Who were the members of the mamas and papas
California Dreamin: The True Story of the Mamas and the Papas The Music, the Madness, the Magic that was by Michelle PhillipsThe first half of this was very good indeed, and I was thinking that it would continue in that vein. But then things began to get rather sketchy, and a bit puzzling as well (eg, Gene Clark, who was portrayed as being very skittish about his affair with her, suddenly shows up in the front row of a M&P concert with a big grin on his face). Certainly its difficult to figure out what the writer is thinking sometimes, and her moral compass doesnt always seem to be too highly magnetized. Okay, so she was young and suddenly all this fame and fortune was thrust upon her; sure, anybody could spin out of orbit with all of that. But this was after all written some 20 years later, and youd think that the older (and wiser?) Michelle would kick in with a bit more commentary about her younger and sillier self. She seems all too often (when not acting like a spoiled brat) to be a vapid blonde.
We hear that she and her husband agree to stay together (more or less for the sake of the group). And then thats it. No more accounts of fighting or of the tension between members...it all just sort of segues into a fuzzy-headed sequence of parties and nights out on the town. All she can really seem to do after a while is talk about all her nifty new furniture and dinner plates. It was the honesty of the first part of the book which made it compelling, and which is sadly very much lacking in the second half. Somewhere in there (I cant find the page now) she says how shes not going to tell anything really intimate in this book, which is perhaps not the best attitude in the world for a memoir writer to take (lol).
There are indeed some amusing moments, such as describing the disappointing fourth album, which was recorded in the converted studio at their house: What a waste of a cedar closet.
And then theres the following:
John was up until dawn, strapped into his guitar, and he came to me in the morning and played me a wonderful tune. Isnt it pretty? he said. I have just spent the last few hours writing it.
I listened to it. It was lovely. John, I said. Youve just spent the night writing Autumn Leaves. These things can happen.
But mostly things become rather tedious as we have to listen to her (again) tell us how great M&P were. The biggest thing since the Beatles, to hear her account of it. Now, they had a cool sound (and look) for a while, and a string of very nice records...but no, they were not the Beatles.
You really have to wonder about someone who babbles on for page after page about her chintz curtains or whatever may be the objet dart of the moment, and yet voices nary a word when her daughter enters the world.
Then of course there was the section on someplace called the Daisy, which was alleged to be nice and fun, unless of course you were an outsider and had the door unmercifully slammed in your face. Unfortunately she seems to have gone rather Hollywood, as can perhaps be demonstrated by the glitzy glam shot of her which takes up the books back cover. It all seems a bit shallow and soulless to me, and not the sort of thing youd expect from the young wildcat acidhead she used to be.
The blurb about the author on the dust jacket is also something from right out of Hollywood. Indeed, it verges on self-parody. Here it is, in full:
Termed the purest soprano in pop-dom by Time magazine, Michelle Phillips is today an acclaimed actress as well as a musical legend. She starred opposite Audrey Hepburn and Omar Sharif in the film of Sidney Sheldons bestseller Bloodline, opposite Rudolf Nureyev in Valentino, and with other major stars in numerous motion pictures, TV miniseries, and made-for-television movies. Her latest starring role is one opposite Olympic gold medalist Mitch Gaylord in the motion picture American Anthem for Albert Magnoli, director of Purple Rain.
Woe unto those who start to believe their own hype... ;)
Mamas & Papas survivor says she's over singing
The Mamas and the Papas were an American folk rock vocal group who recorded and performed from to The group was a defining force in the music scene of the counterculture of the s. Their sound was based on vocal harmonies arranged by John Phillips,  the songwriter, musician, and leader of the group who adapted folk to the new beat style of the early s. The Mamas and the Papas released five studio albums and 17 singles over a four-year period, six of which made the Billboard top 10, and have sold close to 40 million records worldwide. Both of these earlier acts were folk groups active from to The last member to join was Cass Elliot, Doherty's bandmate in the Mugwumps, who had to overcome John Phillips' concern that her voice was too low for his arrangements, that her physical appearance would be an obstacle to the band's success and that her temperament was incompatible with his.
She rose to fame as a vocalist in the musical quartet The Mamas and the Papas in the mids. Phillips garnered critical acclaim for her voice, which was deemed by Time magazine as the "purest soprano in pop music. Phillips is the last living original member of the Mamas and the Papas. While working as a model in San Francisco , she met and married John Phillips in , and went on to co-found the vocal group the Mamas and the Papas in The band rose to fame with their popular singles " California Dreamin' " and " Creeque Alley ", both of which she co-wrote. They released five studio albums before their dissolution in
Denny Doherty, a founding member of the s folk-pop band the Mamas and the Papas, died yesterday at his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He was The cause was not immediately known, his daughter Emberly said. But she said her father had recently suffered kidney failure after surgery for a stomach aneurysm. But Mr. Well, I got down on my knees. And I pretend to pray.
Their music, built around radiant harmonies and a solid electric folk foundation, was gorgeous on its own terms, but a major part of its appeal lay in the easygoing southern California lifestyle it endorsed. The group's success was as extraordinary as it was brief, and onlookers may well wonder what went wrong with a performing group that seemed to have the world at its feet for all of two years. The group's founder and de facto leader, John Phillips , born in , was actually quite a bit older than most of the figures who emerged as rock stars during the middle and late s. He was more of Elvis Presley 's generation, the product of a chaotic home life with a difficult childhood and adolescence, and seemed to be headed for life as a low-level delinquent until he was scared straight, and then had been headed for the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. In the background, however, was music, the guitar, and the sounds of Elvis Presley , the Platters , Teresa Brewer , and everyone else charting records in the mid-'50s. He eventually entered music professionally, while his first marriage produced two children one of them future actress MacKenzie Phillips. Phillips ' first music forays moved from pop to soft jazz and finally into folk music, through groups such as the Smoothies and the Journeymen.
The band had hits with "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday," before disbanding. She and Hopper were briefly married in Continuing to pursue an acting career, Phillips appeared in Valentino in She enjoyed some success on television in the late s and early s on the prime time soap opera Knots Landing. In more recent years, Phillips has made guest appearances on such shows as 7th Heaven. She is also the mother of singer Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips fame.