Cass Elliot, the legendary singer from the Mamas & the Papas, continues to captivate audiences even after her passing in 1974. Now, her daughter Owen Elliot-Kugell is honoring her mother’s memory with a heartfelt book titled “My Mama, Cass.” In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Owen shared her excitement about the project, which has been a labor of love for over a decade.
With “My Mama, Cass,” Owen aims to shed light on the multifaceted life of her mother. The book delves into Cass’s early years and her pivotal role in the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Owen provides a unique perspective by including interviews with individuals who were close to Cass, such as Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty, offering intimate insights into her mother’s journey.
One of the themes that the book explores is Cass’s struggles with weight and self-esteem. Owen bravely addresses false narratives and rumors surrounding her mother, such as the infamous ham sandwich incident, which she dismisses as unfair and unkind. Owen’s frustration with the false portrayals of her mother’s life is palpable, and she is determined to set the record straight.
Through “My Mama, Cass,” Owen wants to showcase the many facets of her mother’s extraordinary persona. Cass was not only an iconic artist but also a trailblazer, triumphing in a predominantly male industry. She was a loyal friend and a devoted single mother, who cherished her own family, which included Owen.
The book will serve as a celebration of Cass Elliot’s enduring legacy, ensuring that her impact on music and pop culture is remembered for generations to come. Owen’s words are laced with love and admiration for her mother, as she delivers a heartfelt tribute to a woman who broke barriers and pursued her dreams.
“My Mama, Cass” is a testament to the indomitable spirit of Cass Elliot, a true inspiration to us all. As Owen eloquently puts it, her mother’s story is one of resilience, talent, and a relentless pursuit of happiness in the face of adversity.
Join Owen on this nostalgic journey through the life and times of Cass Elliot, as she honors her mother’s remarkable legacy and shares the untold stories that shaped her personal and professional life. “My Mama, Cass” is set to hit bookshelves next year, promising an intimate and revealing portrait of the iconic singer.