Girlfriend & Muse

Beverle Lorence “Bebe” Buell [14.07.53]

“Muse is such a beautiful word. It just sounds nicer. It’s a lot more romantic.” - on her preference for the term ’muse’ over ’groupie

I’m a Stones girl, but it was as soon as I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. I was 9. The whole British invasion sort of changed my life. It made me want to move to New York.

But I’m also one of those people that even when I have a backstage pass, I like being in the pit with the people. Yes, I’ve watched it from behind the soundboard, I think even from the ceiling a couple of times. I maybe even hung from a chandelier or two. But I think the best place to see music is from the vantage of the audience, where you’re supposed to see it. If you come to a show, you’ll see that the front is always filled with 20-year-old girls.

Cameron [Crowe] and I did tour together. We met each other in ’73 when he went on the road with Todd Rundgren for a story for Rolling Stone, and we were the babies, and we did bond. He did take a lot of my lines, a lot of autobiographical stuff, and turn it into a fictional film. That’s what I try to tell people all the time. Almost Famous is not nonfiction! But so many people think it is! They think it’s the gospel. Nobody ever traded me for beer, and I never anointed myself a Band-Aid, but some of the story lines were very true.

It was always about the music for me. Some of the wives, they never really like the road. They felt very threatened by all the women and the lifestyle. But I wasn’t one of those. People have to stop being so judgmental. If I’d been Todd’s wife, maybe things would have gone totally different. But there was no ring on it. I was a free agent. And I was a very independent, successful girl. I did my own thing, I made my own money, I bought my own airline tickets. When I got a paycheck, I went to Bergdorf and I bought my own clothes. There were no rock stars buying me my clothes.