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California Dreamin' von Pénélope Bagieu
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California Dreamin' (Original 2015; 2016. Auflage)

von Pénélope Bagieu

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"Before she was the legendary Mama Cass of the folk group The Mamas and the Papas, Ellen Cohen was a teen girl from Baltimore with an incredible voice, incredible confidence, and incredible dreams. She dreamed of being not just a singer but a star. Not just a star--a superstar. So, at the age of nineteen, at the dawn of the sixties, Ellen left her hometown and became Cass Elliot. At her size, Cass was never going to be the kind of girl that record producers wanted on album covers. But she found an unlikely group of co-conspirators, and in their short time together this bizarre and dysfunctional band recorded some of the most memorable songs of their era. Through the whirlwind of drugs, war, love, and music, Cass struggled to keep sight of her dreams, of who she loved, and--most importantly--who she was."--Amazon.… (mehr)
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California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas von Pénélope Bagieu (2015)

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When I started hearing buzz about this, I knew I definitely had to read it being the 60s music kid I am. I enjoy The Mamas and the Papas, but I've never been in lovvvve with them or anything, so I wasn't holding the bar too high. But dang! I ended up really loving this!!! I don't think I looked into the dramarama of the M&Ps since watching their VH1 Behind the Music or something in the 90s, so I forget just how *much* dramarama there was. So apart from this being super juicy, it was also an excellent presentation of a talented, complicated woman fighting the haters over her weight, her attitude, and her persistence. I was hooked by the story early enough, but wasn't sold on the amateurish art until about halfway through when it started growing on me--it has that sort of crude feel that Lynda Barry has (the era being similar, too, to much of her work), and you know Lynda Barry is my everything. So win-win all around! Pardon me as I go listen to everything Cass Elliot... ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Loved this from beginning to end. Artwork was delightful and the framing of the narrative told through the eyes of the various people in Cass's life was clever way of telling her story. ( )
  scout101 | Sep 15, 2020 |
Perfect for people who love biographies. The early years of Cass Elliot are told from the perspective of the people around her, including her family and band mates.

She was a complex, talented woman with a strong personality and the author brings that out perfectly. You will want Cass to stick around for drinks afterwards.

Although some drug use, perfect for teens and adult collections. ( )
  Vantine | Apr 1, 2020 |
I remember Mama Cass Elliot being on TV talk and variety shows when I was a kid. I was never a huge fan of the Mamas and the Papas but I do remember Cass's distinctive voice.

I picked this up at the library after reading Bagieu's Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. I loved that one so much I just had to read everything else I could by her.

This biography in graphic novel format is wonderful. It tells the story of Ellen Cohen from her childhood through the beginnings of fame with the Mamas and the Papas. She left home determined to be a star. She had the voice but not the expected appearance to make that dream come true.

After reading this and learning more about her history and the well-known dysfunction of the members of the Mamas and the Papas. It left me with a greater appreciation of Cass Elliot as an artist and a person. Now I need to hunt up some of her music.

Bagieu's black and white pencil drawings are wonderful and evoke the big personality of Cass as well as the atmosphere of her time. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Jan 4, 2019 |
I've read dozens* of graphic novel biographies and have come to dread the experience as they are so often dry and dull as dirt. But I keep trying because once in a while you get an amazing little gem like this. I've never been a huge Mamas and Papas fan - I have a greatest hits album - but through Bagieu's pen, Mama Cass comes alive as a riveting if tragic figure. I'd really love to see a second volume.

* Okay, I just checked my personal book database, and the number is actually 90. And only nine of those would rate three-stars or above. (Hey! Sturgeon's Law in action!) ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
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"Before she was the legendary Mama Cass of the folk group The Mamas and the Papas, Ellen Cohen was a teen girl from Baltimore with an incredible voice, incredible confidence, and incredible dreams. She dreamed of being not just a singer but a star. Not just a star--a superstar. So, at the age of nineteen, at the dawn of the sixties, Ellen left her hometown and became Cass Elliot. At her size, Cass was never going to be the kind of girl that record producers wanted on album covers. But she found an unlikely group of co-conspirators, and in their short time together this bizarre and dysfunctional band recorded some of the most memorable songs of their era. Through the whirlwind of drugs, war, love, and music, Cass struggled to keep sight of her dreams, of who she loved, and--most importantly--who she was."--Amazon.

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