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the 1970s, again

Posted by NFiH on Saturday, October 03 2009 at 8:17:29PM

Famous ex-groupie Lori Lightning aka Lori Mattix tells how, aged 13, she lost her virginity to David Bowie:
Back at the Hilton, the youngsters [Lori and Sable Starr aka Sable Shields, aged 14] joined Stuie [Bowie's bodyguard] and David [Bowie] in their snazzy adjoining suites. "There was a big living room with fluffy white shag carpet, and Stuie rolled this humongous hash joint — one of those huge spliffs. I had smoked pot before, but it wasn’t like this. I got so fucked up. David went into the bedroom and said, 'I’m going to take a bath.' All of a sudden, the door opens and Bowie is standing there with that gorgeous white skin and carrot-red hair, no eyebrows, wearing a kimono. It was in his early Ziggy Stardust era, and that was the first time I thought, Oh, I want him! Sable was like, 'I’ll kill you if you go with him because I want him and you can’t have him.' He came out and said, 'Lori, could come over here?' and I said, 'Alone?' I was so paranoid—stoned and paranoid, and he said, 'Yes, please, just you.' I go in and he’s about to close the door, and I’m looking at Sable and she’s in tears. I was so nervous. I had boyfriends in junior high; all the smooching, but I’d never had intercourse. So he escorts me into the bathroom and takes off his kimono, gets into the bathtub, and sits there staring at me with those different-colored eyes. You have to understand—he’s so gorgeous, his skin is so white and flawless. So he says, 'Can you wash my back?' and that was just the beginning. He knew it was my first time, and he was so gentle with me. We started to fuck in every position possible. Then I told him I felt so bad about Sable, and he said, 'Well, do you think we should go and get her?' I said yes, and we walked into the living room and she was fogging up the windows, writing, 'I want to fuck David!' So he called her into the bedroom and we all spent the night together. David Bowie was the one who devirginized me."

(Pamela des Barres, Let's Spend the Night Together, p. 179-180)

Now imagine how this story would sound if it wasn't told to another ex-groupie 30 years later, but to a DA out to get a degenerate British rock star (remember that Bowie flirted with bisexuality at the time). Wouldn't it be something like "Bowie drugged me [the spliff] and then he repeatedly raped me and my friend Sable"?

[PS. Sable Shields, who died from cancer earlier this year, told the story a bit differently: she was the center of Bowie's attention, and "I don't know where Laurie was. She was always there, but she never was, you know?" OTOH, Lori's description of Sable's antics agrees with what Ron Asheton and others remember about her stay with the Stooges. I don't think either of them was deliberately lying, they just remembered the same incident very differently; human memory is not a tape recorder.]

[PPS. A few months later, Lori became Jimmy Page's girlfriend. "Star magazine came out and he saw how young I was. Jimmy loved young girls — babies — and that’s how it happened."]

Surf safe;)


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