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

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Pan Books, 2006 - Singers - 419 pages
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'The greatest white female singer ever' is how Boy George described pop icon Cass Elliot, the sixties diva who was at the epicentre of US popular culture and music during the Californian hippy movement. Hailed as America's answer to the Beatles, the Mamas and the Papas' hits such as 'California Dreamin' and 'Monday Monday' became the soundtrack of a generation. Cass's uniquely emotive voice, charismatic wit and outsized multicoloured kaftans singled her out as a popstar who refused to conform to traditional female stereotypes. When she left the Mamas and the Papas, she immediately had a top ten hit with her debut single, 'Dream a Little Dream of Me' and became the queen on Los Angeles society. Her Beverly Hills villa was the scene of legenday parties, becoming the second home of stars such as Jack Nicholson and Grace Slick, but there was a darker side to her fame - after years of continuous dieting and drug addiction, she died mysteriously in London at the age of 33.

Including interviews with Cass's friends and family, co-band members Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty, and many of the famous names who knew her, this is both an insightful biography of an extraordinary singer, and a fascinating glimpse into free-living, free-loving ideals of the sixties as the optimism of the flower-child generation was crushed by the Vietnam War.

'The product of over 100 interviews and four years of research across three continents, it's a fantastic read that goes way beyond thorough . . . Fiegel's fine, all-encompassing tome restores much of the great woman's dignity' - Mojo

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User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

Being a very interesting biography of the pop singer who also had many connections and considerable influence in the rock and folk communities. Her story is very interesting and is told well. The author does get a little hung up on her subject's early, somewhat mysterious death. Read full review

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An excellent read...very detailed account of the Life...personal and musical...of 'Mama' Cass Elliot...also an insight into the transition of the folk movement of the early and mid 1960's to folk rock with a little help from the British invasion...this book will transport you to the folk era...to the homes of many up and coming future pop stars of that era...to the fractured and successful relationships and friendships along the way...very well written...exceptional research...i love this book. 

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About the author (2006)

Eddi Fiegel is a music journalist who writes for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Mojo and Uncut. She is the author of John Barry: A Sixties Theme.

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