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Tricia Christensen Last Modified Date: March 09, 2023

A groupie is generally considered an avid, often female, fan of a band or musical performer. The term derives from the female attaching herself to a group, the band. While the band is the group, the female is the groupie. Naturally, not all fans are groupies, and not all groupies are females. Further, there are now groupies of sports teams or players, actors, and oddly enough, high profile criminals.

A groupie is considered more intense about her adored celebrities than a fan. A fan might have all the albums and a few pictures of her favorite band. She or he might also attend all the band’s performances within reasonable distance to his or her hometown. A groupie tends to follow the band, perhaps almost touring with them. The groupie will attempt contact with the band, either conversational or sexual in nature, and may become an annoyance by virtually stalking band members.

Erotomania is a type of delusion where a person becomes convinced that another party is deeply in love with them, even if the two people have never actually met.

Obsessive groupies will almost certainly involve themselves sexually with any members of the band including the roadies. Even if rejected, the groupie will usually keep trying with the goal of being considered part of the band, or important to a member of the band. The relationship of an obsessive groupie to a band is like a love relationship gone badly wrong. The obsessive groupie has little interest in anything but matters pertaining to the band.

Groupies attend local performances of their favorite musicians.

Unfortunately, such groupies are also fueled by the “sex, drugs and rock and roll,” atmosphere of most popular bands and artists. With sex offered, and frequently drugs available, a groupie can easily become somewhat delusional about her importance. This type of relationship is well documented in Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous, where the lead groupie, brilliantly acted by Kate Hudson, overdoses on drugs after having been used and then rejected by the lead guitarist.

Even famous sports players may have groupies.

Based on Crowe’s real experiences as a very young writer, the film is a compassionate look at both men and women losing themselves in their casual use of each other, and their disregard for each other much fueled by excessive use of both alcohol and drugs. Crowe’s conclusion is that these temporary relationships are harmful and tragic. The groupie environment is one that hurts everyone associated with the band.

A groupie can easily become delusional about her importance if offered sex by the musician she follows.

Not all musicians or groupies would necessarily take that stance. Many feel their experiences have been fantastic and wouldn’t change a thing. Pamela Des Barres novel I’m with The Band for example, is a positive look at the sexually charged groupie environment of the late 1960s and early 70s. The book is very frank and Des Barres does not spare the reader from excessive detail about her sexual escapades. The book seems more like bragging regarding a lifestyle, than an expression of regret for her choices. Many band members certainly take advantage of offers of sexual intercourse. Gene Simmons of KISS has claimed having intercourse with over 4000 women during band tours.

While there are still many groupies, a bit more caution now applies in the post HIV era. Some of the better musicians, like Freddy Mercury of Queen, died of complications from AIDs. It is certain that many years of unprotected sexual intercourse with multiple partners increased Mercury’s chance of contracting HIV. His death brought awareness to many musicians who have since attempted to reform their lifestyle, or to at least be more cautious in their approach to casual sex with groupies.

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Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent MusicalExpertcontributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests includemedicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currentlyworking on her first novel.

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Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent MusicalExpertcontributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests includemedicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currentlyworking on her first novel.

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Anyway, if someone sleeps with musicians, it is your choice and I don't judge you. I just wanted to share my point of view. Of course, a lot of women have this fantasy about sleeping with a rock star but in my case, I would not make it real unless it was for a true relationship.


I remember that some years ago, some rock star told me the name of the hotel where he was staying. I went the next day to see if I could get a picture with some band members, but now I see that maybe he wanted something else from me. I was so naive. We talked for a while and well, he was nice when I met him so I don't care about what he wanted because nothing happened between us.

Years later, I went to another hotel to get pictures with the band members who were in a band I love and waited for many hours there. I got some pictures, but I never wanted anything else. In fact, I just wanted to say hi and see them, and maybe talk with them for a few seconds.

I don't know. It's just my point of view, but I would like to be their friend because I think they are cool people, but I wouldn't sleep with any one of them for fun or for any other reason -- only if I had a real relationship with any rock star someday and I guess that that wouldn't turn me into a groupie.

Many people like to meet rockers and hang out with them, but just as friends because they may be well-known people but they are like anyone else. The only difference is that you can't meet them anywhere and it is harder to know them as real people. In fact, when you meet famous people in person, you realize that they aren't stars and that's really beautiful but you have to let them know that you just want a friendship.

I don't like the barriers that people put between fans and famous people because we are all the same, and no one is better. If a woman wants to sleep with someone, it's always her choice but be careful and don't let anyone play with your feelings ever. If something could damage you, don't do it. That world is not so different from our world in some aspects, but in others it is.

Remember that they travel so much. They come and they leave, so my advice is: if you're a teenager, wait for something real. Remember that these guys meet many girls and maybe they could be your friends, but remember that they are adults with more experience.


My first rocker sexual encounter was when I was fifteen years-old. I slept with a very famous drummer of a heavy-metal band from Great Britain. This was way back in 1982. I lost my virginity to this gorgeous, sweetie-pie (and very tall!) drummer and absolutely do not regret it. I'm 45 years old now and am still a raging groupie. Hell, I ain't dead yet! I love being a groupie and want to keep rockin'!

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Also, there is no special important status above everybody else to being in a band. Deluded, entitled men use the term to justify sexual access to any woman. Disgusting.


This is a very male centric interpretation/delusion. The term 'groupie' is in itself male-defined, male centric and actually pretty offensive.


@Sunny923: What band was that? That's creepy.


I am seeing the drummer of my favorite band. He calls me a groupie. But I don't sleep with the rest of the band, and he clams I'm his only groupie. I really had no idea what a groupie was until I read this article. I don't like the term groupie. After all I'm 45 years old.


"Groupie" has become more of a derogatory term over the years, referring more to a sexually promiscuous fan whose only goal is to sleep with members of the band. Many young girls back in the day were more like "band aids".

They provided other, less scintillating services, for bands on the road, like laundry and sightseeing tours. Band aids were more like friends with benefits, not opportunistic prostitutes.

Whatever two consenting adults choose to do with their time is up to them, but the idea of procuring impressionable underage girls for sexual purposes should become more myth than reality. Rock stars are like gods to some adolescents, and adult members of a band should remember they *are* adults and leave the jailbait strictly alone.

A lot of veteran rockers are now old enough to have daughters at least that age, so they need to keep that in mind while on tour.


Sunny923, these people are predators. Stay away from them.


I'm 15 and I had the weirdest dream I was a goupie and a conplete slut. I had sex every night and barely wore anything. In real life, I'm a virgin and have a boyfriend in a cool band. What does this mean?


Musicians are to me are kind of like what strippers dressed in schoolgirl outfits are to many men. They just fulfill a sexual fantasy is all.

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I go to the shows, I buy the records, I'm there for the music- first and foremost. I just happen to be surrounded by these tempting little morsels with their scanty attire, messy bed heads, devil may care attitudes, and electrically charged sweet serenades.

They're charming, exotic, and great in bed! But, they can only satisfy me so much. You know, that dude in that one band was standing there; with his bare and sweat drenched chest beneath a leather jacket, sly grin, and arms folded across his chest, he winked at me and it was like a jolt of lighting surged through my entire body- ugh.

I smiled, blushed, and walked away. It's like dude, you're so overrated!


I guess I would be considered a "groupie" I don't like that term, but I follow the band to every show, even hours away. I don't sleep with the entire band, just the guitarist! He's made it clear he sleeps with other girls and I'm okay with that. what do you expect from a 22 year old guy who has women throwing themselves at him?

I just enjoy the rush of hearing the music, fans screaming, thumping of the drums/bass, getting a buzz while it's all going on and then knowing when it's all over, when all the screaming girls leave, he comes home to me! It's almost "cute" to me to see all the women screeching and giggling over him, asking if he's dating anyone, while I sit back and watch, waiting on him.


@Anon64050: Run! And don't look back.


"I'm with the band." That is the saying i, and all groupies live by, because honey, it's the truth.


Well I am a young groupie, not so hardcore -- just obsessed. My friend did tell me that a groupie was a girl who sleeps with the band every night. Is this true? Because I'm only 13 and don't want to do that.


Musicians are so attractive.


this just happened yesterday but my ex-boyfriend is in some new band and he said "do you want to be my personal groupie?" What does that mean and i'm not even a teen yet but he is (13-12).


Just say no.

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Take my advice sweetheart. run as fast as you can.


I know this sounds weird but this famous band (I won't say who) is inviting me to their hotel when they come to my town. Thing is though, I'm 15 and I'm a virgin and the lead singer actually referred to me as a groupie. Uhh... what do I do?

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    What is a Groupie? (with pictures)? ›

    A group selfie photo taken with a smartphone that contains 3 or more people.

    What is picture groupie? ›

    A group selfie photo taken with a smartphone that contains 3 or more people.

    What does being a groupie mean? ›

    : a fan of a rock group who usually follows the group around on concert tours. : an admirer of a celebrity who attends as many of his or her public appearances as possible. 3. : enthusiast, aficionado. a political groupie.

    What does it mean to hook up with a groupie? ›

    The term is usually derogatory, describing young women who follow these individuals aiming to initiate a sexual encounter with them or to offer them sex. The term is also used to describe fans of sports, and admirers of public figures in other high-profile professions.

    Who is the most famous groupie? ›

    Sabel Hay Shields (August 15, 1957 – April 18, 2009), better known as Sable Starr, was a famous groupie, often described as the "queen of the groupie scene" in Los Angeles during the early 1970s.

    What does groupie mean to a girl? ›

    groupie. / (ˈɡruːpɪ) / noun slang. an ardent fan of a celebrity, esp a pop star: originally, often a girl who followed the members of a pop group on tour in order to have sexual relations with them.

    Why are they called groupies? ›

    A groupie is generally considered an avid, often female, fan of a band or musical performer. The term derives from the female attaching herself to a group, the band. While the band is the group, the female is the groupie.

    Is groupie an insult? ›

    That's their own private business.” This term “groupie” is often used with a nasty and misogynistic connotation, usually to reduce a female fan to her sex drive and relationship with the band.

    What is groupie lifestyle? ›

    Since then, the tradition and culture of the groupie lifestyle have been brought forward to the millennial era, however, groupies are now no longer only woman chasing musicians, but it is also used to describe anyone who obsessively physically follows anything in the pop culture scene, such as sports teams, actors, ...

    What makes a good groupie? ›

    Usually, groupies follow musicians and bands, but some groupies follow film stars and other famous celebrities. Groupies need to have a passion for the music as well as the person, and if you're a music lover, then you'll be able to be the next groupie of your favourite band.

    How many times is a hookup? ›

    I would say you're 'hooking up' with someone when you've hooked up more than once in a short period of time. If you slept with someone three times in a six-month period, you've 'hooked up a few times. ' If you slept with someone three times in one month, you're 'hooking up.

    What are the stages of hooking up? ›

    Here are the more easily recognizable stages:
    • The One-Night Stand. ...
    • The Second Glance. ...
    • The Booty Call. ...
    • The Friend With Benefits. ...
    • The Date. ...
    • The Fling. ...
    • The Stepping-Stone. ...
    • The Backup.
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    How do you deal with groupies? ›

    Don't treat them like trash and use them and dispose of them. Be honest let them know how you are and what you expect from this. Don't play with their hearts or make them feel less than you because no one is less than anybody.

    What is another term for groupie? ›

    synonyms for groupie

    On this page you'll find 20 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to groupie, such as: admirer, buff, devotee, follower, hanger-on, and supporter.

    Are there groupies anymore? ›

    Groupies are still a thing. It's not like back in the day...they obviously have different intentions and motives now, usually, especially toward famous people.

    Who was the youngest groupie? ›

    Some might consider Sable Starr as a representation of how grim the rock scene social background was during the seventies, but there's also a true symbol of feminine emancipation in her story—not to mention the fact she was only 12-years-old when she started being a groupie, and she was still living in the family home ...

    How do you become a groupie? ›

    In order to be a groupie, start attending any public appearances or concerts so you have a better opportunity of meeting them. When you're at home, you can interact with celebrities on social media and buy their merchandise if they have any.

    What does groupie mean in friendship? ›

    /ˈɡruː.pi/ uk. /ˈɡruː.pi/ a person who likes a particular popular singer or other famous person and follows them to try to meet them.

    What is the difference between selfie and groupie? ›

    The main difference between the two words lies in the number of people. The term 'selfie' refers to a person taking a photo of oneself and posting or sharing it on a social media website. However, a 'groupie or groufie' is when a person takes a photo of themself and other people and posts it on a social media website.

    What is an example of groupie? ›

    A groupie is a fan of a rock group who usually follows the group around on concert tours. Players are always surrounded by fans and groupies so nobody suspects a thing when they walk in and out of player's hotel bedrooms. But I felt like a groupie with a rock band.

    What are kiss groupies called? ›

    The KISS Army is the official fan club for the American rock band Kiss, as well as the unofficial name used to refer to Kiss fans in general. It was started unofficially in 1975 by Bill Starkey and Jay Evans.

    When were groupies most popular? ›

    From a historical standpoint, groupie culture formed in the '60s, took hold in the '70s and continued through the '80s. Cameron Crowe famously captured the groupie lifestyle in his 2000 movie Almost Famous through Kate Hudson's character Penny Lane.

    What genre is the groupies considered? ›

    Garage rock psychedelic rock blues rock

    What is a super groupie? ›

    A groupie is a person who is a fan of something. Usually to the point of obsession. So a "super groupie" would be an even more extreme form of that. Super groupie isn't a common term.

    How old were groupies? ›

    The "Baby Groupies"

    This was a well-known place for rockers to pick up "baby groupies": underaged girls, some as young as 12, waiting to become a rock star's prey.

    Which bands had groupies? ›

    Legendary acts such as Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, David Bowie, and more all experienced the phenomenon of the groupie movement.

    How do you attract a band member? ›

    How To Find New Band Members
    1. Ask for referrals. Whether you know it or not, you probably have friends of friends that play an instrument or are interested in joining a band. ...
    2. Hang out at open mics. ...
    3. Post classified ads. ...
    4. Go to local shows. ...
    5. Communicate with your fans. ...
    6. Go to local workshops or clinics.

    How do you get noticed by a band member? ›

    At a rock concert, the best way to get noticed is to dress in bright, eye-catching colors. Stand near the front of the stage, and dance and jump around energetically. If possible, try to make eye contact with the band members. If you know any of the lyrics to the songs, sing along loudly.

    What is the 3 hookup rule? ›

    This has become known as the three-date rule. The idea is that many people are not ready to become intimate during the first or second date, or they want to make sure they actually like the person, so they will wait three dates until they're sure this is a sustainable romance.

    How often do adults hook up? ›

    While research findings vary, most studies show that the average American adult has sex 50 to 70 times per year, which is about once to twice a week. However, a variety of factors, such as age and marital status, likely play a role in what “normal” sex frequency is for the average person.

    What percentage of girls hook up? ›

    Hook Ups By Gender
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    What are moving pictures called? ›

    synonyms: film, flick, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving-picture show, pic, picture, picture show.

    Is it groupie or selfie? ›

    In a 'selfie', a person must take a photo using a phone or a camera, but it must only include the person who is taking the one. There should only be one person in the camera, hence the term 'selfie' derived from 'self'. A 'groupie' indicates a group, so it includes the person taking the photo along with other people.

    What does groupie mean college? ›

    (grupi ) Word forms: groupies plural. countable noun. A groupie is someone who is a fan of a particular band, singer, or other famous person, and follows them around.

    What is the purpose of moving pictures? ›

    Since motion pictures were invented, audiences have loved how they tell stories. Movies enabled people to travel the world vicariously, and experience tragedy, love and nearly every other emotion. Movies spread quickly, making them one of the most accessible and beloved forms of entertainment in the world.

    What is it called when a picture has two images? ›

    A Diptych – Two pictures in one image. A Triptych – Three pictures in one image. A Quadtych – Four pictures in one image. A Polyptych – Many pictures in one image. A Photomontage – many photographs in one image.


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