Dream a Little Dream of Me: The Life of Cass Elliot

Dream a Little Dream of Me: The Life of Cass Elliot

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by Eddi Fiegel
     
 

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This insightful biography examines the life and music of Cass Elliot-—better known as "Mama Cass"—the instantly recognizable face of the Mamas and the Papas. Untangling the truth about Cass's life, this book follows her development from her misfit teenage years to her part in the folk boom of the early 1960s. How Cass came to join the Mamas and the Papas,

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This insightful biography examines the life and music of Cass Elliot-—better known as "Mama Cass"—the instantly recognizable face of the Mamas and the Papas. Untangling the truth about Cass's life, this book follows her development from her misfit teenage years to her part in the folk boom of the early 1960s. How Cass came to join the Mamas and the Papas, and the mix of love, hurt, and betrayal that fractured relationships within the group is central to the story as Cass is driven to strike out on a successful solo career. This account reveals the considerable unhappiness Cass experienced that was hidden by her jovial facade—her unrequited love for Papa Denny Doherty, her unhappy marriages and affairs, and her tragic death at age 32. Featuring interviews with many of Cass's close friends, colleagues, and relatives, this account explores the woman behind the uniquely tender voice that dominated the Mamas and the Papas's timeless hits like "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday." Her charisma, wit, charm, and psychedelic persona marked her as a pop star who refused to conform to traditional female stereotypes, and became a success on her own terms.

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Chicago Sun-Times
Stands as the best account of the artist's life, rising far above the usual Summer of Love biographies.

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Elliot was in the center of the pandemonium that characterized 1960s music. From an unpromising childhood to a tragic early death, she was an extraordinary personality in an extraordinary time. Despite discrimination because of her weight, she found unimagined fame with the Mamas and the Papas, an innovative rock group. When the group broke up in 1968, she successfully launched a solo career. She was recognized nationally as the quintessential counterculture "hippie," but her charm and wit ensured continuing popularity with mainstream audiences. Black-and-white photos are of good quality. Legends of the Mamas and the Papas are demystified in this fascinating look at the personalities and music industry of the period.-Catherine Noonan, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556525889
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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The Baltimore Sun
"Well-researched, comprehensive."
Metro Times Detroit
"An insightful look into Mama Cass Elliot's life."

Meet the Author

Eddi Fiegel is a freelance writer and broadcaster. She is a regular contributor to the BBC, the Guardian, the Independent, Mojo, and the Sunday Times. She is well known for her interviews with artists from across the musical spectrum, including David Bowie, Phillip Glass, Paul McCartney, and k. d. lang. She is the author of John Barry: A Sixties Theme.

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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.