About A Girl

About A Girl

About A Girl is a scripted narrative anthology series about women whose stories have long been eclipsed by the legends of their famous partners. Bowie, Elvis, 2Pac, Prince, Miles, Biggie. Each of these icons created some of the most celebrated and enduring music of the modern age. But there's more to their stories than you know. About A Girl brings focus to the many women without whom the landscape of popular music might be very different.

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June 26, 2024 46 mins
A heat-seeking young beauty rockets through Europe, ricocheting off Fellini, Warhol, & Nico, before landing with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. But she falls for Keith Richards, and together they extricate her from Brian. Anita Pallenberg is with the Stones as they grow into world's premiere rock and roll band; she sings with them in the studio, makes films with Jane Fonda and Mick Jagger, her powerful aura a guiding force, but...
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Few pop artists achieved the dizzying creative and career highs that Prince did. An artist who famously stayed away from drugs and most anything that would cause him to lose control, Prince was aided in his legendary musical output by a small army of creative alter egos, who helped him maintain control and helped him reign supreme as one of the greatest pop musicians of all time, until of course, all control was lost. To view the f...
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June 20, 2024 36 mins
Mayte Garcia, a young dancer from Puerto Rico, meets Prince and slowly becomes immersed in his extraordinary world. Their collaboration becomes a romance and then a marriage, before tragedy pulls them apart. Sources for this episode can be found on our website. This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners. For more info on About a Girl and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow Double ...
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Ozzy Osbourne, along with his bandmates in Black Sabbath, invented heavy metal, and throughout Ozzy’s post-Sabbath solo career he would invent new, self-destructive forms of sabotage. Arrested at an early age for breaking and entering, Ozzy Osbourne refused to conform to societal norms and common decency. He would go on to be arrested numerous times and escape too many near-death experiences to recount, including a plane crashing i...
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Before she was a lightning rod television personality, Sharon Osbourne was a savvy music business operator under the tutelage of her maniacal father, the “Al Capone of Pop,” Don Arden. Together, Sharon and Ozzy just barely escaped his poisonous grasp, but that was only part of what she would have to survive. Sources: Extreme by Sharon Osbourne I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne Iron Man by Tony Iommi Mick Wall Interview See omnystudio.com/...
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Rick James may have been born into a life of crime, but he was determined to make his way in life through music. He intimidated George Clinton, inspired Prince, and more than likely saved Jim Morrison’s life. Rick James was rock ‘n roll’s Zelig. He was also sex-crazed, dangerous, and heavily addicted to crack cocaine. These three traits led to two separate arrests for the kidnapping and torture of two different women. Listen to thi...
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June 4, 2024 34 mins
With a guitar slung over her shoulder, Teena Marie walked into downtown LA and came out with a contract with Motown, where funk master Rick James was enticed to take her under his wing. She was soon shocked to find herself in love with him. But nothing is sweet and simple where Rick James was involved. Unsung: Teena Marie Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (Showtime) Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music, by Eric W...
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Bob Dylan was booed at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival – but not for the reason you’ve been led to believe. He went from Folk Music Jesus to Rock ‘n Roll Judas, alienating thousands of fans with ear-splitting, confrontational music. Many of those fans heckled him. One even tried to attack him on stage with a knife. He returned home from a European tour that nearly killed him….only to get into a motorcycle accident that, it was said,...
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May 28, 2024 33 mins
The gospel-fed daughter of one of Ray Charles’s Raelettes had no idea who this Bob Dylan character was when she was called to audition for his band. Within a few years, she would be his wife and mother to his daughter—both of them hidden from the public, as Dylan converted to Christianity and tried to find his identity as a man and as an artist. Sources: A Look Back At Bob Dylan's First Album Carolyn Dennis: The Secret Wife of Bob ...
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On the backs of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest innovators and one of its greatest ringmasters, Van Halen made some of the greatest music of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen chased the perfect sound while lead singer David Lee Roth chased the next party. They were also ruthless when it came to protecting the unique thing they had created. Nothing was allowed to stand in their way. Not bullies, bootleggers, cyn...
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America’s girl next door meets the leader of America’s wildest rock band. As Valerie Bertinelli struggles with her career as an actress, Eddie Van Halen and his band skyrocket to success, and he faces his own challenges by leaning into his drinking. Valerie moves to help him, but when the lifestyles they lead and the demands of work cause a rift, she finds she has her own demons to face. Sources: Enough Already: Learning to Love th...
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We've paired this Disgraceland episode on George Harrison with About A Girl's episode on Patti Boyd. To learn more about Disgraceland, visit disgracelandpod.com. George Harrison famously survived the dissolution of the Beatles, a bust by London’s drug squad, a potentially bloody visit from the Hell’s Angels, and a few rounds with cancer. But on the final day of the 20th century, his strength and faith were put to the ultimate te...
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Pattie Boyd is one of the best known rock star partners, having married both Beatle George Harrison and then Harrison’s close friend Eric Clapton. She famously inspired the Beatles’ “Something” and Clapton’s “Layla.”. But less publicized is the infidelity and turmoil that infected both marriages. Find out how she responded and finally emerged from it all. Sources: Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd George Harrison: Behind the Locked...
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February 23, 2024 2 mins
Welcome to DISGRACELAND in 2024. Jake Brennan will continue to bring you the most insane stories about rock stars getting away with murder and behaving very badly ... and will also tell other stories about icons from beyond the world of music who possess dangerously compelling rock 'n roll hearts. Like Anthony Bourdain. Andy Warhol. Hunter S. Thompson. Kobe Bryant. Garth Brooks. Public Enemy. Van Halen. And so many more. Get the sc...
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Marjorie was the right hand of dance icon Martha Graham when she met Woody Guthrie. She took loving care of both as they each moved toward self-destruction, and especially of Woody, even after their divorce, while he succumbed to Huntington’s Disease. Sources: Woody Guthrie: A Life by Joe Klein MarjorieGuthrie.com https://www.nytimes.com/1983/03/14/obituaries/marjorie-guthrie-singer-s-widow-65.html The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of ...
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December 22, 2023 43 mins
The mysterious woman on the cover of the breakthrough album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ was a major influence on the legendary musician’s development, just as he was becoming “Bob Dylan.” He assimilated her art, influences, and politics into his persona and his songs, so many of which were written about or for her. They were intensely in love at a very young age in a time of social upheaval, all in the cauldron of Greenwich Villag...
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The daughter of a blues pioneer falls in love with two brilliant musicians. Sly Stone takes her out of her quiet life, but almost drags her into the dark world of his own demons. Then she meets Carlos Santana, a long partnership built on a mutual search for transcendence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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December 8, 2023 43 mins
Linda Keith was so determined to make Jimi Hendrix a star that she dumped Keith Richards. She got Hendrix a manager and a record deal, but then felt compelled to let him go, even if he was never able to really let go of her. Sources: 'How I helped to make Jimi Hendrix a rock'n'roll star' Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy by Harry Shapiro For behind the scenes info and news on this episode, follow: Instagram:@DoubleElvis @Aboutagirlpod @...
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One of the most significant songwriters since the late 1950s, Jackie DeShannon was responsible for writing dozens of hit songs, but struggled to make her own mark as a performer. Her early singles attracted the attention of the Beatles, who brought her on their first North American tour, but it would be a few years before she broke through with a pair of epic songs and a brilliant album. Meanwhile she crossed paths with significant...
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November 17, 2023 37 mins
A beautiful English girl drifts into pop stardom and the inner circle of the Rolling Stones in 1960s London. As the girlfriend of Stones frontman Mick Jagger, the glare of public attention and personal misadventures take their toll on her mental health. She withdraws from her life, descending into addiction and hitting bottom before returning with a new voice (figuratively and literally) and an artistic triumph. Sources for this ep...
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