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headEvent Date/Time: Tuesday, December 30 @ 7:30 PM

Pittsburgh, PA — The Monkees HEAD to The Hollywood Theater in Dormont.

Join The Hollywood Theater as they celebrate the December 30th
birthdays of Monkees –
Mike Nesmith and Davy Jones with a screening of the 1968 film HEAD and a
performance of Monkees tunes by Pittsburgh’s own The Gothees.

Doors are at 7pm with a Monkees-centric set by The Gothees at 7:30 followed
immediately by HEAD. Tickets are $10 and partial proceeds from the
night will go to
supporting The Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation (founded in 2012 by Davy’s
daughters Talia, Sarah, Jessica, and Annabel, to protect and care for
the herd of largely
retired and rescued racehorses he left behind.)

Tickets available at the door and in advance at showclix. The first 30
lucky folks through
the door will also receive an original ‘60s Monkees gum card and a
Gothees CD featuring
their take on the Nesmith penned Daily Nightly!

About HEAD:

Released in theaters nationwide on Nov. 6, 1968, ‘Head’ was
the Monkees last real
hurrah as a pop phenomenon of the ’60s. If you want to
talk about going out in a
blaze of glory, look no further. What other film has its
stars jumping off a bridge to
their watery death in the first five minutes? The Monkees
name was not used in the
offbeat advertising for the film, the movie itself had no
credits at all until the very
end, and the soundtrack generated zero radio hits. Some might
call this a recipe for
failure, while others might simply see it as the lunatics
taking over the asylum.

Written by Bob Rafelson (co-­‐creator of the television show)
and Jack Nicholson,
fresh from his LSD-­‐inspired film, ‘The Trip,’ and produced
by Rafelson and Bert
Schneider, ‘Head’ plays like a stream of consciousness
psychedelic ramble. Where
else do you get Frank Zappa, Sonny Liston, Annette Funicello,
Victor Mature, Terri
Garr and Jack Nicholson in the same movie? Appearing on
screen in brief non-­‐
speaking parts are Dennis Hopper and film choreographer Toni Basil.

The film was a colossal flop, reportedly recouping only about
$16,000 of its
$790,000 budget. The kids who saw it upon release certainly
didn’t understand
everything that was going on — they were just there to see
their heroes. Meanwhile,
the ‘heads’ who might have really got what was going on,
had no interest. “A lot of
the hip people, the intelligentsia, wouldn’t see the movie
anyway, because it was the
Monkees,” Micky Dolenz told in 2010.

The Monkees worked with Schneider, Rafelson and Nicholson on
ideas for the film.
“We sat around all day long and part of the night talking
about what we wanted to
do, what we didn’t want to do, and what kind of a movie
it would be,” said Dolenz,
“At the end of the weekend, we ended up with hours of tape
that Jack took away, and
out of those conversations and the experiences we had hanging
out, they came up
with this movie.”

“We didn’t want to make a 90-­‐minute version of the TV
show,” Dolenz told in 2010, “The movie is essentially about us being
victims, always the
victim of circumstance. It was about the whole zeitgeist, and
deconstruction of, not
only the Monkees, but also a lot to do with the
deconstruction of Hollywood.” The
late Davy Jones, on the other hand, was not a cheerleader
of the film. “We were
pawns in something we helped create but had no control
over,” he told the
Guardian, adding, “They were throwing us to the ‘gators at
that point.”

‘Head’ poked holes in the facade of the music industry, the
film and television
industries, politics and human nature, with the main target
being the Monkees
themselves. “I think it is one of the movies that really
did capture the feeling and
sensibility of the time,” adds Dolenz. Critics were left
confused, and did not heap on
praise. The NY Times wrote that it “might be a film to see
if you have been smoking
grass,” while the Hollywood Reporter accused the film makers
of “purposely seeking
to evolve some detached commentary from seemingly confused material.”

About The Gothees:

The Gothees are an entertaining and eclectic mix of
performers-­‐cum-­‐musicians who
have a unique and often perverse way of slanting the
dominant paradigm of
rock/pop music or something along those lines. Their music
may be best described
as an unsettling mixture of ’60s pop distilled with a hint
of ’80s influences topped
with a slight pinch of the punk aesthetic. Imagine the
bubblegum pop tunes of The
Monkees and The Archies interpreted by The Velvet Underground
with Ian Curtis of
Joy Division as lead vocalist …really.­‐Gothees/315145340157



For more information on The Hollywood Theater, contact Joseph
Morrison, Operations
Manager 412-563-0368/

For more information on The Gothees, contact Waldo P. Emerson Jones,
III (aka Corey
LeChat), 213-453-1575/

For more information on The Davy Jones Equine Memorial
Foundation, visit


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