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Once Upon a Rock Star: Backstage Passes in the Heavy Metal Eighties-Big Hair, Bad Boys (and One Bad Girl) [Kindle Edition]

Rita Rae Roxx
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Rock me all night long...
A decade of rock history...and a decade of rock fan adoration for one little chiquita from Omaha who spent star-studded nights with superstars of eighties rockdom: David Lee Roth with Van Halen, Billy Squier, Ozzy Osbourne's Jake E. Lee, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels and Poison, Vivian Campbell and Def Leppard, the J. Geils Band's Peter Wolf, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and plenty more.
Rockin' Rita and her sexy entourage were ultra-fans who rocked the boys in the bands backstage and between the covers when the heavy metal rockers and hair bands rolled into town in their tour buses. With her own outrageously high hair and edgy original clothing designs, Rita never missed an opportunity to get the coveted backstage passes that led to dressing room parties and hotel hook-ups.
This is a sex-and-tell story about her obsession for sex and drugs with rock stars. Rita reveals her flirtatious romps and hard rock tales with the bad boys of eighties heavy metal in her legend-filled story...Once Upon a Rock Star

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About the Author

A friend wrote in Rita’s 1982 high school yearbook: "I hope that someday you will meet your true David Lee Roth … and become a rock and roll queen."
After leaving Omaha and moving to LA, Rita continued her pursuit of heavy metal bands throughout the 1980s. She eventually traded rock stars for movie stars and did a stint as a stand-up comic at LA’s Improv, The Comedy Store, and the Rose Tattoo. She worked at the exclusive Tramps of London club where she met many more movie stars and the glitterati of Hollywood—who are in the stories for Rita’s next book continuing her adventures in California in the 1990s.
After leaving LA with more memories than any single person could ever experience, Rita returned to her hometown and turned over a new leaf. She is a hard-working mom who is active in her church (just in case a higher power is needed!).
Her extensive scrapbooks of backstage passes and personal photos document a lifestyle that rock fans only dream about.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4391 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Arbor Oak Books (17 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NF30LU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Harmless Read with Great Photos 24 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The previous reviewer may be a tad on the prudish side, because I got a kick out of her inventiveness. I was shocked to learn that this stuff went on behind the scenes, and I was just entering my 20s during the early part of the book. I had a ball reading some of the stories, but the pictures are what really sold me. I went to some of the concerts she is talking about in her book. I found it entertaining. She's not trying to BE Herman Melville or Willa Cather, ya know? Give the girl a break!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish. 20 Mar. 2013
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I only got this because it was free, and I thought it might be interesting, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
It's badly written, with no depth. You don't feel anything for this female (I won't say lady, because she is clearly not one).
It's just 'I made a costume and looked really hot. Went to a gig, did drugs, and had sex with someone'. Doesn't seem to matter who she had sex with, if the main star wasn't interested, then she would work her way down the food chain until she found someone to do the deed.
To be honest, I gave up halfway through because it was just the same thing, again and again. Maybe I should have carried on. Who knows, perhaps she saw the light and turned to religion before the end !

Summary, don't bother. I'm sure there are other books of a similar nature that will be a better read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I gotta quit reading these books 13 Dec. 2012
By o.i.e.Records,Ltd.  John McGlasson - Published on
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Because I almost always end up disappointed. Poorly written and crammed full of semi-believable tales of sex and debauchery. Name-dropping expedition to rival any wannabe scenesters. There. Is nothing even remotely redeeming about this girl's stories, the saddest part is, she wasn't anywhere near as hot as she thought she was, and was clearly being used while looking for a real relationship on a tour bus. Sad.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocks So Hard 20 Nov. 2012
By Ria Darling - Published on
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First, I loved this book and could not put it down. It's a fascinating tale of the 80's in a small town and all the 80's hair bands (mainly metal) that she saw and hooked up with. It's juicy and I respect her because she's wily. Never in the book did I get the impression she was untruthful and one of the highlights is that she includes TONS of photos, backstage passes and ticket stubs. It was such a time capsule to the 80's as well-I remember so many of the bands she saw and even saw some of the same tours. (Alas, I was a good girl so that's why you're reading my review, not my book). That said, the drawback to the book is that it badly needs an editor. It could have been so awesome if only she had the right editor-better than Pamela Des Barres I'm With the Band-with the right editor. As it is, I'm sure that there are people who will find it just unreadable because of the writing. Be warned-I'm not sure she ever went to college and her writing is not the highlight of the book. She overuses some phrases (new drinking game-drink every time she writes 'rock(s/ed) so hard')and even though it's years later shows very little reflection on her motivation for her actions. I longed to read 'In hindsight, I realize now.." but that just never happened. She skips around a lot, from show to show and shares very little of her personal life outside of her musical conquests. Which is funny because, in addition to assuming the band members only used her for drugs and sex, she's assuming that's all the reader wants of her tale as well. She's selling herself short-she has a great story to tell if she'd let more of herself come through.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh... 21 July 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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Pretty much I slept with this guy, and this guy, I was so hot that this one hit on me, and that too.. kinda sad and skanky, but it was free.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I would have given this zero stars. 27 Aug. 2014
By Sandra J Barnes - Published on
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Where do I begin. She goes to concerts. She looks hot (she tells us this herself). She rocks it out (according to her). She meets many heavy metal band members and sleeps with them. If she can't get the guy she wants in the band, she goes for choice number two and if that doesn't work out, she'll sleep with her third choice. She gets backstage by offering not only her body, but weed and cocaine as well. She stalks the bands from city to city and racks up her conquests like notches on a bedpost. Oh, I forgot to mention, she's so busy sleeping around she almost doesn't notice that her mother has breast cancer. I lived the 80's. I went to see the bands. Fortunately, in my case, I had enough self-respect not to give out free blow jobs or sex to get backstage. This was worse than trashy and I don't recommend it to anyone, even if it's free.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Get What It Shoud Be But Know What it Is Not... 5 April 2013
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So I get the gist of what Rita is trying to portray. The sad part is it reads as if a small child wrote it. If you can overlook that then you can learn a lot of the dirty goings-on of a diehard groupie. I think it started off for the right reasons but turned into more of a game where she was keeping score. Heck no I'm not going to go by myself and wait outside a tour bus for the door to open. And am I the only one who thinks a lot of the rockers who took advantage of Rita's naive willingness were maybe pedophiles? Granted almost every rocker on the planet (especially then) was either drunk or high but good grief she was so young!
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