By Alanna Nash
Updated June 22, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Pamela Des Barres profiles two dozen fellow band-aids in an exuberant attempt to rehab the word groupie, from harlot to muse. The veracity of these raunchy tales is up for grabs, but the claims of Kurt Cobain’s cross-dressing and Chuck Berry’s scatological obsession are scandalously entertaining. The tone of Let’s Spend the Night Together seems to be celebratory — one fan admits to having sex with 30 musicians in one night — but the utter emptiness of these women’s lives emerges most clearly, even if they don’t believe they’ve been used. ”They wanted us there,” says one woman of her music idols, ”and they treated us like goddesses.”