Fifty years after her premature death at the age of 32, legendary The Mamas & The Papas singer Mama Cass is remembered through My Mama, Cass, a memoir written by her daughter Owen Elliot-Kugell. The publishing date is set for May 7, 2024, through Hachette Books in the U.S., and May 23 through Omnibus Press in the U.K.
The publisher’s announcement describes the book as “a long-awaited, myth-busting, and deeply affecting memoir by the daughter of legendary rock star “Mama” Cass Elliot.
More from the announcement: “To the rest of the world, Cass Elliot was a rock star. A charismatic, wisecracking singer from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band, The Mamas & The Papas. A legend of Laurel Canyon, decked out in her custom-made Muumuus, glittering designer jewelry, blessed with a powerful, instantly identifiable singing voice that helped define the sound of the 1960s counterculture movement. But to Owen Elliot-Kugell, she was just Mom.”
The book features intimate family and archival photos as well as interviews and memories from famous friends, fans, and colleagues who loved and respected Cass, this book is both a love story and a mystery, a tale of self-discovery and a daughter’s devotion.
CULTURE (counter, pop, and otherwise) and the people who shape it.