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Episode 47: Lori Lightning

Updated: Apr 22, 2019

Rodney Bingenheimer, Jimmy Page and Lori Mattix, Michael Ochs Archive

This week Chanty and Lynx return to tell you all about LORI LIGHTNING!

Lori found herself on the Sunset Strip in the 1970’s “by accident”. A teen model and one of the youngest of the famous Groupies, Lori was there during the height of the rock and roll heydays! Lori had an ongoing relationship with Jimmy Page, a tryst with Mick Jagger and lost her virginity to David Bowie (and maintained a loving relationship with him afterwards)! She was a very close personal friend of Sable Starr and the Mayor of the Sunset Strip, Rodney Bingenheimer.

As Bebe Buell said about these girls, “Every rock star that came to LA wanted to meet them, it wasnt the other way around. It was like, ‘We’ve got to meet Sable Starr and Lori Maddox…’  There was a certain crowd you had to meet when you were in LA”. Taken from the VH1 documentary and the book by the same name: Let’s Spend the Night TogetherPamela Des Barres speaks with Lori Mattix, reminiscing about their wild days and nights with the musicians that they loved. No matter how controversial it may have been, the girls put themselves where they wanted to be when they wanted to be there, and they wouldn’t change a thing about it.