This episode of Headquarters is centered around Davy Jones and his 1987 autobiography, They Made a Monkee Out of Me. The special, hosted by Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio, begins with a multi-part interview with Alan Green, who assisted Davy in the publication of the book (as well as 1992's Mutant Monkees Meet The Masters of the Multimedia Manipulation Machine!). Green was also a member of Toast, the late '70s/early '80s group that backed Davy on the road during that period. Green talks about his relationship with Davy and the genesis of their partnership, Basil Foster, and recalls Toast on tour. From there Paris and John speak with Davy about the book, his experiences on Broadway, The Monkees' fallout with MTV, Pool It!, the making of the "Every Step of the Way" video, 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, his 1988 solo album Incredible, Don Kirshner, Colpix Records, Head, and much, much more.
Please note that I've misplaced the opening of this episode of Headquarters which is why the program begins right away with Alan Green's interview. And, sprinkled throughout you'll hear two tracks from Incredible, "After Your Heart" and "Hippy Hippy Shake," along with "Rainbows" (written and recorded with Chip Douglas), as well as audio from Davy's late 1965 appearance on Ben Casey.
Steve Blauner, former partner of Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, passed away earlier this week. In Davy's 1987 autobiography, They Made a Monkee Out of Me, he remembered some pranks exchanged between the pair in the 1960s. (For context, the story being told by Davy at the start of the page below concerns some financial issues he was experiencing with a former manager.)
"Mutant Monkees Meet The Masters of the Multimedia Manipulation Machine!" by Davy Jones & Alan Green
Published in 1992, this was Davy's second book (following 1987's They Made a Monkee Out of Me). A collection of photographs, collages, and remembrances, Mutant Monkees featured a foreword by Don Kirshner and was co-authored by Alan Green, who was a member of Davy's band, Toast, in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Davy's autobiography, They Made a Monkee Out Of Me, was published in 1987. The book was later released on audio tape featuring the song "Manchester Boy."
Over the course of several episodes of the Headquarters radio program in 1989, hosts Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio played the audiobook, and the first five chapters are now available below. A big thanks to Paris for continuing to share his Headquarters program archives.
They Made a Monkee Out of Me is once again available in paperback and as a Kindle download.
Chapters 1 - 5
Davy's 1987 autobiography is available on Amazon in paperback and as a Kindle download.
In his 1987 autobiography They Made a Monkee Out of Me, Davy reflected on a number of people close to him, including Peter Tork;
In his 1987 autobiography They Made a Monkee Out of Me, Davy reflected on a number of people close to him, including Michael Nesmith.
This picture was taken at one of Davy's book signings in Los Angeles in 1988. (Davy is holding the audio version of his book, They Made a Monkee Out Of Me.
Davy's autobiography, They Made a Monkee Out Of Me, was published in 1987. Davy undertook several book signing tours in 1987 and 1988 and made multiple television appearances to promote it. (I attended the book signing at the Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey in 1988, which was packed!) The book was also published on audio tape and featured the song "Manchester Boy," a great little track which can be heard below. (Note: this is not the version included on the audio book. It's a ukulele-laden take recorded during sessions for Davy's Incredible album in 1986, and my personal favorite version of the song.)
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