Author(s): Jenny Fabian; Johnny Byrne
When Groupie was first published in 1969 it caused a sensation. The Swingin' Sixties capacity to outrage may have been starting to decline, but this novel managed to shock all over again. A thinly fictionalised chronicle of Jenny Fabian's adventures with underground rock heroes of her day, Groupie caused a furore for all kinds of reasons...it had the scent of danger that accompanies an authentic original, it ruffled feathers with its matter of fact descriptions of drug taking and sexual high jinks, it prompted guessing games about teh true identities of its principal characters, most of all, it was highly explicity about a phenomenon that had never before been documented. Almost three decades later, this book is still extraordinarily fresh and playing the celebrity guessing game is still fun. Groupie is also the genuine article - no reconstruction of Sixties underground rock culture has ever captured the Zeitgist as as well as this novel.