At the height of their popularity, The Monkees' eclectic concert show featured a large screen behind the band that flashed photos of the group and more, including images of civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, along with anti-Vietnam War messages. These projections were controversial enough to gain attention from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States, which opened a file on The Monkees in early 1967. The images screened during Monkees concerts were dubbed by the FBI as "subliminal messages" that "constituted left wing innovations of a political nature."
A heavily redacted version of the FBI's file on The Monkees was released over a decade ago. Micky Dolenz recently submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to view the file in uncensored fashion, but his efforts proved unsuccessful. As a result, a lawsuit against the FBI on Dolenz's behalf was filed by Mark S. Zaid, an expert in Freedom of Information Act litigation.
Micky's action against the FBI received widespread coverage in the press, and was the leading story throughout the day on Rolling Stone magazine's website on August 30, 2022. Read more about Micky's action below:
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