This is a must watch interview with Bob Rafelson that was filmed for the Criterion Collection release of Head in 2010. Rafelson starts at the beginning, talking about the audition process that led to the selection of Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, all the way through the making of the movie Head in 1968.
MTV played a pivotal role in the rebirth of The Monkees in 1986, just in time for the group's 20th Anniversary. On February 23 of that year, MTV aired a weekend marathon of The Monkees television series. The reaction was overwhelming and it helped to create a second wave of Monkeemania just as the group was set to reunite. After the initial success of the "Pleasant Valley Sunday" marathon in February, MTV started to air the series twice a day, seven days a week. By April, the show was being screened three times a day.
Throughout this period, MTV also produced a series of weekday segments called "I Was a Teenage Monkee." The clips lasted about two minutes each and featured interviews with Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Jim Frawley, Tommy Boyce, Monte Landis, Jeff Barry, David Winters, Eric Lefcowitz, and others. After Micky and Peter acted as guest VJs on May 3 and 4, 1986, a one-hour special aired (hosted by original VJ Alan Hunter) that collected the previous segments.
A big thanks to Karen Welsh for submitting her latest 'Monkee Mythbusters' video!
This weekend in the Underground Garage it’s Monkee time!
That’s right, we are celebrating the TV show that led to Monkeemania - mostly because we forgot to celebrate the 40th.
With us this week will be the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Sex Pistols, and the New York Dolls.
Find out what Rufus Thomas, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Rotten, and Bill Murray have in common.
It’s Monkeemania this weekend in the Underground Garage.
(Original Air Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014)
Good luck to Rachel Lichtman, Andrew Sandoval, and all those involved with the new documentary about Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. It premieres tonight in Los Angeles.
Here's a preview of the documentary:
"Just as the Sixties turned from black-and-white to Technicolor, they went from starving in New York City to stardom in Hollywood. Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart were best known for writing some of the Monkees’ most popular hits, but that’s really only the beginning. They were actors, activists, singers, songwriters and pop culture icons who helped lead a movement to lower the national voting age to eighteen. However, at the apex of their success, they were managed by a brilliant con artist who absconded with most of their earnings. Their lasting legacy became a brilliant catalog of songs, but more importantly, an enduring contribution to the American political landscape. They changed lives and they changed law. Following their journey from overnight successes to devastating failure, to being unlikely political crusaders, The Guys Who Wrote ‘Em skips the usual talking heads and lets B&H’s own home movies, photos, and personal archives tell the real story. Schedules permitting, Bobby Hart and Keith Allison in person — plus, Q&A moderated by Michael Des Barres (of Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM!)"
In 1997, Rhino Records released the Justus home video featuring six new music videos and footage from the Billboard Live concert:
Recap: Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith