All The Leaves Are Brown – The Mamas and The Papas – Scott Shea
The Not Old Better Show, Music Today Interview Series
We have a fantastic interview and subject today with our guest, author Scott Shea, whom I’ll introduce in just a moment.
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For our Not Old Better Show audience on radio and podcast, we know that there are only a few songs that have captured the contradictions and ambiguities of the 1960s as memorably as “California Dreamin’,” the iconic folk music single that catapulted the Mamas & the Papas into rock and roll history. In the book, All the Leaves Are Brown, our guest today, author Scott Shea will tell us how John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Michelle Phillips, and “Mama Cass” Elliot became standard-bearers for California counterculture following their transformation from folk music wannabes to rock sensations and chronicling the tumultuous events that followed their unexpected success.
Scott Shea gives us a definitive account of the Mamas and the Papa’s short time together, from their hitmaking approach with legendary producer Lou Adler to John Phillips’ unique songwriting to tours and friendships with other musicians riding the folk-rock wave.
You’ll love this story, interview, and all the music, so please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show on radio and podcast author Scott Shea.
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