I'd like to highly recommend the latest issue of Record Collector, featuring The Monkees on the cover and available for purchase through the magazine's website, and also as a download to the 'Newsstand' app on your iPad. To everyone in the United States and outside of the UK - this is a British magazine, and it might be tough to locate!
There are four articles in total about The Monkees, combining for eleven pages in the issue. The first two pieces were written by longtime Monkees fan and British broadcaster Iain Lee, who is the co-producer of the new vinyl LP set celebrating Micky's early 1970s singles on MGM Records. "Daydream Achiever" is a fascinating look behind how the MGM Singles Collection came to fruition:
Iain's companion piece focuses on his favorite Monkees bootlegs, including The Monkees Live in Japan 1968 and Peter Tork Live at CBGB's:
Next up is "The Byrds, The Beatles And The Monkees," written by Beatles author Spencer Leigh:
Finally, noted music writer Ken Sharp examines The Monkees in "From Puppets To A Band With A Porpoise."
Not sure of a photo credit for this, but it's definitely from the Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart era.
Arriving in London on June 28, 1967, The Monkees held their first group press conference before the shows at Wembley. Five concerts were played there between June 30 and July 2 in front of audiences of 10,000 at each show. Below is newly released footage of the group's arrival in London and of the press conference, seen in color for the first time (to my knowledge). Thanks to Iain Lee for the heads up!
Here's some items from the Live Almanac's archive covering The Monkees on tour in England in 1967:
The special show is scheduled for Sunday, August 16 at 6pm (EDT). Be sure to click the image below to sign up (for free) and for more information!
Along with his songwriting partner Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart is responsible for penning some of The Monkees' most enduring songs, including "Last Train to Clarksville," "Steppin' Stone," and "Valleri." Arriving with determination and drive to the nascent Monkees project, the duo wrote and produced the soundtrack to the pilot episode, including singing the lead vocals, which were later replaced once the show was formally cast with Micky, Davy, Michael, and Peter. Despite conflicts with Don Kirshner, the show's music supervisor, Boyce and Hart were retained, and with the help of their backing band, The Candy Store Prophets, Boyce & Hart went on to produce many of the early Monkees recording sessions. Their influence eventually waned once Kirshner was sacked and The Monkees gained control over their musical output in early 1967. However, each original Monkees album, except Head, contains Boyce & Hart tunes.
Tommy and Bobby went on to have a successful recording career on their own, making guest appearances on television shows and contributing scores to movie soundtracks. In the mid-1970s, they teamed up with Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, a project which lead to concert tours, new music, and a television special. Boyce & Hart have been celebrated recently with a full-length documentary (co-produced by Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval), and earlier this year, Bobby published his autobiography.
In this interview from 1987 on The Monkees Hour, hosts Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio speak with Bobby about a wide range of subjects, including songwriting, how he met Tommy Boyce, his thoughts on not being selected as one of The Monkees, his relationship with Don Kirshner, the track "Long Way Home" from the Pool It! LP, and much more. You'll also hear Tommy and Bobby's version of "I Wanna Be Free" and their 1968 Top 10 hit "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight."
Is this the millennial "Breaking up is Hard to Do?" I particularly like the video -- the sentiment of the song -- the production and setting -- the song bed.
I can live with EDM -- and in fact listen to a lot: Blue Stone, Sleepthief, ATB,
Traditional? Listening to Shovels and Rope, Sara and Sean Watkins
Pop? Lana Del Rey "Honeymoon"
-- like that.
I'm feeling good about the new musicians. Looks like we are in for a change of pace. I start the days sitting and listening to music for a couple of hours --- like reading -- full concentration -- focus -- a kind of prayer and meditation.
I have thousands of songs in my library now. I use this to play them: Virtual DJ.
I mix on the computer with headphones for the party in my head. Table for one with millions of friends.
What are you listening to these days? Share a list if you feel like it.
Monkees Farewell Tour
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