Lori Mattix smiles and posea for the camera, with Keith Moon's arm around her shoulder, black and white

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For most, groupie is a derogatory term. According to MusicalExpert.org, a groupie is basically an extreme fan who devotes considerable energy to following and attempting to engage with their celebrity of choice. Methods of engagement vary from keeping a healthy distance to full-blown stalking. Some groupies are content with a selfie or autograph while others seek out physical intimacy.

By far the most famous groupies were the liberated young women of the 1960s and ’70s. As Fashion Magazine notes, these ladies – who considered themselves muses as much as intimate partners – inspired the fictionalized "Band Aids" in Cameron Crowe’s movie "Almost Famous," which showcases the rock music heyday of the 1970s. It was a time of evolving gender roles, emerging feminism, and sexual freedom. Oral contraceptives had only just become mainstream and the AIDS crisis had not yet put a damper on free love (per MusicalExpert.org).

If you ask the women who made the rounds during rock music’s glory days, they’ll claim it was about so much more than sex – though that was certainly part of it (per Fashion Magazine). Indeed, many musicians have immortalized groupies in their songs over the years, proving that these alluring ladies left an indelible lipstick-stained mark on the music industry. So, who were the women who devoted their lives to sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll? Here are some of the most famous groupies of classic rock.

Sable Starr smiling and sitting on a male rocker's lap in a red hat and black veil
Black and white photo of Jimmy Page and Lori Mattix smiling
Bebe Buell looking sultry with a pink background in 1980
Black and white photo of Pamela Des Barres smiling with her arm around Alice Cooper
Cynthia Albritton smiling and holding one of her phallic casts
Closeup of Roxana Shirazi smiling with heavy eyeliner
Morgana Welch smirking in front of a mirror
Connie Hamzy smiling and looking to the left
Closeup of Chris O'Dell speaking on a black background
Black and white photo of Tura Satana smiling and holding a bottle of champagne and a glass
 Nancy Spungen wearing heavy makeup and posing with Sid Vicious wearing an eyepatch
Black and white closeup of Uschi Obermaier wearing eyeliner with her mouth open
Closeup of Cathy Smith leaning against a wall and smirking
Cherry Vanilla smiling while holding a microphone