Here is a wonderful artifact from the past: a complete issue of A Book of Davy Love, a newsletter devoted to Davy Jones. Iain Lee, British broadcaster and co-owner (along with Glenn Gretlund) of 7a Records, is currently scanning items from his Monkees collection and shared this particular piece with the Live Almanac.
It's easy to forget that in the pre-internet era of the 1970s through much of the 1990s, fan clubs and their newsletters were the ultimate source of Monkees news and information. I fondly recall, as a new fan in the '80s during The Monkees' 20th Anniversary resurgence, eagerly awaiting the latest issues of Monkee Business Fanzine and The Monkees/Boyce & Hart Photo Fan Club. Imagine all of the work involved in collecting submissions, typing stories, inserting pictures, and getting copies of the final draft printed, stapled, folded, and mailed!
This issue of A Book of Davy Love, published in 1976, includes a detailed "News" section with lots of updates about the activities of Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart at the peak of their touring and recording career, including a promotional photo and fan reviews for their 1975 single, "I Remember the Feeling." Other parts of the newsletter include "Poetry Corner" and "What It's Like Being a Davy Fan Abroad." "The First Time" documents stories about fans meeting The Monkees during their 1969 tour as well as details surrounding the filming of Davy's 1972 TV special, POP! Finally, "Memorable Concert Moments" highlights The Monkees in concert in 1967 and 1969, along with Michael Nesmith & The First National Band at KRNT Theatre in Des Moines, Iowa in 1970.
Thanks again, Iain, for taking the time to scan this newsletter and for sharing it with the Live Almanac. And don't forget, coming soon from 7a Records: Davy Jones Live in Japan, now available to pre-order!
Longtime fan and collector Renny Simno recently purchased a Monkees-styled 8-button shirt produced and sold by Bruxton at the height of Monkeemania in the 1960s. This type of shirt, designed for the group by Gene Ashman, is synonymous with The Monkees, and the Bruxton garment remains a rare collectible to this day. Thanks to Renny for sharing his photos with the Live Almanac!
"The Monkeemen," inspired by The Monkees television series, are coming your way this holiday season in the form of a Christmas tree ornament set from Titan Merchandise. Arriving at retail in late October/early November, the package will be available to pre-order next week at Monkees.com.
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band Redux return to the concert stage this October - Tickets on sale Friday, July 26!
October 2: Lobero Theatre / Santa Barbara, California
October 3: Largo at the Coronet / Los Angeles, California
October 5: Fremont Theater / San Luis Obispo, California
A pre-sale for the Santa Barbara concert will take place Thursday, July 25. The code for the Lobero Theatre presale is "LEO." The pre-sale begins Thursday, July 25 at 10am PT, and ends at 10pm PT that evening.
Andrew Sandoval spoke about the upcoming shows on Instagram:
Congratulations to Amy and John Billings on the opening of Wine Down Nashville, a new music and event-based establishment in Nashville, Tennessee. John has been The Monkees' bass player since 2012 and also performs with Micky Dolenz. He resides in Nashville with Amy, who has long dreamed of opening a wine restaurant.
"Wine Down Nashville is a boutique wine bar created by musicians but made for all," John relayed to the Live Almanac this weekend. "It reflects both of our histories, some of our adventures, and especially our love of wine. We are open for all walks of life, but we're putting an emphasis on local events, corporate meetings, parties, and Amy's favorite pet project: meet and greets by some of our favorite musical artists, creatives of all walks, and a glimpse into Nashville's musical studio and touring force. Stay tuned!"
John also alerted the Live Almanac that a special treat awaits Monkees fans inside Wine Down Nashville. "I'm displaying and selling some of our favorite behind the scenes photography [of The Monkees] that I've taken over the years. I haven't previously displayed or presented any of it, but with Amy's help, it's going to be part of our boutique wine bar." John shared photos of his work that currently adorns the walls of Wine Down Nashville:
Stopping in at Wine Down Nashville to give his seal of approval was Wayne Avers, longtime Monkees guitarist and musical director:
Thanks a lot to Iain Lee for sharing this piece from his collection with the Live Almanac, a ticket to see The Monkees at Empire Pool, Wembley in London in July 1967. And don't forget that you can browse the Live Almanac's archives for more coverage of The Monkees at Wembley in '67!
A candid Micky Dolenz appeared on national radio talk program The Larry King Show with guest host Becky Bailey in February 1987. Micky talks about The Monkees' revival, his acting career, an upcoming guest appearance on The Mike Hammer Show, and much more. Thanks to Al Bigley of the Texas Prairie Chicken Home Companion Podcast for uploading this rarely heard radio interview!
Fabulous 208 was a weekly British pop music magazine, and here Micky Dolenz is featured on the cover of its November 11, 1967 issue in a picture taken during The Monkees' 1967 summer concert tour:
Information about rare collectibles like Mattel's Monkees toy guitars below and more can be found in Marty Eck's exhaustive book on Monkees memorabilia, The Monkees Collectibles Price Guide. Published in 1998, it has long been out of print, but the book is well worth searching for on Amazon.
Thank you very much to Iain Lee, co-founder of 7a Records, for uploading the official videotape of the 1986 Los Angeles Monkees convention, which took place September 5-7, and was capped by a reunion of all four Monkees in concert at the Greek Theatre on the last day of the convention. This video includes Q&A sessions with both Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, Bobby Hart performing "Steppin' Stone" with The Characters, along with guest appearances by Jan Berry, Rodney Bingenheimer, and more.
As a special Fourth of July announcement, Michael Nesmith's Videoranch3D Facebook page unveiled a new line of products celebrating the iconography of Nez's famous green wool hat:
"Over 50 years ago, a young Michael Nesmith walked into an audition wearing a staple of his personal wardrobe. He used his green wool hat to keep his hair out of his eyes while riding his motorcycle. For the past five decades, that green hat has been synonymous with Mike.
"But it was always Nez's hat and remains his -- even if he was known as Mike back then.
"And so we introduce to you the Mike Hat Collection. It features a new iconic logo designed by artists Jonathan Nesmith and Susan Holloway."