Monkee Business: The Revolutionary Made-For-TV Band, originally published as The Monkees Tale in 1985, has been revised to include events from the last several years of the band's journey. You can purchase it on Amazon here, and a Kindle edition is also available.
In the article linked below, author Eric Lefcowitz discusses the legacy of The Monkees today and why they belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The August 2013 issue features an article entitled "Hey, Hey We're The Monkees...Learn Their Classic '60s Riffs." Thanks to Kevin for the heads up.
This color poster was originally sent to record stores in 1967. Underneath the poster (not shown here) were the options "Where/Date/Time" with blank lines for the correct information about an upcoming Monkees concert in the area.
From the Live Almanac's YouTube channel...
Just back from a successful string of concerts at Wembley in the UK, the group meets the press at the Warwick Hotel on July 6, two days before the start of their 1967 summer tour.
In mid-1976, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart filmed a television special (directed by Micky) called The Great Golden Hits of The Monkees, which showcased the band performing musical numbers and comedy skits. The TV special was syndicated and aired across the United States.
Here are some highlights of an article that appeared on the website of the Boston Globe.
Andrew Sandoval, the musician and archivist producing the tour, thinks it’s important to focus on the original arrangements.
“We actually sit and listen to the records together before we go into rehearsals,” says Sandoval. “What do the fans really want? Do they want us to show how great we’ve become or how we can pull off a cool solo in the song that wasn’t there? No, they want us to honor the songs as we did them then.”
Micky Dolenz relates his own experience seeing the Everly Brothers reunite in England in the 1980s.
“I remember thinking, ‘God, I hope they do all those hits. ‘Cathy’s Clown’ and ‘Wake Up Little Susie,’ ” remembers Dolenz. “And I got there and I was blown away. They played everything as I remembered it and I was singing and standing up there and crying and I remember thinking, if I ever get asked to get back and sing some of those Monkees tunes, I’m going to sing them like I remember.”
Why is Nesmith back? He had actually started talking to his former bandmates just before Jones died about doing a tour with them. Last year, the trio played a string of shows, but didn’t get to Boston.
“The best reason I can give is because it is so much fun – and maturing may have something to do with it – but not because I fear it will be the last time around,” Nesmith writes in an e-mail.
“Part of the fun of growing up is not having to act any certain way — and Monkees fans always traveled their own path,” he continues. “They stayed fans while their contemporaries ridiculed them and they are still fans. So to play live for the codger boppers while the new fans discover the music and silliness and share it is a lot of genuine fun — and that’s hard to come by.”
The December 27, 1991 issue of Goldmine celebrated the 25th Anniversary of The Monkees with a cover story that included separate interviews with various members of the group. In this interview with Nez, a wide range of topics are covered, including the impact of MTV, his work with the First National Band, the music of The Monkees and more. It also features a complete Michael Nesmith discography through 1991. For easier reading, click on each image and then click on it again.
This interview, where Davy speaks about The Monkees traveling to Hawaii in late 1966, comes from Harold Bronson's book, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees. Click to enlarge...
This concert at Curtis Hixon Hall was rescheduled once The Monkees accepted a lucrative deal to play a week's worth of shows in Mexico.
1969 tour dates are available on this page. A great interview conducted by Andrew Sandoval with Michael Nesmith about the 1969 tour, including stories about Michael's experiences in Mexico, can be heard here.
If you wrote Peter in 1989, this is the postcard (with a brief message on the back) that one would receive in return.
In the article below, Nez takes the readers of 16 Magazine on a tour around his house. A big thanks to Randi Waddell for the submission!