Permanent Damage by Mercy Fontenot audiobook

Permanent Damage: Memoirs of an Outrageous Girl

By Mercy Fontenot , with Lyndsey Parker
Read by Natasha Soudek

Highbridge Audio 9781644281826
7.82 Hours 1
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Mercy Fontenot was a Zelig who grew up in the San Francisco Haight-Ashbury scene, where she crossed paths with Charles Manson, went to the first Acid Test, and was friends with Jimi Hendrix (she was later in his movie Rainbow Bridge). She predicted the Altamont disaster when reading the Rolling Stones's tarot cards at a party and left San Francisco for the climes of Los Angeles in 1967 when the Haight "lost its magic." Miss Mercy's work in the GTOs, the Frank Zappa–produced all-female band, launched her into the pages of Rolling Stone in 1969. Her adventures saw her jumping out of a cake at Alice Cooper's first record release party, while high on PCP, and had her travel to Memphis where she met Al Green and got a job working for the Bar-Kays. Along the way, she married and then divorced Shuggie Otis, before transitioning to punk rock and working with the Rockats and Gears. This is her story as she lived and saw it. Written just prior to her death in 2020, Permanent Damage shows us the world of the 1960s and 1970s music scene through Mercy's eyes, as well as the fallout of that era—experiencing homelessness before sobering up and putting her life back together. Miss Mercy's journey is a can't-miss for anyone who was there and can't remember, or just wishes they'd been there.

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Summary

Summary

Mercy Fontenot was a Zelig who grew up in the San Francisco Haight-Ashbury scene, where she crossed paths with Charles Manson, went to the first Acid Test, and was friends with Jimi Hendrix (she was later in his movie Rainbow Bridge). She predicted the Altamont disaster when reading the Rolling Stones's tarot cards at a party and left San Francisco for the climes of Los Angeles in 1967 when the Haight "lost its magic."

Miss Mercy's work in the GTOs, the Frank Zappa–produced all-female band, launched her into the pages of Rolling Stone in 1969. Her adventures saw her jumping out of a cake at Alice Cooper's first record release party, while high on PCP, and had her travel to Memphis where she met Al Green and got a job working for the Bar-Kays. Along the way, she married and then divorced Shuggie Otis, before transitioning to punk rock and working with the Rockats and Gears. This is her story as she lived and saw it.

Written just prior to her death in 2020, Permanent Damage shows us the world of the 1960s and 1970s music scene through Mercy's eyes, as well as the fallout of that era—experiencing homelessness before sobering up and putting her life back together. Miss Mercy's journey is a can't-miss for anyone who was there and can't remember, or just wishes they'd been there.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mercy wore unusual and stunning makeup. She set a trend. She was a very individualistic, charismatic woman. The GTOs made the party swing and were an integral part of rock ’n’ roll culture at the time.” Dave Davies, lead guitarist for the Kinks, praise for the author
“Mercy was my counterculture cover girl. She represented the movement of women finally staking their territory in the world of individuality, free of society’s demands to conform.” Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone photographer, praise for the author

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Author Bio: Mercy Fontenot

Author Bio: Mercy Fontenot

Mercy Fontenot (1949–2020) ran away at sixteen in 1965 to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. In 1967, citing that the Haight was getting boring and she couldn’t stay a hippie forever, Fontenot moved to Los Angeles, where she met Frank Zappa and Pamela Des Barres and fell in with the GTOs, an all-female band whose album Permanent Damage was released in 1969. The two songs she wrote for the band were eventually recorded by Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, and Lowell George. In the late-70s, after marrying and divorcing Shuggie Otis, she reinvented herself, doing punk hair and styling for bands like the Rockats and Gears and then influencing the roots-rock scene. After falling on hard times, she finally got sober and wrote her story. Permanent Damage is her memoir, published posthumously in 2021.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English