SLUT N’ROLL

„NOWADAYS THERE IS NO REAL ROCK’N’ROLL, NOT GUNS N’ROSES DAYS ANYMORE” – SAYS ROXANA SHIRAZI, „THE LAST LIVING SLUT”.

The title of your book is The Last Living Slut. why did you decide to use such rough words to name your book? There is no woman who would like to hear these words towards her!

Why is slut a rough word? Its definition means a man or woman who has many sexual partners and is sexually very active. Why is that a negative?

For many people „slut” sounds very negative. It seems like in our society drugs are still more acceptable than sex…

I don’t understand why being sexually active and experimental is a negative. How does it define how you are as a human being? Selfish, mean, lazy, cruel are negatives, not enjoying different sexual partners. It doesn’t make sense.

Born in Iran… what happened to that girl from Iran who found her place in the world of rock’n’ roll?

That girl died in 1984. I am still very much Iranian and my heart belongs to Iran but being forcefully taken away from my home, friends, family and my roots killed that girl.

When you moved to England from Iran you were still a little girl (media say you were 10), but part of your character was already formed. Did you have to get rid of some of your barriers to get into the rock’n’ roll world or was it rather a straight, simple way to get there?

I lost my virginity at 24 so I was quite shy until then although I had my first orgasm when I was 10. So there was a wild sexual vixen inside me who was an exhibitionst and attention seeker. So the rock’n’roll stage was a natural platform for me to be the extrovert Roxana.

Bred backstage… what have you learned at backstage?

Male groupies are wildly jealous of girl groupies and that nowadays there is no real rock’n’roll; it is not 1984 anymore circa Mötley Crüe and Guns N’Roes days. It is all corporate boring shit now.

I am doing this interview for a magazine based in Poland and I have to admit there are not many people who could read your book. It was never published in Poland. Could you tell us why you decided to describe your memories in the book?

When I was doing my masters at university, I wanted to write about the revolution and war in Iran and my magical memories of childhood. At the time I had this ‘other’ life of being on the road with bands and someone said to me, ‘why don’t you write about your adult life too? It would make such a contrast with Iran and war. Rock’n’roll, sex and Iran!’ I thought it would be an interesting contrast.

To encourage our readers to read your book – could you tell us about one of the wildest stories you described in your book?

Haha! I am not sure whether your readers would get offended! Let’s just say there was a whole rock band involved!

photo: private archives

You don’t mind telling readers about your wildest adventures or mentioning full names. Did the guys you mentioned in the book realize their names were going to be there?

Of course! I told all of them. Some of them were very excited to be in a book and some of them a bit scared.

How the world, besides the fans of rock, found your book? It’s not only about sex, but also about religion…

Everyone from different walks of life seems to have attached themselves to it. So many girls from Muslim countries love it as well as rock fans as well as girls who want a strong feminist role model.

Did you have to convince publishers to release your book?

It was tough. No one would publish it. It took a famous author called Neil Strauss to convince his publishers to publish it. I don’t think it was the sexual content; it was the fact that a girl from Iran wrote these explicit sexual things.

Women prefer not to tell about inconvenient situations which happened to them, for example, in their jobs. The subject of extramarital sex is still taboo. Your friends, lecturers, students, family must know what you’ve gone through… does it affect your relations with them?

Hmmm… tough one. The younger members of my family, for example, my sister and younger cousins are the ones that have a problem with me now and surprisingly not the older generation. Some of my younger cousins in Canada won’t speak to me.

You don’t call yourself „a groupie”. Who would you call „a groupie”?

How can anyone call themselves „a groupie”? Surely it is better to be a tiger than a kitten! Or a rock star than a groupie! I am the rock star, I am the tiger, not the kitten!

In the history or rock’n’ roll there are some groupies who found their place in mainstream culture (like Pamela Des Barres, Cynthia Plaster-Caster, Sweet Connie, Pattie Boyd…). Have you met some of them?

No. I like to meet all sorts of people from all walks of life but I am more interested in meeting poets, artists and writers who are original and not women who dedicate their life and profession to following rock bands. That to me, is a very humiliting way to live your life as a human being.

 

photo: private archives

Is there a competition between girls backstage?

Yes, always but there is more competition from male journalists who are really groupies and just took that job to hang out with bands! They wish they had boobs and a vagina! They are sooo jealous of the girls.

What emotions does music evoke in you?

Depends on what music I am listening to. I love classical and movie soundtracks, like the Godfather or Schindler’s List. The Doors always evoke beauty and sexuality in me, perhaps because of Jim’s voice as it is very carnal. When I listen to Iranian music, it reminds me of the Persian twilight.

Black Sabbath is on tour. Would you get on tour with them 40 years ago?

No. Not my thing. I would have got with The Doors instead. A lot hotter and more orgasmic!

I’d call you a liberated woman, a modern hippie. Do you like ‚60s? Would it feel good for you to live in 60’s and be a flower-power kid?

Oh, sooooo good. I wish I had been around in the ‘60s. I am such a hippy. I believe in everyone  loving each other and reading poetry and philosophising life. In the ‘60s bands would take girls with them everywhere and there would be hotel rooms for them and everyone would just love each other and fuck. Nowadays it is security guards, pr people, assistants. It is like an office, not a rock’n’roll tour.

If you could pick the time and place to be in, what hotel or tourbus would you jump into…?

Mötley Crüe’s tour bus when they toured with Guns N’Roses of course! Heaven.

Finish the sentence: love is…

…a chemical concoction produced in our brain to blind us.

Would you rather like to be with Robert Plant or Keith Richards?

Keith of course! Keith all the way!

Would you do gardening with Nikki Sixx if he asked you to?

Yeah, if it was naked gardening!

 

The Last Living Slut: Born in Iran, Bred Backstage

Roxana Shirazi

The Last Living Slut is the salaciously literary and sexually liberated account of one young woman’s transition from traditionally-raised Iranian to rock and roll groupie for Guns N’Roses, Mötley Crüe, and many others. Paired with a powerful introduction by „New York Times” bestselling authors Neil Strauss and Anthony Bozza, Roxana Shirazi’s The Last Living Slut is a passionate tale of jilted love, brutal revenge, and backstage encounters that make Pamela Des Barres’s I’m With The Band read like the diary of a nun.
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