is because her existance pisses Pamela Des Barres off!!! LOL!

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  2. I just decided I love your blog :D

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  3. These girls are children. Shame on the adults involved. There is nothing nice here.

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  4. LOVE THIS! Love them. Crazy how young they were. Music is nothing without the girls. Style icons for sure!

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  5. It is all a very long time ago now!!

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  6. Jimmy Page and Lori Maddox were NEVER lovers. He just used her as a groupie when the band was around in LA. Very boring story in fact.

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    1. You might want to check your facts on that as they both openly admit to the relationship.

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  7. ^^^ Obviously Jimmy Page. :-)

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  8. Jimmy Page never loved any of LZ's groupies. He just used girls as if they were unpaid whores. Very easy for him. Jimmy had a stable home life in England in fact.

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    1. Where does it say that Jimmy Page loved any of the groupies on this blog? The groupies might claim otherwise, but I think it's pretty obvious to anyone that they were just used. Also, he might have a stable home life now, but I highly doubt it was stable back then. If it was, there would be no need for all the drugs and groupies in first place..

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  9. That group shot above was not taken at the Rainbow, it was at Bingenheimer's English Disco (it says so right in the caption that you mention so I am not sure how you missed it).

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    1. Just because it's in the caption doesn't mean it's right! I've actually been to the Rainbow and that's what the booths in the back looked like. Unless the inside of the English Disco looks exactly the same ??

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  10. To me, groupies are awesome. Don't know why so many people dislike them.

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    1. Because they're jealous, haha. Most groupies like Catherine James or Miss Pamela are cool, but others like Sable and Bebe are/were real bitches. One thing's for sure, they all knew how to have fun, have great stories to tell, and they had amazing style.

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  11. I envy any 70s rock groupie. Its not just about sleeping with rockstars its about being apart of the music. Inspiring it. I mean listening to great rock while sitting on Robert plants lap.....I mean come on. Who wouldn't want that?

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  12. google "Led Zeppelin: There was a whole lotta love on tour
    Naked and bound groupies, under-age sex, brutal violence...Simon Hardeman examines the underbelly of the beast"
    Nothing "nice" here at all .. Just too many drugs, too many somnambulist's.. paedophiles and rapist.. Centre Stage.. and no one said a word.. Instead a blog site, dedicated to "dreaming of the past" ??
    Still walking in the wilderness in somnambulance.

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    1. Woah there, calm down pal. I never said any of those things were nice, but those girls and everyone involved knew what they were doing, the girls especially went out and looked for it, nobody forced them to hang out on the strip dressed like that.
      Also, a lot of people romanticize and are interested in the past, in fact, I'm very curious as to how you stumbled onto my blog since you seem to hate the whole concept of it.

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    2. yep, it's a well known fact that raped kids were generally looking for it.
      you could have a glittering career as a paedo ahead of you, congratz!

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    3. Oh dear! These girls put on those outfits FOR A REASON, they went on the strip looking for musicians FOR A REASON. I mean, they certainly didn't go back to their hotel to get help with their homework! I think at 13 you know the difference between right and wrong, the motives behind your actions (even if those motives/actions are stupid. Like I said those girls weren't forced to even be there, and if they weren't happy I'm sure the girls' parents or the girls themselves would have gone to the police.

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    4. Thanks for sharing, for some they can't seem come to terms with the fact that others CHOOSE to live by a different moral code than they do and feel it is their born right to force all other humans to adhere to the same rules. It as a different era and I don't think anyone involved looked at it through the same lens in such negative and hateful terms. I did a lot of things at a young age that I probably would not now at 40, but isn't that all part of the learning experience? Lori Maddox loved Jimmy and stayed with him well after she was past the age of consent. Her mother was also aware of and approved the relationship. The only thing violated were United States LAWS and CHRISTIAN MORALITY. I'm not a cop, and even if you happen to be it's way past the statute of limitations preacher. Nobody got hurt, nobody involved says anything negative about it and it's a sad society we live in where someone not even involved in the situation when it occurred is making a big deal about nothing. Go spend your time trying to stop the United States from bombing other countries, you'll do a lot more good for children in this world today and their well being than trying to persecute Jimmy Page for his relationship with Lori in 1974.

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    5. A 13 year old may think they know what they want. We all thought we knew it all in our teens. However, the rock stars were all adults and they definitely knew what they were doing was wrong. Why do you think Jimmy Page was hiding Lori Maddox in hotel rooms? And do you think Robert Plant would have allowed his daughter to cavort around with rock stars at 13 years old? Highly unlikely ...

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  13. This is rape culture. A 14 year old girl being locked in a hotel room for 18 months did not go "looking for it". She was abused

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  14. blogs like these attract the usual opinionated comments. I for one am happy to admit that the 70's was a combination of naive fun and seedy lifestyle. to look at a photo and sum it all up as only one of those elements is just a reflection of the person posting the comment.
    I will say that neither Lori Maddox or Sable Starr were victims though... they chose to hang around older men and chose to leave when it wasn't fun anymore. of course that kind of thing is impossible for alot of people to comprehend this day and age...... the culture of "victims" and "suing for money" because you can.

    that comment of "Naked and bound groupies, under-age sex, brutal violence"..... ok.....

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    1. Ah, someone who understands! Thank you.

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    2. Groupies are still around and I'm sure just as young as they were in the 1970's. I am not saying that the Musicians, Actors, and the like are innocent. Questioning the parents. Would you let your children loose at a young age? Groupies in the 70's had their pictures everywhere.

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  15. WERE THE HELL IS MARIA PEREZ

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