So many abusers among the liberated
‘I saw the greatest music ever. I got to hang out with some of the most amazing, most beautiful, most charismatic men in the world. I went to concerts in limos with police escorts. Am I going to regret this? No.”
Lori Maddox, quoted above, was 14 years old when she began her sexual relationship with rock star David Bowie. She began the night a virgin and by the end of it was involved in a ménage à trois with another underage girl. She would soon move on to a relationship with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who at 28 was precisely twice her age and who courted her by having the band’s manager kidnap her. That same manager was responsible for an infamous episode in which members of the band tied up a young fan and sodomized her with a mud shark. (He disputes the popular version of that story — it was, he says, a red snapper. The girl was a redhead, you see.) Ted Nugent, conservatives’ favorite rock star, was in a long-term relationship with an underage girl and, being unable to legally marry her, became her legal guardian (she claims; he denies the allegations). Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler did much the same thing, taking legal custody of a 16-year-old girl he would later impregnate and pressure into an abortion. Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones dated a 13-year-old when he was in his forties. Iggy Pop had a 13-year-old girlfriend. Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis — the golden age of rock-’n’-roll is full of adult men having public relationships with underage girls. Chuck Berry went to prison for transporting an underage girl across state lines for sexual purposes and later faced child-abuse charges related to the possession of child pornography. The charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.