Watch "The Fairy Tale" below, featuring Michael Nesmith's commentary:
And here's the episode with Peter Tork's commentary. This is Peter's favorite episode of The Monkees, and he raves about Michael's performance in it:
Thanks to John who submitted this photograph he found on Facebook - Nez playing live in Melbourne, Australia at the Palais Theatre during a brief tour of Australia in 1977. You'll note that Michael is playing his Gibson Les Paul custom guitar!
Live at The Palais was released by Michael's company Pacific Arts in August 1978. Recorded in Melbourne at the Palais Theatre during a brief tour of Australia in 1977, the set reunites Nez with First National Band drummer John Ware. Notably, some of the songs on Live at The Palais featured new arrangements in comparison to their studio counterparts.
Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork performed at the Palais this past December during a stop on The Monkees' 50th Anniversary Tour.
The LP cover features a photo of Nez with his Black Gibson Les Paul custom guitar. This is the same guitar he played when The Monkees recorded "Pleasant Valley Sunday" in 1967, producing the classic riff that became the cornerstone of the song. The guitar was also seen on 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee during The Monkees' performance of "Listen to the Band," and again in 1969 when Micky, Davy, and Michael performed live on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Nez was last seen using the Les Paul with The Monkees at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in 1986.
Live at the Palais can be downloaded on iTunes or at Videoranch.
A big thanks to Ben Belmares who supplied the scans seen below:
David Price was a friend of Michael Nesmith's before The Monkees. He later became a stand-in for Davy Jones on the set of The Monkees' TV show, and he also traveled with the group during their concert tours. Beyond numerous cameos on the show as an extra, you can also spot David playing drums during "Little Darlin'" on the 1969 Monkees television special, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee.
In 1969, Price became a member of the band Blue Mountain Eagle. The group released a lone album for Atlantic Records in 1970 (which is available on Amazon). He was seen in pictures taken at the private memorial for Davy Jones held at Samantha Juste's house after Davy passed away in 2012.
In this article, from the June 1967 issue of Tiger Beat, Price recalls the trip Mike and his wife, Phyllis, made to London in early February 1967.
This collection is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017, and you can pre-order it from Amazon. It will also be available as a digital download.
The Second Disc: Different Drum: Michael Nesmith’s “Infinite Tuesday” Offers Soundtrack to His Autobiography
“The Monkees were the beginning for me, the amazing thing is they were only the beginning for Mike Nesmith. This is the way a genius lives life right. Great stories of his buddies Hendrix, Timmy Leary, and Douglas Adams, adventures while inventing the music video and changing home video, yogis in California, VR, and why you should never complain about the air conditioning on a private jet. Nez inspired me when I was 13 and now with this book he continues to inspire me at 61."
— Penn Jillette of “Penn & Teller”
“You know it’s a good book when you quote lines and anecdotes from it, and claim them as your own. Infinite Tuesday is fascinating and funny! In a word, Nezmerizing.”
— Jack Handey, author of Deep Thoughts and The Stench of Honolulu
“Mike Nesmith is a pop-culture spirit guide. Every creative person should take this revealing, hilarious, semi-hallucinogenic trip back in time through all the biggest cultural revolutions of the late 20th century. Nesmith himself was a driving force in many of them. This book is honest, moving, and inspirational.”
— Jay Roach, director of Austin Powers and Meet the Parents
“Infinite Tuesday is a picnic in forward motion. The table is full of gems, big and small, and studded throughout with a full cast of characters. I am already looking for volume two and, please, let there be one.”
— Ed Ruscha
“Nesmith is an artist, adventurer and thinker whose nimble creativity soared far above the appellation he was given: “The smart Monkee.” In Infinite Tuesday, he details the inner forces, from personal to spiritual, that kept him forging ahead –and that created stumbling blocks as well. Unsparing and revealing, this book is an unusual, unforgettable read.”
— Ben Fong-Torres
“Nesmith is witty and ironic and has a fund of amazing and often absurd stories. Infinite Tuesday is unlike any other music or movie autobiography.”
— Alex Cox, director of Repo Man
For more details and how to order: INFINITE TUESDAY An Autobiographical Riff By Michael Nesmith
Terry Allen asked if I would submit a song for use in his installation of "Road Angel" at the Austin Contemporary site of Laguna Gloria.
The American romance with the automobile and the open road can be seen throughout Terry's decades-long career, as he came of driving age in the 1950s, filled with the promise of adventure and escape. He has noted: "The sense of hurtling through great black empty space...late at night on a dead straight line of asphalt with headlights shining...driving a car as fast as it would go...and listening to The Wolfman on the radio turned up as loud as it would go...is probably where every freedom I most value first began."
Road Angel, 2016, a bronze cast of a 1953 Chevrolet coupe, embodies a range of emotional and nostalgic associations with the American automobile. Terry has placed this three-wheeled car far from any road, resting haphazardly amid the trees, as if the vehicle has careened off its path or the stage were set for a lovers' tryst.
There is something spiritual in the way the sculpture of an abandoned car, spent, dissolving into the past efforts of searching for "adventure and escape" that meets precisely the spirit and faint hope of the song "Dance of Mother and Child." I can hear the mother sing the song to her child, hear the 1950's radio station playing the song in the car radio, see the sweep of the desert and the one lonely road that leads everywhere, and touches all lives.
I was happy to comply with Terry's request, proud to be a part of the installation, and now give you the song as a gift you may download.
"Nesmith may be most remembered for his role as the stoic guitarist in the Monkees, but his brilliant, candid, and humorous new autobiographical musings give readers a much clearer picture of his originality and inventiveness."