• Oldest Living Confederate Groupie Tells All

    For 35 years, "Sweet Connie" Hamzy has loved rock stars like no other, counting among her conquests members of the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and the Who. Now 50, Arkansas' second-most famous oral-sex fan talks about why she's still with the band. It's 10:30 A.M. on a Friday in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Connie Hamzy is sitting at the bar of the Sticky Fingerz Rock'N'Roll Chicken Shack, telling a story to a small audience of busboys and cocktail waitresses. "So I'm out on the tour bus, smokin' dope and blowing roadies," she says in a lazy Southern accent."And who comes into the back lounge? Neil fucking Diamond." A man pulls out a stool next to her. He is wearing a hat shaped like the snout of a hog."Neil looks me up and down and nods his approval," Hamzy continues. "Then he gets high with us, and disappears backstage.

  • Inside the World of a Rock Roadie

    On a cool morning in the spring of 2002, I stepped off a bus andhobbled into the bustling lobby of Cleveland's Ritz-Carltonhotel. As I waded through a sea of Armani-clad business travelerssipping lattes and perusing The Wall Street Journal,disapproving eyes knifed into me from all directions--a reminderthat, by all appearances, I did not belong in their well-pressed,nine-to-five world. I was wearing my standard work uniform: fadedSlayer T-shirt, stained knee-length shorts, and a tattered baseballcap that barely disguised my greasy, matted hair. I joined theregistration line behind a sophisticated woman in a gray pantsuitwho was clutching an Italian-leather briefcase in her manicuredfingers. She checked her watch, then stole a glance at thelumbering, disheveled figure behind her. Our eyes met for a second,and she quickly looked away.

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