At Christmas I gave an audiobook of Golf Monster read by Alice Cooper to a friend who collects Cooper recordings but who had never heard of the GTOs, an act discussed in one chapter. In attempting to describe the group, I kept confusing them with the Plaster Casters, so a little research… Wikipedia edits (including biographies of the two most prominent members): The GTOs were a “groupie group” [that] hailed from the area around Los Angeles in the late 1960s, with most of the girls being denizens of the Sunset Strip scene. Their only album, Permanent Damage (Straight Records), was produced in 1969 by Frank Zappa with the assistance of Lowell George (tracks 7 and 11). The songs are mixed in with conversations between members of the group, friends, and others, including Cynthia Plaster Caster and Rodney Bingenheimer. The album features songwriting contributions from Lowell George, Jeff Beck, and Davy Jones. Permanent Damage was re-issued on CD in 1989 by Enigma Retro. Miss Pamela (born 1948) is the most famous and successful of the GTOs. Prior to joining the group she had been a member of Vito Paulekis’ dancing troupe. Des Barres is the author of three memoirs with the first, I'm With the Band, based primarily on a diary she faithfully kept from high school through her eventual marriage, due, in part, to the encouragement she received from Zappa. All of the books describe life during the 1960s and the groupie scene, which Des Barres’ book, Let's Spend the Night Together, a collection of interviews with fellow rock groupies (2007), defends. Miss Pamela married and divorced musician Michael Des Barres. Together they have a son, musician Nicholas Des Barres, born in 1978. Miss Christine died on November 5, 1972, of an overdose in a house in Cohasset, Massachusetts that was being rented out by Jonathan Richman and his original group, the Modern Lovers. Her death occurred shortly after she had spent close to a year in a full body cast to correct her crooked spine. She appears on the cover of Frank Zappa’s album Hot Rats. Christine also dated Vincent Furnier from labelmates Alice Cooper, as well as Todd Rundgren and members of the Flying Burrito Brothers. Miss Christine was the live-in nanny for Zappa’s eldest two children, Dweezil and Moon Unit, before Miss Pamela took over the position during the late 1960s. ---- Has anyone heard Permanent Damage? Thoughts, impressions? What about I'm With the Band or another of Miss Pamela’s books, are they worth reading?