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Check out Ron Dorfman and Peter Nevard's 1970 documentary Groupies, a fave amongst employees at at least one adventurous record shop that ain't afraid of soul.

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It's got snide smalltalk about almost famous boys who've been around by unknown girls who've been around. It's got a young Cynthia Plaster Caster and some of her work. It's got Goldie Glitters from the Cockettes. One junk-addled male groupie who looks 17 going on 57 tries and fails to put the make on sweet Terry Reid -- and who can blame him after Reid performs a rock version of "Bang, Bang," a tune favored by French drag queens for decades?

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In this movie, the real showtime is backstage, and the show belongs to the likes of Andrea Whips (aka Andrea Feldman), performing a version of the extremely loud striptease she put on once, twice, and dozens of times at Max's Kansas City. Her performance here isn't as trailblazing as her pre-Dave Chappelle "bitch!" routine in Imitation of Christ or as versatile as her thousand degrees of hilarity and pathos in Heat, but it's still got one-of-a-kind appeal.

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