A restless youth unable to adjust to the discipline of mostly military schools, John Phillips as a teenager was typically rebellious. When given a cheap guitar by an in-law, he suddenly found his niche. His road to fame and fortune was rough and erratic, complicated early by marriage and fatherhood. Such responsibilities failed to deter John from leaving family behind and hitting the cross-country concert tour trail with a succession of folk music groups. Things finally came together, first at San Francisco’s famed “Hungry i” club, where he met second wife, Michelle, and later in the Virgin Islands, where they teamed up with Mama Cass Elliott and Denny Doherty to form the Mamas and the Papas.
It was a magical time--the heyday of the hippies, flower power, and the love generation. Probably no group better epitomized it all with their close harmonies, mellow style, colorful appearance, and tuneful songs: “California Dreamin’,” “Monday, Monday,” “Creeque Alley,” “I Saw Her Again Last Night.” The hits came one after another, and their careers went into high gear: John and Michelle bought a fabulous Beverly Hills mansion with his and her Jaguars, leased Learjets and limousines, and indulged in a sexually swinging life-style with jetsetters, Hollywood movie stars, and the international rock and roll aristocracy. Unflinchingly candid, John names--Mick Jagger, Jane Fonda, Roman Polanski, and even Princess Margaret--and tells it like it...
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