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‘The Last Living Slut’ Author: ‘I Am Too Wild to Be a Groupie’

The gorgeous Roxana Shirazi is a contradiction in terms. She was born in Iran, but bred backstage. In her new book, aptly titled ‘The Last Living Slut: Born in Iran, Bred Backstage,’ the authoress makes quintessential groupie stories, like when Marilyn Manson and his crew used to toss lunch meat at the asses of groupies, seem like the actions of a buttoned-up, prudish librarian.

Shirazi is a wild child at heart and is someone who wanted to push rock stars to the limits before she let them push her; she found out that backstage at a concert doesn’t diverge much from the sociological constructs that guide a 9-to-5 office environment. She speaks of golden showers, of having her hair pulled by the girlfriend/manager of a up and coming band. She found herself battling unspoken backstage codes when all she wanted to do was get down and dirty. But don’t dismiss Shirazi as some cheap whore for rock stars. She’s also an academic who earned a degree in Gender and Feminist Studies. While some may find her politics polarizing, there’s no denying you can’t put her book down.

Your book presents two opposing forces – you are of Iranian heritage, where the culture oppresses women and has them cover up, whereas you are taking it all off, literally and figuratively!

I am either really brave or really stupid. My parents, brother and sister are not religious, thankfully. They are all feminists and quite left wing. I am the black sheep and am quite wild, in the rock ‘n’ roll world. I don’t think my family likes me taking off my clothes and being openly sexual.

Has your family — namely the women — read your book?

I don’t want my family to read my book. My brother has and we are very close and he read it but he was saddened. He thought I was degraded by the lifestyle, as a woman.

Before I get into all the crazy stuff you did, do you feel you were degraded?

I love rock ‘n’ roll, but I had a romanticized view of it. Films like ‘Almost Famous’ portray that world, but it’s not really like that. I came from a place of absolutely crazy behavior, but I found it was a lot of sticking to codes of behavior and I am too wild for rock ‘n’ roll. It is not a utopian playground; it was like working in an office, with cliques of people. Maybe in the ’60s it was wild, but now it’s not like that. I still love it and I hang out, but it’s not as wild as I thought it would be. I am too wild to be a groupie, since I am not meek and subservient. I wanted to be the rock star. I want to have it my way and choose who I want to sleep with.

I thought your Bullet for My Valentine story was interesting — how you were backstage talking to them and the girlfriend/manager yanked your hair and threw you out. Tell us another insane story!

I met some famous rock stars, like Mötley Crüe and Velvet Revolver but I am wilder than these guys. I wanted to show these guys that they are boring. I was with a band in a hotel and they were being boring so I made one of them get out of bed and go look for a guy for me. It was like if you are not going to sleep with me, then go find someone me someone hot. It was someone in Faster Pussycat and I made him go to corridor to find me a hot guy. That’s how women should do it: make the guys work for us.

Is that your form of radical feminism? Giving the women the power?

I don’t label myself, since I always thought when you label yourself, people will see you in a certain way. I call myself a humanist, since I don’t stick to any labels or codes of behavior, but I am pro-woman power. I believe women can be strong but I am not anti-men at all. I don’t hate men. I love men, too. I don’t like it when women are degraded. There are so many double standards, but men can be whatever they want and they are called a ‘stud,’ ‘heartbreaker’ or ‘player.’ Women are looked at as so negative for doing exact same thing. I wanted my book to say, “I am Iranian, academic and really sexual, so how can you categorize me?” It’s my middle finger up to the world — humans are too complex to label. I wanted people to realize I am not prudish because I am academic and because I am openly sexual that doesn’t make me a bimbo.

You participated in a golden showers situation with Avenged Sevenfold …

These guys could be fun. They are from Huntington Beach, [Calif.] and quite sweet boys underneath, so maybe I did freak them out. It was a wild experience and you have to enjoy it, but it wasn’t pure enjoyment. It was to push buttons, to see who could outplay who. It was a game thing. Wild behavior means to be brave and open with your sexuality. They are more conservative.

Have your standards of wild been met yet by anyone or anything?

I’ve met bands that are not famous, who have that hunger and are raw. They want to make it, like the Crüe in 1983. Gatecrusher from Norway. They are like Sex Pistols plus Mötley Crüe.

Are you concerned about reactions from the Iranian world and the possibility that someone might issue a fatwa for you?

I try not to think of that because it scares me. I hear stuff … like the documentarian in Holland who made film about Islam and a writer who was killed. I have asked people, who have said, ‘You’ll be fine.’ I have not insulted the Koran, Islam the religion or Mohammed. I don’t say anything bad about that, since I respect everyone’s religion. People might get wrong idea or some may think, “Oh, she’s Iranian,” and that could trigger them. Or people can be volatile, and think, “Oh, she is the devil.” I hope that doesn’t happen. The thought scares me, but there is no reason for any backlash, since I have not insulted their religion. Then again, they could look at me as a nice girl who was taken out of Iran and put into the Western world and was corrupted.

What is the numero uno golden rule of groupiedom?

Never fall in love with a musician, I mean, like ever. I think anyone who loves rock ‘n’ roll and has that life should do it for fun, but don’t do it for your whole life. It was day and night for me, even at university. I planned my next tour. It’s not healthy; it’s like an addiction but it is a temporary high. The come down is very lonely.

You broke that rule by falling in love with Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses.

Dizzy was a nice guy and I had thought maybe I will go with the flow, but it ended up being thrown back in my face. Not everyone is like that. They do tend to live a lifestyle, constantly being worshiped and they are not stable people. They forget about you once they get back to family.

What would you tell young women who are thinking about following in your footsteps?

It depends on how old they are. I see girls, who are like 14 or 15, and I tell them, “Don’t do anything you don’t want to.” They are babies. I always say, “Have fun within yourself.” If you really enjoy it, don’t do it for other people or to please somebody. Do it for you. Remember rock stars are men and don’t be special for them because they are famous. Respect your body and your mind. If you do crazy stuff like I did, have it in focus and be in control.

Lastly, has there been any backlash from bands against you for talking about them in the book?

Not so far. When it comes out, I am a little bit worried. A lot of them knew beforehand and some even asked if they could be in it. But a few people I care about … I told him last year about it and I felt bad. But then again, I haven’t written anything bad. I don’t want to hurt anyone; that is the last thing I want. I guess I have to wait and see.

Are you now dating non-rock stars?

I have … I mean, they are stable and different to be around. It’s a safe life and it’s nice, but unfortunately, I have a certain type and they are tattooed with eyeliner, long hair and they tend to be non stable. It could be a plumber, though. Just treat me like a princess. Then I am happy.

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