The rites of schwing prevailed in an L.A. courtroom last month when Cynthia Plaster Caster, former rock groupie and legend of the hippie era, won back ownership of 25 bronzes made from life casts she molded of the, well, members of ’60s rock bands, including Jimi Hendrix’s.
The Chicago-based Plaster Caster, 46, who has never revealed her actual surname, sued music publisher Herb Cohen for the return of the phallic sculptures she began making in 1966. Cohen and then partner Frank Zappa moved Plaster Caster to L.A. in 1969 and supported her while her outrageous antics made her a backstage byword. She maintained she gave her ”babies” to Cohen in 1970 for safekeeping, and Cohen never gave them back. The court returned the statuettes — including those of Young Rascal Eddie Brigati and the Animals’ Eric Burdon — to Plaster Caster and awarded her $10,000 in damages.
”There are definite commercial possibilities,” says Plaster Caster’s lawyer, Geoff Glass, ”but she doesn’t want to talk about it. She doesn’t want an exhibit. Her mother still doesn’t know about this.”