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The all new biography of Michael Nesmith of The Monkees is out, with 75 new
photos and 2 new chapters, with details on the 1997 reunion, ABC special
and the only known photo of Michael with his father. Buy it online and get
free gifts and free shipping!


Some said it would never happen, but here it is – log on to this web page
to hear clips from the forthcoming Michael Nesmith album “Rays””>

You can also purchase a limited edition special signed pressing at this site.

Is that a pig flying up there? Nahhh


From: Videoranch

Michael Nesmith’s new album “Rays” will be out commercially on CD in April
of 2006. It will be available at the music sites sometime after the first
of the year.

A special Limited Edition run of 100 CDs will be available beginning
November 28th, 2005 only at Videoranch. They will each be signed and
numbered by Nez.

Each Limited Edition Rays CD package will include:

A CD that is signed and numbered by Nez
Unique Jewel Case and CD Artwork by Michael Nesmith
Display case to display your signed CD on a desk or table.
An 8 1/2 ” by 11 ” print of the Drew Friedman album cover art that will be
on the commercial copy of the CD that’s coming out in April
Certificate of Authenticity

The price for the Limited Edition will be $100.00

We will have photos of the entire package plus samples of the songs up at very soon. For more information and to reserve a copy,
please contact us at or call 1-866-727-2639.


We’ve had such an overwhelming response to requests for Rays that Nez has
agreed to produce a Rays Second Edition of 100 CDs which will be available
shortly. We’ve already taken many reservations but the Second Edition is
not sold out yet. If you would like to reserve your own copy of the Rays
Second Edition CD please email us at or call us
toll free at 1-866-727-2639 (1-831-373-3100 if outside the US).

We expect the Second Edition to sell out very quickly, so reserve your
copies now.


The Rays web page is now up. We have music samples, a track list, credits
information and photos. We’ll be adding things to this site as we move
towards the commercial release of Rays. Expect to be able to download Rays
from iTunes, Rhapsody, MSN Music, etc. very soon.


Videoranch now has its Holiday Gift Packs available for purchase, so please
stop by and take a look. There are a lot of great deals.


From: Scotto

“pool it!” makes an appearance on the pitchfork list of worst album covers:


From: James Lee Stanley

hey campers,
here’s some cool news (for me, that is). on nov 2, 2005, usa today
reviewed our all wood and stones cd and i have thoughtfully included it so
that you could see it too.
and i invite you to go to and check out our
christmas special offers, good thru december 10th. hope to see you soon,
and thanks for reading this far.
james lee

All Wood and Stones

Singer/guitarist/composers John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley stripped down
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby?, Under My Thumb and nine other Rolling
Stones tunes into acoustic skeletons, confounding logic by rendering a
subdued version of Let’s Spend the Night Together with former Monkee Peter
Tork on guitar into a stirring affair. Batdorf and Stanley have turned the
rock grooves inside out, adopted stylish arrangements and made no attempt
to ape the originals, unveiling the elegance of the melodies and allowing
radically new interpretations of songs long tattooed in boomer DNA. Paint
it fresh. –Edna Gundersen

Hear the new CD Release:
Official Website:
Merchandise Stores: =>


From: Nez4Ever1230

There is a new television commercial airing for Ebay featuring their new It
promotion on which the guys classic Daydream Believer is heard as a video
is shown of people doing all sorts of things while displaying the word It.

Also, yesterday an epidsode of the fantastic comedy series The Drew Carey
Show aired on cable channel WTBS during which a music video segment was
featured which focused on pop culture from the 1960s and 1970s and a clip
of the guys from their wonderful series was included.

In my opinion, David, Michael, Peter & Micky are # 1 always and Forever!
Thank you,


From: Danny Solazzi

Peter,Micky & Davy sing on “The Early Characters” CD

Hi, Just a quick note to let you all know that Micky, Davy & Peter have
given their permission to let us include four live songs The Characters
performed with them on our new CD “The Early Characters”

The Early Characters is a collection of rare and unreleased recordings from
band’s teenage days,through their first studio recordings, the unreleased
1987 Chip Douglas produced album, as well as these live cuts with The Monkees!

Heart and Soul live with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork 1987,Tulane live with
Peter Tork 1988, For Pete’s Sake live with Peter Tork 1988,Hippy Hippy
Shake live with Davy Jones 1987.Also included is a version of Door Into
Summer (acoustic)produced by Chip Douglas and featuring Chip on guitar.

The sound on the live tracks is not pro quality but is very listenable.

Track Listing: I Need You Tonight , I Just Want You , Miss America , This
Is Goodbye, Troubled Times , Maryann , Three Blocks Away , Puppet On A
String, Your Cover Is Blown, Siobhan, Until We Meet Again, Soldier Of Love,
Maryann 1985, This Is Goodbye 1985, Siobhan 1986, Heart and Soul live with
Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork 1987,Tulane & For Pete’s Sake live with Peter
Tork 1988 ,Hippy Hippy Shake live with Davy Jones 1987, One More Chance
live at The Roxy, Rodney on the ROQ, Characters Hotline message, Door Into
Summer (acoustic/with Chip Douglas)

For information on how to order The Early Characters & to read an
exclusive Chip Douglas interview and preview songs please visit our web
site at


From: Sergio Lopez

I went to see Neil Diamond in Columbus, Ohio, last Saturday (August
27). Neil’s
performance of “I’m a Believer” came as no surprise. The surprise,
however, was the
inclusion in the set of a nice version of “(Look Out!) Here Comes Tomorrow”.
Thought you would like to know!



From: Randi Waddell



USA – Workhouse Publicity announced today that it has been selected by
Grammy Award winning artist Michael Nesmith as the Agency of Record for
U.S. marketing and domestic publicity concerning his upcoming album “Rays”.
Workhouse Publicity will develop an integrated promotional strategy that
synchronizes communication efforts both nationally and locally. As part of
a larger company initiative, Workhouse will develop creative brand
messaging across all media channels to ensure consistency. The assignment
is effective immediately.To receive a copy of “Rays” or to request an
interview with Michael Nesmith, interested media please contact Workhouse
Publicity, CEO Adam Nelson directly by telephone 212. 645. 8006 or via

Grammy Award wining artist Michael Nesmith is an accomplished songwriter,
musician, actor, home video pioneer, film producer and scriptwriter,
novelist, businessman and philanthropist. His phenomenal success in the
television show The Monkees was just the beginning of his prolific and
innovative music and entertainment career, one that continues to shake our
pop landscape. Nesmith has recorded a dozen or so reputable folk and
country-rock records as a solo artist, masterminded the cult film staple
Repo Man, won the first-ever Video Grammy, and written a fantastical novel.
Oh yeah, somewhere in the middle of all of this he had the foresight to
conceive MTV. This Spring, 2006, Michael Nesmith’s releases his latest
album Rays; a calypso-like, cinematic journey of sound with elements of
swing-jazz and instrumental funk unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.
Once again, Nesmith pioneers the movement bringing deeper dimensions to our
current musical fields.

“For a time I thought Rays had come together differently than any other
project I had worked on, until it dawned on me all the various works I had
been involved in had happened the same way and doing Rays was simply the
first time I had seen it. Rays was my own personal Copernican Shift. For
years Rays laid around in bits and pieces, and there were long periods when
I would put them all away, like disparate parts of disparate building
blocks. As if one was a recipe, another was a blueprint, another was a map.
I couldn’t see how they fit together. I kept going, as much for not having
anything else to do as for the curiosity of how it would all turn out, but
I did keep going, and I’m glad I did. It was when I was putting on the horn
parts, dreaming of Memphis and Stax Volt, that it all came together. It was
as if I had come into the garage one evening, and was looking at the
detritus of a failed effort laying all over the floor, when suddenly there
was this array, a kind of order to it that I had never imagined. That was
exciting. It felt new, and gave me the inspiration I needed to finish. This
after four years of wandering in darkness — which actually happened to be
one of the lines from Rays. I had always imagined ’emergence’ as the
gradual appearing of something that already exists but was just unseen.
Rays was the first time I ever actually saw that happen. And now that I’ve
seen it I am aware that all the past works have happened the same way.” –
Michael Nesmith

Robert Michael Nesmith was born December 30, 1942 in Houston, Texas. He
moved from his native Texas to California; intent on breaking into show
business. He began to write songs and perform them at live venues around
Los Angeles. Spotting an ad calling for four musicians to act in a TV
series, he landed a leading role in The Monkees. that quickly became a pop
culture phenomenon, and catapulted the young Nesmith to stardom. While in
The Monkees, Nesmith continued to write and sing his own songs. He received
critical and commercial acclaim for his songs Some of Shelly’s Blues and
Different Drum, a 1967 US Top 20 hit for Linda Ronstadt. His job in
the television show also gave him the opportunity to write and produce
songs for the show. But the country-tinged music he did for the show was
pretty experimental for television. Nesmith left The Monkees in 1969 to
form The First National Band. Pioneer of the genre later to be dubbed
country rock, he released a series of albums for RCA. Magnetic South, the
1970 debut LP included the Top 30 single Joanne, followed by Loose Salute
and 1971’s Nevada Fighter. When The First National Band dissolved that same
year, Nesmith formed The Second National Band Although he released only
one album, 1972’s Tantamount To Treason Volume One, he continued to refine
the country/rock sound that was to influence a new breed of artists such as
Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Poco, The Flying Burrito Bros. and New Riders of
The Purple Sage. Other Michael Nesmith albums were quick to follow: And The
Hits Just Keep On Comin’, and Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash all
distributed by RCA.

Nesmith left RCA to launch his own communications company, Pacific Arts
Corporation.The Prison, an ambitious multi-media book/record combination,
was the corporation’s first release in 1975. This was followed in 1976 by
the LP From A Radio Engine To A Photon Wing and featured the hit single
Rio. He created a video for Rio which is considered by many to be the first
music video, because it developed a new film language, marrying music to
images. (The Rio video is in the permanent collection at MOMA.) With the
album Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma, Nesmith included the song Cruisin
and he made a video for it as well. Cruisin possessed a recitative style
that nobody besides maybe Bob Dylan was doing at the time. Nesmith included
both Rio and Cruisin in an hour long landmark video called Elephant Parts,
a kind of music and comedy combination come to life in a single, long form
format. NARAS loved it but didn’t have a Grammy category for it, so they
created a Best Video category for it that year and Elephant Parts won the
first Grammy for Best Video.

Nesmith went on tour performing behind the success of the single Rio. While
appearing in Australia, he noted an interest in Top 40 television shows
that played video clips of performing artists. Back in the states, Nesmith
put together a half-hour prototype Top 40 show called Popclips. He sold
it to Warner Brothers/Amex and Nesmith produced the first shows and so
became the creator of the idea for what eventually became MTV.

Between Elephant Parts and Television Parts, Nesmith co-wrote, produced and
scored the film Timerider and was the producer of Repoman, Tapeheads, and
Square Dance. In 1989, Michael Nesmith and The Monkees were presented with
a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Nesmith returned to his music and
assembled a compilation of unreleased tracks and selected cuts from his
later LP’s entitled The Newer Stuff. In late 1991, Rhino Records released
another CD collection from his earlier LP’s entitled, fittingly, The Older
Stuff: The Best of Michael Nesmith (1970-73). In September of 1992, Michael
Nesmith launched his independent record label, Pacific Arts Audio, with the
release of his long awaited …tropical campfires… which Nesmith fans
consider to be one of his best works.

In addition to releasing his own work, Nesmith signed The Hellecasters and
released two albums by them, Return Of The Hellecasters and Escape from
Hollywood. In just under a years time, The Hellecasters won three awards
for 1993; “Best Overall Guitar LP” & “Best Country LP” in the prestigious
Guitar Player Magazine’s readers poll, and “Top 2 Roots LP” in Guitar World

The Garden was released in September of 1994. This outstanding multi-media
package was nominated for a Grammy Award in the new age category. It is the
second part of a work Nesmith started in 1974 entitled The Prison. Like The
Prison, The Garden is a book and music designed to be experienced

Since 1990, Nesmith has hosted the Council on Ideas, a gathering of
intellectuals from different fields who are asked to brainstorm solutions
to world problems. From the early 90’s through 2004 he served as a member
of the board of trustees of the American Film institute, and was a
nominating member of the AFI Awards. He is currently President and
chairman of the board of trustees of the Gihon Foundation. His first novel
The Long Sandy Hair Of Neftoon Zamora was released by St Martins Press in
December of 1998. The complete works of Michael Nesmith, including music
downloads, are available to purchase online at

Instituted in 1996, Workhouse Publicity has produced over one hundred
domestic and international publicity campaigns. The new definition of a
full-service promotional firm, Workhouse specializes in the coordination of
corporate and celebrity publicity, total design, luxury marketing and
special events. Worldwide client campaigns have included promotional
initiatives for Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Tim Burton, Debbie Harry, David
LaChapelle and Lennox Lewis. Corporate retainer clients include Assouline,
Borrelli, Bennihana, ContentFilm, Carl F. Bucherer, Chocolate Bar, IFC
Films, Metropolitan Pavilion, Rubin Museum of Art, WGA East to name a few.
Recent accomplishments include launch events at Versace, Harry Winston, Van
Cleef & Arpels, Gracie Mansion, Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater, Carnegie
Hall. Client campaigns include Ultimate Style: The Best of The Best Dressed
List at Gotham Hall, Dolce & Gabanna’s Hollywood at Bergdorf Goodman with
Jennifer Lopez, Gucci’s so8o’s boutique launch, Francis Ford Coppola’s
Festa Macaroni, Interview Magazine’s 30th Anniversary, Virgin Megastore’s
Grand Opening and Galleries Lafayette’s 20th Anniversary in France as well
as bi-coastal productions of the 24 Hour Plays to benefit the NY State WTC
Relief Fund with Philip SeymourHoffman, Rosie Perez, Benjamin Bratt,
Julianne Moore and more. Workhouse Publicity is a one-stop agency
accommodating all aspects of publicity, design and promotion for the
creation of marketing, advertising and special events.


From: Mark Carter


Just a bit of news which, I don’t BELIEVE, has been mentioned in your
e-mail newsletter.

The DOLENZ JONES BOYCE & HART album has been released on CD in
Britain. (By this, I mean the 1976 studio album.) I believe this is its
first ever CD appearance. It can be found on and

Thanks much. Take care,

Mark Carter

Indianapolis, IN

Available in America here:


From: Crystal

Micky will be appearing in Clear Water,Fl
on January 7th 2006. It will held at the base ball feild tickets on
sale soon. Don’t Miss it!!!!!



From: Melinda Bruno

Stumbled across this Internet Radio Station tonight:

“60s Psychedelic Web Radio”

In the past half-hour, they’ve played “She” and promos for “Head” and
for the Monkees’ 1967 Tour With Jimi Hendrix.

They’ve also played a bunch of tracks the oldies stations haven’t
played to death. What a treat!

–The Funky Cold 13th Floor Elevator

P.S. NP “Lydia Purple” by the Collectors! Oh wow!!!


From: ruthkw

Also see:

Former MONKEES star DAVY JONES wants to die anonymously at sea after tossing
himself over the railings of a cruise ship.
The DAYDREAM BELIEVER singer, who turns 60 next month (DEC05), dreams of a
peaceful passing and doesn’t want any fuss made about his death.
He explains, “I want to retire unknown and anonymous and just fade away. I
want to be on a cruise ship or something, and when I know I’m about to die,
I’ll be overboard before anybody knows and I’ll be eaten by a whale.
“My body will be washed up on some beach somewhere and when my kids go to
the ocean I want them to know I’m there. That would be kind of a romantic
21/11/2005 09:19


From: Andrew Sandoval

Milt Holland, who played percussion on a number of tracks for the Birds, Bees
& The Monkees album has passed away…

Subject: RIP Milt Holland

Daily Variety
November 15, 2005, Tuesday
HEADLINE: Milton Holland

Drummer Milton Holland died Nov. 4 in Los Angeles of
complications from Alzheimer’s and kidney failure. He was 88.
Born in Chicago, he started as a jazz artist, playing with
artists including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn,
Stanley Clarke and Benny Carter.

He recorded with artists including Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini,
Ry Cooder and the Beatles, playing on dozens of gold and platinum
albums. He was also responsible for bringing exotic percussion
instruments such as the tabla to Western recordings.

He can be heard on soundtracks including “West Side Story,” “To
Kill a Mockingbird” and “The King and I,” and recorded the twitch
of Samantha’s nose on “Bewitched” and the twinkle of Tinker Bell
in Disney’s “Peter Pan.”

He is survived by wife Mildred, two sons, a grandson, a granddaughter
and a great granddaughter.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.


From: Mark Carter

Hi Brad,

Have you heard of this Micky Dolenz item?:

Is it legit? Any info you can offer will be appreciated.

Mark Carter

Indianapolis, Indiana


From: “Aaron Handy III”

Sorry, Monkeemavens; I must drop another B-52 on ya…

Hamilton Camp, 10/30/1934 – 10/02/2005

Hamilton Camp died suddenly on October 2, 2005. He is survived by 6
children and 13 grandchildren.

Hamilton Camp was an actor, a singer, and a songwriter. His acting
career started at age 12 in 1946; his music career began in 1960,
when he and Bob Gibson made their mark on folk music.

In the spring of 2004, he appeared as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at A Noise Within in Los Angeles. F.
Kathleen Foley, writing for the LA Times, said this of his

“Hamilton Camp, who plays the buffoonish courtier, Sir Andrew
Aguecheek, is bar none the funniest character in the show. A master
of the discreet double take, Camp is outrageously silly but never
cheap, always keeping his wackiness well within the confines of
Taborl’s realistic construct.” – LA Times, March 26, 2004

In July of that year, Hamilton appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
at the Hollywood Bowl, and reprised his role as Snug The Joiner in
the production at A Noise Within in Los Angeles during the Fall.
During the summers of 2004 and 2005 he coached theater games in Door
County, Wisconsin.

In January, 2005, he traveled to the Washington, DC area for
appearances at the World Folk Music Association annual benefit
concerts (January 14 & 15), and a concert at Jammin’ Java on the
16th. Read my informal report on the weekend here.

He finished work on the movie Hard Four (watch the trailer) in the
spring of 2005, and just completed a new original album scheduled
for release later this year.

With consummate skill, wit and and abundance of talent, he bridged
these two disciplines throughout his life, and leaves a wonderful
legacy of music and films.

(Courtesy of

We Monkeemavens are well aware of Mr. Camp’s said legacy, as he is
remembered by us as Philo in Episode No. 31 of The Monkees TV
series, “The Monkees At The Movies” (prod. #4727, aired on NBC April
17, 1967).

To absent friends….


From: Hooloovoo

Micky’s new children’s book “Gakky Two-Feet” will be released May 18,
2005. There’s a link to pre-order the book at
He’s also got a fantastic new headshot which I think is one of his best in
recent years. And a few new tour dates as well.

Also the EP on called “Plastic Surgery” isn’t something of his.
He’s never heard of it and hasn’t recorded or released anything in long


Hooloovoo —
Eagles may soar, but weasels aren’t sucked into jet engines.


From: “Senorita Estrella”

Fans of New Forms Will Find Sanctuary in
Vox Lumiere: Hunchback at Philly’s Prince
Music Theater
By Kenneth Jones
05 Sep 2005

“Vox Lumiere: The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, a unique
multi-media theatre experience by the group whose
name translates as “Voice of Light,” opens the Prince
Music Theater’s 2005-06 season in Philadelphia Sept. 8-17.

This is the East Coast premiere of the group’s new
multi-media production, inspired by the silent Lon
Chaney motion picture version of the Victor Hugo

“Set against the backdrop of the great silent film
that made Lon Chaney a star, Vox Lumiere’s production
re-imagines the story with a new score and a wholly
modern company of 16 singers, dancers and musicians,”
according to production notes. “The multi-level staging
and evocative pop-rock score serve to deepen the
characters and intensify the film’s narrative impact.”

Vox Lumiere kicks off the “Prince’s New Visions” series,
and is presented as part of the Philadelphia Fringe
Festival. Critics have compared the troupe to Stomp
and Blue Man Group.

“In Vox Lumiere: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Wallace
Worsely’s 1923 classic silent film unfolds on three
screens, while below, the singers and a band perform
a new rock opera created to complement and heighten
the drama of the film,” according to the creators.

Music and lyrics are by Academy Award-nominated composer,
songwriter and conductor Kevin Saunders Hayes (“Mighty
Times – The Legacy of Rosa Parks”) with direction by
Gabriel Previtera.

The cast includes guitarist, songwriter and producer
Christian Nesmith (son of the Monkees’ Michael Nesmith),
Melissa Fahn (original Broadway cast of Wicked), Suzi
Carr George (lead roles in the original L.A. companies
of Beauty and the Beast and Cats) and Kyle Lowder (“Days
of Our Lives”).

For the rest of the article, go here:


From: “Joe Cooper”

I was searching the web and came across a positive review of nez and his
early work. You can read it at



From: Joe

I just saw Davy at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs. (6:30 show)
He sounded great, did his charming/corny jokes on stage, excellent time,
but I have a question.
I’ve seen the Monkees 5 times since 86 or 87… whenever it was when
Monkeesmania came back…. Anyway, I’ve seen plenty of other concerts in my
day, and was wondering, does Davy normally only do a one hour set?
Not only that but he opened and closed with the same song. (I’m a Believer)
Everything else was great, as I said… I’ve even seen him with Bobby
Sherman and Peter Noone a few years ago, and I’m sure he did an hour then..
but that’s understandable when there are two other acts.
Davy did do a cover of Freddy Fender’s, Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and
that was fun to hear.
I was surprised not to hear I Wanna Be Free, and would have loved to hear
Cuddly Toy, and I don’t know if he does “Manchester Boy” but I have to
admit, that one pulls at my heartstrings.
Ok, that’s all… not a complaint, just expected and hour and a half.
Is an hour typical for Jonesy?

(ed: Short shows are often requested by casinos)

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