John, the Wolfking of L.A. Here was John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas in 1969: partying with Sharon Tate, popping Seconals, and writing a musical about the moon… John, the Wolfking of L.A. Here was John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas in 1969: partying with Sharon Tate, popping Seconals, and writing a musical about the moon… 2006-09-12 John Phillips Country Rock
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John, the Wolfking of L.A. (2006)

PAPA DO RUN RUN Songs on the reissued 1969 Wolfking don't paint Phillips as Father of the Year material
Image credit: John Phillips: Retna Ltd.
PAPA DO RUN RUN Songs on the reissued 1969 Wolfking don't paint Phillips as Father of the Year material
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Sep 12, 2006; Lead Performance: John Phillips; Genres: Country, Rock

Here was John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas in 1969: partying with Sharon Tate, popping Seconals, and writing a musical about the moon landing. Thankfully, he also enlisted a crackerjack band to document his whirlwind year on the reflective John, the Wolfking of L.A.. Phillips is a true cad: ''Let It Bleed Genevieve'' (in which his pregnant girlfriend waits at home while he cruises L.A.) suggests one of Randy Newman's deluded characters. But such boorishness makes his heartbreaking moments of contrition all the more epiphanic.

Originally posted Sep 15, 2006 Published in issue #898 Sep 22, 2006 Order article reprints