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Posted August 10, 2008
Great Bio of a Beloved Performer
Eddi Fiegel does a fine job of tracing the life of Cass Elliott - born Ellen Naomi Cohen - from her childhood in the D.C. area to her death at age 32. Bright, outgoing, talented, and ambitious, Cass nevertheless dealt with resentments all her life over the way she had been treated by classmates in her teens. She also was often depressed over her inability to lose weight or to form a lasting relationship with a man. Perhaps the most fascinating chapters deal with the origins and growing success of the Mamas and the Papas, along with their drug-saturated recording sessions and lifestyles. Plagued by infidelities and artistic disagreements, the group maintained a love-hate relationship for years as it churned out the hits. Cass's successful career as a solo performer is also written about at length. This is a sad and tender story, and not to be missed by anyone who loved the sound of either the famed quartet or Cass Elliott's voice alone.
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Posted July 15, 2009