In Memoriam: John Phillips (2)

From The Los Angeles Times, Thursday, March 29, 2001

– Dear John –

A gathering of friends, family and fans mark the rock 'n' roll life of Mamas and Papas founder John Phillips, who died last week at 65.

By RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer

Death and even "Destruction" were reasons for celebration rather than commiseration Tuesday night at the Roxy, the scene of a musically and emotionally powerful rock 'n' roll wake for the Mamas and the Papas leader John Phillips, who died March 18 of heart failure at 65.

Close to 300 fans, friends, fellow musicians and members of his large and scattered family turned out for a hastily assembled memorial for a man whose music evoked an image of California as seductively idyllic as his own life was wildly stormy.