Book Review: Permanent Damage: Memoirs of an Outrageous Girl

By Mercy Fontenot

(hardcover) $27.00

Written just prior to her death in 2020, Permanent Damage shows us the wild world of the 1960s and 1970s music scenes through the eyes of the author, who was part of the now legendary Haight-Ashbury scene before moving to L.A. where she became a member of the notorious Zappa-produced all-girl band The GTO’s before transitioning to the ‘70s punk rock world. Jimi Hendrix, Charles Manson, Alice Cooper, Al Green, Darby Crash and many others are encountered.