Ed Reilly is a first generation Monkees fan, collector, and author who co-published one of the principal books about The Monkees during the group's 1980s revival. Ed is also known for his long running column in (the now defunct) Monkee Business Fanzine. Entitled "Star Collector," Ed would break down a wide range of Monkees memorabilia, including everything from toys, trading cards, records, and much more.
In 1987, The Monkees - A Manufactured Image: The Ultimate Reference Guide to Monkee Memories & Memorabilia, was published. Its authors included Reilly; the editor-in-chief of Monkee Business Fanzine, Maggie McManus; and longtime Monkees associate Bill Chadwick. The year before, Ed co-produced the 1986 Philadelphia Monkees convention.
In this 1988 interview with Paris Stachtiaris on the Headquarters radio program, Reilly talks about how he became a fan, the genesis of the Manufactured Image book, and his tips on collecting Monkees memorabilia.
Ed has also been kind enough to share pieces from his collection with the Live Almanac, including the original album cover art for the 1969 Greatest Hits LP, the rare fan club postcard promoting the release of "Oh My My," and more. It was a pleasure to be able to say hello to him at concerts during the 2011 and 2012 Monkees tours.
Live in 2021