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

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Pan Macmillan, Oct 8, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages

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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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

Contents

Introduction
Prologue
A design for living
A tight bottle
The Boyfriend
A smoothtalkin banjo player
A ruling body of three
Wild women sing the blues
Two duelling virgos
Baby you can drive my
Deliver
I think my character has been besmirched
Sweet dreams till sunbeams find
In the words of my friends
This show will blow their minds
Ladies and gentlemen of the Canyon

Hell on wheels
Love love me
Its got a backbeat you cant lose
I dont go out with freaks
Sing for your supper
Creeque Alley
California Dreamin
Harvey
Baroness Cass
Power to the people
Dont call me Mama any more
Bigtime showbiz
Hollywood Memorial
Bibliography
Copyright

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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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