He is also the ex-husband of groupie, actress and author Pamela Des Barres and is written about extensively in two of her books, I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie and Take Another Little Piece of My Heart.Des Barres formed his first teenage band the Orange Illusion with Nicholas Young, Darryl Read, and Kit Williams, whilst they were all attending Corona Academy Stage School studying to be actors.
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Produced by Bob Rose at The Forum Music Village in Rome, the album reunites Des Barres with Nigel Harrison (former bassist of Blondie and Silverhead) on bass and guitar, in addition to Clive Deamer (Portishead, Robert Plant) on drums, and Dani Robinson on guitar.
Des Barres has appeared in over 100 different TV shows and almost 30 movies in his career.
They recorded two albums that were released on Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records label, before breaking up in 1978.
A solo album, I'm Only Human, followed in 1980, with a solo tour of the US and UK.
The album is available as high quality mp3 downloads.
On 7 April 2015 Des Barres released a solo, full-length album "The Key to the Universe".
He released a second solo album called Somebody Up There Likes Me in 1986, which featured contributions by former bandmates Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) and Andy Taylor (Duran Duran).
Although focusing more on his acting career in the following years, Des Barres continued to write music and perform live with various bands in the Los Angeles area.
Des Barres' friendship with actor Don Johnson got Power Station a guest appearance on Johnson's TV show Miami Vice.
He wrote one song with the band, "We Fight For Love" which appears on the soundtrack to the film Commando.
In 1983, he wrote and recorded the song "Obsession" together with Holly Knight, which later became a No.6 Billboard Top 40 hit when covered by Animotion in 1985.