Last night in London, 7a Records held a launch party for the upcoming CD release of Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection. A host of other goodies were available, Circe Link & Christian Nesmith performed via Skype, and Micky Dolenz welcomed those in attendance via a special video message. To top off everything, 7a's extended quest to release Keep Off My Grass, a long-lost film produced in the 1970s and starring Micky, has become a reality:
Directed by comedian Shelley Berman and starring former Monkee Micky Dolenz, Keep Off My Grass is a stoner comedy that had a limited run on it's initial release. In fact, it's fair to say that hardly anyone saw the movie when it first came out in the mid 70's and almost no one has seen it since. Never released on video or DVD, this is the first time this movie has been publically available.
Sourced from a VHS copy owned by the producers Albert J Salzer & Allan D. Yasnyi, this DVD is presented in this low-fi version as a matter of historical interest. Lovingly restored by film archivist Garrett Gilchrist, please don't expect HD quality! It is taken from a low quality VHS of a screening of the film, while everything has been done to make the image as sharp as possible, it is of a lot lower quality than we have come to expect. This really is for hardcore fans. Thank you for your understanding on this matter!
Monkees expert Iain Lee has spent years searching for this film and has included some great extras to make this a very special package for fans of Dolenz, kitsch and lost 70's classics.
Iain Lee, longtime fan and proprietor of Monkee Bootlegs, has been meticulously working on giving Keep Off My Grass, a 1972 cult film that starred Micky, a modern day release. The project is coming close to a conclusion, as noted in Iain's latest Facebook post below:
"Very, very exciting news. I have been in talks with the producer of the 1972 Dolenz comedy movie Keep Off My Grass.
I am being sent a copy of this movie in the next few weeks. I shall then be trying to organise a screening somewhere in London followed by a limited release on DVD. If anyone knows of a suitable venue in the UK for a screening or has any leads on getting a DVD release, please do let me know...
American fans, do not worry. I shall do my best to secure a screening in the States (again, if anyone knows a of a venue in either LA or NY, please contact me) and a limited DVD release there as well.
Please note, this will be a legitimate release and I will not be sharing for free. This has taken a LOT of work to not only track this film down but also win the trust of the people who own it. I really hope that when this does get released, you will respect the work, effort and time that has gone into securing this and not share freely.
These are exciting times!"
Head, as included in the Criterion box set, features the following:
The Monkees' last performance as a trio on the ill-fated 2001 tour occurred on August 31, 2001 at the Sun Theatre in Anaheim, California. The Anaheim concert was recorded and filmed. The subsequent release, Live Summer Tour, was made available on DVD and compact disc in stores and online. Here's a look at the DVDs:
Due to popular demand, the entire uncut concert was later released as a limited collector's edition:
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