1. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain
I mean, obviously. As if you didn’t read the title of the post and know these babes were going to be on this list. I wrote an entire post about how much I love Courtney a few months ago and I’ve been a Kurt/Nirvana fan for almost as long as I’ve loved Courtney and Hole. I love Courtney’s ‘Dirty Blonde‘ and Kurt’s ‘Journals‘, I love the home videos of them with their daughter Francis Bean from Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel, I love Heavier Than Heaven and Poppy Z. Brite’s ‘Courtney Love: The Real Story‘. Love, love love. They were an amazing match of two incredibly talented people and if you buy into any of the bullshit rumors about their relationship you are a jerk.
2. Wendy and Brett Whiteley
Maybe artists aren’t technically rock ‘n’ roll couples but Wendy and Brett lived at the Chelsea and were junkies so whatever, I think they qualify. They met when she was 16 and he was 17, travelled all over Europe and America together, and got Janis Joplin to babysit their daughter Arkie while they lived at the Chelsea in New York City. Eventually Wendy got clean, Brett didn’t and they divorced in 1989. He ODed in 1992 and today Wendy Whiteley lives in Lavender Bay near her secret garden. They also created some great art but I think you guys can find that on your own with the help of google.
3. Iman and David Bowie
Usually I find the rock star and model pairing really boring but I love these two. They met on a blind date which I think is so cute. I really wish they had gotten together earlier than the 90s though, imagine the outfits they could have been pictured in together in the 1970s or 80s, man that would have been good. Anyway, they’ve been married for 20 years which in celebrity years is pretty huge, they have a twelve year old daughter and as far as I can tell they seem to be the perfect couple.
4. Beth Ditto and Kristin Ogata
Beth Ditto and her partner Kristin Ogata have been best friends since they were 18 years old and now, in their 30s, they’re engaged to be married. Every single photo I have ever seen of them, they just look so freaking happy and I love it! I’ve read interviews with Beth where she says that she thinks she was ‘born to marry Kristin’ and like, what is more heartwarming than that?! There’s not much information about Kristin online (or at least that I could find anyway) all I really know about her is that she used to be a waitress/student, worked as Beth’s assistant and is from Hawaii. I want to know more!
5. Sable Starr and Robert Plant (& Stiv Bators & Iggy Pop & Johnny Thunders & anyone else she hooked up with because she was awesome)
If you weren’t reading GroupieCentral.com when you were a teenager you missed out. Although it’s no longer online you can find pages from it scattered around various places on the interweb, the famous message board is here but a lot of the other content appears to be lost forever. Sable Starr was a famous Los Angeles groupie (obviously the whole idea of ‘groupies’ is a totally sexist and gross concept) in the early 1970s. She dated or hooked up with guys like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Johnny Thunders (although from what I’ve read he was a douchebag who abused her so let’s not talk about him). It gets pretty creepy when you’re reading about these hook ups because Sable was 13 or 14 years old and was hooking up with guys 10+ years older than her but I know that when I was a teenager I thought that was kind of awesome (now that I am 10+ years older I know that if a 20-something dude is trying to date teenage girls he is a creep and teen girls should stay the hell away from him) and I can still sort of suspend belief and think about how cool it must have been to see Sable Starr and Miss Pamela of the GTOs having screaming fights in LA bars.
In the mid-70s Sable moved to New York to live with Johnny Thunders for a few years, then dated Richard Hell and after they broke up she ‘retired from the scene’ and moved back home to LA at the ripe old age of seventeen. I wish that she had written a book about her life or something but sadly she died of a brain tumor a couple of years ago.
For further reading see: Lori Maddox, ‘I’m With The Band‘ by Miss Pamela/Pamela Des Barres, ‘Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk‘ by Legs McNeil, ‘Hammer of the Gods: The Saga of Led Zeppelin‘ by Stephen Davis, Sighs and Whispers’ Style Icon posts on both Sable and Lori (And yes, in case it wasn’t obvious I do love this shit. I might write a blog post solely about these groupie girls one day).
6. Demri Parrott and Layne Staley
Demri Parrott and Layne Staley aren’t usually mentioned in stories about tragic rock n roll couples which is weird because their story is basically perfect for it. They got together sometime in the late 80s/early 90s, were engaged from 1992 – 1994 and broke up in 1994. Demri died on October 29, 1996 at age 27 and Staley died in April 2002 aged 34, both deaths were heroin related. There is a lot of information about Layne on the internet due to Alice In Chains’ fame but there isn’t much about Demri, just a couple of websites with some photos and a bit of information about her being an aspiring model and vintage clothing lover which is a bummer because I would love to know more about her.
Runners up: Kim and Thurston, Drew Barrymore and Eric Erlandson, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe (or Fred Smith), Ione Skye and anybody, Stevie Nicks and anybody, Stephanie Seymour and Axl Rose, Amy and Blake, Nancy and Sid, Edie and Andy (sort of), Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger, Priscilla and Elvis, Kate Moss and Pete Doherty.