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

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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 role in the folk boom of the early 1960s. How Cass came to join the Mamas and the Papas, and the mix of lov ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Chicago Review Press (first published 2005)
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Kaitlin Descutner
Mar 21, 2016 Kaitlin Descutner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I started reading this book already in love with The Mamas and the Papas, but I didn't really know the story, especially the story of Cass Elliot. What a woman! It is unfortunate that her weight was such a big problem in her career. It held her back since her childhood, but she was that type of person who didn't let it get in her way of making something out of herself. She had so much passion for music and fame to the point that she would go to far lengths to make it. John Phillips, Michelle Phi ...more
Jul 04, 2015 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a thorough biography!

As a young girl growing up in the late 60's and 70's with young, hip parents, I was exposed to a lot of popular music and folk was regularly played in my house. I really did appreciate the music of The Mamas and The Papas and especially Cass's booming alto. As a lover of all things counter-culture and "hippie", I admired her sense of style and the fact that in an era where you rarely saw a female performer who wasn't thin and/or classically beautiful, she did stan
Jess Cornn
Sep 11, 2016 Jess Cornn rated it it was amazing
If you want to read a book on the Mamas and The Papas, skip over any of the other titles available and read Dream a Little Dream of Me. Featuring interviews with John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, David Crosby, Graham Nash, as well as Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty, the book illustrates that the story of Ellen Naomi Cohen, AKA Cass Elliot, is the story of Laurel Canyon itself. Not only was Cass Elliot the star member of the Mamas and Papas, her home on Woodrow Wilson Drive was an endless party w ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Kaje rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly very interesting. It did make me want to give up in parts, but it got interesting again enough that I kept on. The print is really really small so at close to 400 pages, it took some effort to perservere with. I did google the songs as I read so that made it more whole as well. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who isn't already a fan. She was a fascinating woman, no doubt about it but only 32 when she died. I think it could have been condensed and made a much more gripping read. : ...more
May 08, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Cass's since I first heard 'California Dreamin'' in the last 80s. My Mom purchased a 'Best Of' Mamas and Papas cassette tape in a bargain bin and I quickly highjacked in and played it over and over and over on my walkman. I would even right down what I thought the words were saying so I could get them right and then I audition for my Mom.

As an adult, 'Dream a Little Dream' took precedence for me and I decided to research the group a big more. I've read Michelle Phillips boo
Jan 02, 2010 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fiegel provides a richly detailed look at the contradiction that was Cass Elliott. Contradiction because although Cass achieved the fame she dreamed of since chidhood,she never found the love she longed for. Her public persona was that of a happy rock star, but Fiegel explores Cass's demons of weight and substance abuse, taking care not to get caught in romanticizing the latter as part of the 60s. She had cooperation from many of Cass's friends and musical colleagues, who unanimously told Fiegel ...more
Jun 01, 2012 Sasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than just giving the story about Cass herself - who was more or less what we all knew and expected - the book describes San Francisco scene in late 1960s and what it meant to be there at that particular time. How everything changed overnight after Sharon Tate murders and uninvited visitors were not permitted anymore. How it was to have Jack Nicholson, Joni Mitchell or Cher around the house. Numerous stories about folk clubs where performers sang basically for peanuts (this is where Cass cam ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
This was an interesting insight into the life of a woman about whom I knew little. However, some of the research seemed a bit poor (for example, Donovan was Scottish not Irish). It was nostalgic at times, in a good way, evoking memories of the flower power era of the late sixties. That said, I don't think it stood out as a particularly memorable book, or that it affected me in any great emotional sense. It just filled some time, hence the middle of the road three stars.
M.J. Moore
Jan 30, 2012 M.J. Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detailed, objective and impeccably researched, this book is a MUST for Cass fans (like me), but is also incredibly readable, unlike a lot of rock bio's; you don't have to even be a music fan to find this book thoroughly enjoyable. At times it reads more like a novel, such is Fiegal's skill at capturing the spirit of her subject, at her best and her worst; I found myself laughing out loud at Cass's lighter moments, and shaking my head at her dissapointments. Fiegal's account of Cass's first meeti ...more
Nick Bishop
Jul 13, 2015 Nick Bishop rated it it was amazing
A lovely, but sad book. This lady had so much talent, but because of her size she was not recognised for so long.

I remember enjoying the music at the time, and look forward to revisiting all her music having read this book. Thoroughly recommend it.
Angeline Walsh
May 25, 2016 Angeline Walsh rated it it was amazing
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I read this last summer. It really stuck with me. Very absorbing and well-written. I was a fan of the Mamas & the Papas before I read this, but this gave more depth to their music and made me appreciate it more. Cass led such an exuberant, interesting life.
Jan 02, 2015 Janine rated it liked it
I was inspired to read about The Mamas and the Papas after seeing the musical "Flower Children" which I would highly recommend if you get the chance to see it. Cass had a sad life despite her talent, always searching for love, and by being such a generous soul, she was constantly taken advantage of. A good story about the drug filled sixties and the lifestyles within.
I didn't really like the writing, it was a bit odd how it went from past tense to all of a sudden being with the writer interviewing people.

Overall I did enjoy reading about Cass's life.
Aug 12, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cass is a favorite of mine. I knew little about her. Now I know more. Another shining star that left us too soon.
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