The rock industry has had its fair amount of groupies over the years, each nearly as unique and extravagant as the other. However, some of them stood out from their peers big time. Cynthia Albritton—AKA Cynthia “Plaster” Caster—is one of them. Plaster moulds became her trademark, not because it was an artistic way of showing her fondness for rock music, but because they were moulds of penises—and not just any old penis.
It all started back in Chicago when the groupie was attending an art school. One of her teachers asked her students to create a plaster cast of “something solid that could retain its shape.” Being an immense fan of rock and roll from a very young age, Albritton wanted to make sure she created something creatively different—and what better way to do so than to make a mould out of a penis?
During her teenage years, she also found herself becoming more and more attracted to the “gorgeous men who made the awesome music” she listened to. Albritton started to go to afterparties and gigs to try and grab the attention of some of the big names out there.
However, other young women had already thought of doing that before her, and the competition was tough to win one of the rock stars over. After all, the stars of the day weren’t mere musicians but bonafide pop culture overlords.
The assignment she had been given sparked some inspiration when she went to a Paul Revere and the Raiders show. At the afterparty, the young groupie went up to the lead singer asking if she could cast his “solid somethings”. Just a basic question, you know. Albritton didn’t get the answer she was hoping for, but it certainly had the effect she went for.
Soon, the rock stars heard of this girl with an art project in mind, and it intrigued more than one, including the great Jimi Hendrix. The rock stars of the world saw their chance to confirm their spot in infamy.
In 1968, when he was in Chicago, Hendrix became the first artist to agree to her moulds. She’d been practising multiple times on her friends’ private parts, so she knew exactly what to do to get the perfect shape. Looking back at the different men who agreed to it, Albritton says Hendrix was one of her favourites, simply because he didn’t make a big deal out of it, taking it all in his stride. Unlike Aynsley Dunbar from Journey, Hendrix was pretty laid back about it all.
Many music managers, as well as rock stars, started asking for her to make a mould of their own, after Jimi Hendrix had his done. Some of which were Dead Kennedy’s Jello Biafra, Chris Connelly, Wayne Kramer and Jon Langford.
Funnily enough, Frank Zappa also got in touch with the artist to exhibit Cynthia’s pieces. However, the exhibition never made it to fruition as most rock stars who volunteered to get their penis moulded wanted to bring it back home instead of leaving it for everyone to gawp at—but that didn’t mean Cynthia didn’t achieve anything. On the contrary, with a total of 48 masterpieces, she made a name for herself in the rock music scene, and her male casts were even exhibited in the SoHo neighbourhood of New York City in 2000, as well as at the MoMA PS1 in Queens seven years later.
Later in life, Albritton also started casting women’s breasts as she expanded her horizons. Her official website is also somewhat artistic in that domain. Indeed, if you “click on the dick”, you can learn more about her various plaster casts, with some play on words that go perfectly with the subject.
With her imagination, Cynthia Plaster Caster has most definitely made history in the art of being a groupie—and only rock ’n’ roll’s finest groupies could make these sort of things happen. There’s no way we’d see someone make a mould out of an international star’s penis nowadays.
Those were the days, for better and for worse, and Cynthia Plaster Caster will, without doubt, stay in the minds of many rock icons.