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BK: Penelope Bagieu Presents CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' & Conversation with Heidi MacDonald

    03/09/2017 - 7:30pm


    This event takes place at our Greenpoint, Brooklyn location.

    It's Mama Cass as you've never known her, in this poignant graphic novel about the remarkable vocalist who rocketed The Mamas & the Papas to stardom. 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.

    Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Exquisite Corpse was her first graphic novel to be published in the United States, and California Dreamin' will be available in March 2017.

    Heidi MacDonald is the Editor-of-Chief of and the graphic novels review editor for Publishers Weekly. She has written for Slate, Playboy and many other publications and was formerly a comics editor at Disney and Vertigo.   



    California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781626725461
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: First Second - March 7th, 2017

    Before she became the legendary Mama Cass one quarter of the mega-huge folk group The Mamas and the Papas Cass Eliot was a girl from Baltimore trying to make it in the big city. After losing parts to stars like Barbra Streisand on the Broadway circuit, Cass found her place in the music world with an unlikely group of cohorts.