Papa John: An Autobiography by John Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas)

Papa John: An Autobiography by John Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas)

JohnPhillips Jim Jerome / Sep 18, 2019

Papa John An Autobiography by John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas Sex drugs and rock n roll It was the anthem of the sixties The psychedelic code by which many lived and died And John Phillips legendary founder and songwriter of the Mamas and the Papas experienc

  • Title: Papa John: An Autobiography by John Phillips (of the Mamas and the Papas)
  • Author: JohnPhillips Jim Jerome
  • ISBN: 9780385231206
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sex, drugs, and rock n roll It was the anthem of the sixties The psychedelic code by which many lived and died And John Phillips, legendary founder and songwriter of the Mamas and the Papas, experienced it all Now Phillips takes us on a dizzying roller coaster ride from stardom in L.A to drug busts in the Big Apple In an intimate, gritty, all too true self portraSex, drugs, and rock n roll It was the anthem of the sixties The psychedelic code by which many lived and died And John Phillips, legendary founder and songwriter of the Mamas and the Papas, experienced it all Now Phillips takes us on a dizzying roller coaster ride from stardom in L.A to drug busts in the Big Apple In an intimate, gritty, all too true self portrait, he offers a startling, reflective look at the turbulent sixties and beyond From a nightmarish, yet oddly tender childhood through a disastrous military school education in Virginia, John Edmund Andrew Phillips found music the only outlet for his brilliant, restless energy He developed a personal sound after a rumbling journey through the clubs and honky tonks of Greenwich Village, the Virgin Islands, Los Angeles, and the segregated South He began to form the groups that soon brought him into the national spotlight first the Smoothies, then the Journeyman, and finally the phenomenally successful the Mamas and the Papas And as the hits rolled in for Papa John Creeque Alley, Monday, Monday, California Dreamin , Go Where You Wanna Go, Words of Love so did fame and wealth He paid cash for a fabulous mansion in Los Angeles He was instrumental in staging the historic Monterrey Pop Festival, where Janis Joplin debuted and Jimi Hendrix memorably lit his guitar on fire And he immersed himself in a bizarre world of dope, parties, and parasitic hangers on that rapidly took over his life Throughout the seventies and into the eighties, Phillips spent over a million dollars on drugs, his imposing six foot four inch frame turning specter like as his weight dropped to 140 pounds Drifting from his family and dropping out of society, he ended up busted, broke, and burned out in a New York City slammer But though the songs no longer came easy for Papa John Phillips, the music was far from over And with a supporting cast of superstars that includes Princess Margaret, Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Roman Polanski, Elvis Presley, Mia Farrow, and the Beatles, PAPA JOHN tells a fascinating saga of one remarkable and troubled man who, after everything else is a survivor.

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        John Phillips, born John Edmund Andrew Phillips, was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter Known as Papa John, Phillips was a member and leader of the singing group The Mamas the Papas He is the husband of band mate Michelle Phillips and the father of Jeffrey Phillips, Mackenzie Phillips, Chynna Phillips, Tamerlane Phillips, and Bijou Phillips.


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    1. There is always a dark presence or cloud in one's area of interest. I love rock n' roll. In fact, I love music. And I love reading musician's memoirs. At the best, they are brilliant with strong characteristic qualities - Jah Wobble, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Viv Albertine, Oscar Levant, and numerous jazz memoirs. The weak one's are usually written for money - well, more likely all for money, but still, the character comes through and makes it a fascinating read. Unfortunately, John Ph [...]


    2. I can't decide how I feel about this book. I couldn't put it down, but since I read Makenzie Phillip's book first - I think that Papa John was lying in quite a bit of his book. Maybe lying isn't the right word, but omitting certain facts that Makenzie stated. I don't know why I believe her over him, but I do. That being said whenever he said he went into recovery/treatment/or getting clean in the book, he always glossed over it. Or said they were sweaty, etc. He never said how detoxing from hero [...]


    3. What a juicy sordid read! Papa John Phillips, the brains behind the Mamas and the Papas takes the reader through his life, beginning with his origins. His humble start begins in Alexandria, Virginia born to a French Canadian Marine and a Cherokee squaw from Oklahoma. Claude his father becomes an alcoholic who prefers the company of his dogs and bourbon in the basement to being the father his family needed.After successes with the folk industry, John starts the Journeymen and thus begins his musi [...]


    4. I read this book about fifteen years ago and I didn't think much of it, just because I wasn't much of a Mamas and Papas fan. Looking back, however, it was really amazing. Not only is John Phillips totally honest about the way drugs took over his life (you'll be amazed in medical terms at what the human body can stand) but he's incredibly insightful about his dysfunctional family, his father's alcoholism, and the way addiction can be passed down from generation to generation. And he's also really [...]


    5. Another in my long line of "rock and roll" books. (This one was better than the Joan Baez one, but not as good as the Janis Ian one, for the record.) John Phillips doesn't pull any punches about all the bad choices he's made in his life, and he's made some doozies. From his troubled upbringing to his arrest for trafficking drugs in the mid-1980's, this is John's story, at least as much as he wants to tell you. I got the feeling at times that he was "stretching the truth," and embellishing things [...]


    6. you can take the drugs out of an asshole but you still are left with an assholeme dropping and chemical popping, that's all it offers, besides what a complete 'head up my ass' kind of guy he was. i feel sorry for anyone that had to be involved with this waste, especially his children.disgustingd, yes, i love the music.


    7. I had not been a huge fan of the Mamas and Papas, although I liked their music well-enough. The book is interesting for all the information on the time and the group. Like another reviewer said, the man was an a**hole, but the book is fascinating. I read the book about twenty years ago and have recently read MacKenzie Phillips' story, which I thought was honest and brave.



    8. Whether or not you appreciate John Phillips music (writer and member of the Mamas & Papas plus solo projects) it is definitely an interesting account of an era in time and is great for learning lessons about excess. Very easy read too as it is an autobiography written by a dude that did more acid than anyone I've ever heard of. Decently written. My expectations were not very high and I was pleasantly surprised.


    9. Ok, John Phillips gets the worst father of the century award. Introducing his kids to drugs at such a young age is the worst thing besides being a molester. The later he is not. Thanks to God for that. He writes about the band (Mamma's & Pappa's) and other musicians he hangs with and he hangs with some very famous people. That part is so interesting. The problem is that he is a dope fiend and will do anything to party. This is a worth while book to read. It is un-put-downable.


    10. An interesting story about the life and times of John Phillips. I was amazed by how much of what he was given and achieved was wasted away by his abuse of drugs and alcohol. He was such a musical genius; I like to imagine what he could've achieved if he had stayed straight. He did not have the best of life growing up and I would guess that had much to do with it; I was glad to see he finally straightened his life up.


    11. Before the DIRT - there was PAPA JOHN. basically the 60's and early 70's version of a man who had nothing, wrote some songs, got everything, and than procedded to drink, drug, schtup it away. also, wierdly started the whole 'confessional' celebrity culture by appearin on Oprah with his daughter to confess his addictions/sins.


    12. This is an autobiography of John Phillips. I always loved the Mamas and the Papas. My they were wild! This was written in 1986 so it doesn't tell of his liver transplant and last ten years. They were so wild and horribly into drugs. He was shooting up every ten minutes in the 80s. The drugs had control. I learned a lot. Pretty depressing book, actually.


    13. The best rock autobiography I have ever read. Papa John invented the outdoor rock festival, wrote the anthem for the Summer of Love, barely missed being slaughtered by Charles Manson and ran a massive drug ring! That's just the beginning! Truly the blueprint to a wreckless/fulfilling life in the music industry.


    14. self indulgent. I'm currently at the tail end of an obsession with his album wolf king of LA but he barely mentions it in this book. Never cared that much about the mamas and papas. Pretty entertaining but also annoying in his druggy self-justification.







    15. I really enjoyed this book and it's a little funny because John Phillips comes off as kind of a sleazeball. Not because of the drugs but because, from the get-go, he seemed to thrive on being a fuck-up. The man seemed to have no real morals. That said, he must have been an extremely charismatic person to have gotten away with so much shit for such a long time. And it made for a fantastic book--hearing about all the people he interacted with, the origins of the Monterrey Pop Festival, and, of cou [...]


    16. One of the best biographies I've ever read. It definitely speaks for a generation. You won't be able to put it down.


    17. John Philips was responsible for some great music, not least The Mamas and The Papas. He was also pivotal in the stageing of Monteray Pop and also wrote some of the best songs of the 60's. I could go on. Anyway for years I looked forward to reading this book and when I eventually got round to it I felt cheated. Time spent that I will never get back. What a drag this guy is, I found nothing I liked about him and he elicited no sympathy from me. A self serving man with no charm, another example of [...]


    18. This is a detailed, sordid, and lengthy survey of Phillips' rise with The Mamas and The Papas and descent into drug addiction. Phillips does very little to defend his actions from "fag rolling" (blackmail for queerbashing) as a juvenile to cheating on his pregnant wives including talking one into an illegal abortion where the he believed the feared molestation by the doctor occured. Of interest for music history, we hear the times and contexts for writing "Kokomo", "Go Where You Wanna Go", "Cali [...]


    19. Turns out all the stuff in those songs were true, still who would have thought that Papa John would become one hell of a 70’s junkie. It certainly was a wild ride, and the book captures that quite well. Even reaching back to the pre-Elvis and pre- Beatles era, abortion era 50’s and early 60’s culture. Not as bleak as Chuck Negron’s or Jimmy Greenspoon’s tales of addiction…but an engrossingly good story- even if much of them seem like PG versions of the events.


    20. I was mesmorized, horrified, doubtful and absolutely entranced for more than 400 pages. What a life outside anything I will ever experience. Would llike to read Mackenzie or Michelle's version for a different perspective.


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