California Dreamin’ Graphic Novel Review

California Dreamin'Erica gives this comic three starsCalifornia Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas by Penelope Bagieu

Many of my friends remember their Boomer parents introducing them to the music of the ’60s and ’70s. The sounds of your parents’ teenagehood, and in this pick for ladies’ comic book club, some women had those memories of their parents playing Cass Elliot’s voice over and over.

I didn’t grow up like that. In my parents’ cars, there were two types of music: country and western. When I started reading this graphic novel, I went to Spotify because I was sure I’d heard the Mamas & the Papas, but I couldn’t even hum their infamous “California Dreamin'” without a prompt. I knew nothing of Cass Elliot or the band’s inner drama before immersing myself into this book.

This graphic novel is written for Cass Elliot fans. I couldn’t quite tell if the intended audience is those who love her music and want to know a little more about her to get a taste. Or, if this was supposed to be what you read after you devoured a huge biography on her. Continue reading “California Dreamin’ Graphic Novel Review”