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From: Stuart Shea

Hey, folks. I interviewed Micky Dolenz for the Chicago Tribune
recently, and the article was posted yesterday. Here’s a link to the
edited version. If anyone’s interested in the real thing, I’ll
probably be posting it on my blog soon (


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Date: Sun, 07 Aug 2005 12:53:04 -0700
From: Brad Waddell
Subject: Peter Shows – Monkees in Goldmine – Monkees Fan Night

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From: Danny Solazzi

The Characters will be performing a special “Monkees Night” at The Firehouse Pub in Rahway New Jersey on Friday Sept.16th at 10 pm.

The event is free and you can have dinner there too!

You may remember The Characters playing at many Monkees conventions all over the country. (New Jersey, California, Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, Tucson).

In conjunction with this special show, The Characters will be releasing a new album called “The Early Characters” which will consist of the 1987 unreleased album recorded in Hawaii with The Monkees’ producer Chip Douglas plus bonus tracks from various early recording sessions.

To read an exclusive Chip Douglas interview and preview songs from The Early Characters see:

For more information email

Hope to see you there!
The Characters



According the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
website: as one of the guests, Peter is
scheduled to talk on a radio station on
Monday morning (August 8th) to promote
the upcoming Kenosha benefit concert.

The radio station is WGTD 91.1 FM
(which is owned and operated by
Gateway Technical College) and
the daily morning show airs from
8:10 a.m. to 9 a.m. local time.


From: James Lee Stanley

Hey kids,
It’s been a while since you heard from me and there’s big doings. First of all, all the music from all my albums is now available for digital download from all the the services (itunes, rhapsody, etc) so anyone who was looking for that one tune, can get it now.
Secondly, I’ve been producing Hamilton Camp here at Beachwood and the CD is coming out fantastic. For those of you who don’t know, Hamilton Camp was Bob Gibson’s partner in the early sixties and they’re Live at the Gate of Horn is a classic album from the folk era. We are doing a beautiful recording that I know you all will enjoy.
And I’ve got some solo dates coming up as well as some regular Los Angeles dates with my partner on the All Wood and Stones CD, John Batdorf. Here are the details:

With John Batdorf doing the All Wood and Stones CD
Every Thursday in Jul and Aug, Kulak’s Woodshed, Sherman Oaks, CA 818 766 9913
Every Sunday in Jul and Aug, Kava Dume (Virtual World Caf�), Agoura Hills, CA 818 865 8602

Solo Dates:
Jul 29, 8 pm Towne Crier, Pawling, NY 845 855 1300
Jul 31, 10 am, Connecticut Agricultural Fair,
Jul 31, 7 pm, Rose Garden Restaurant, Upton, MA 508 529 7776

Hope to see you and play for you somewhere down the line.

James Lee

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From: Andrew Sandoval

andrew will be interviewed about his monkees book on the following
radio shows/stations in the coming days. tune in if they are in your

july 20 on KOLE’s “morning blend” with host dominick brascia from
6:10 – 6:35 am PST.

july 21 on KXEL’s “on the air with mike bunge” live at 5 pm central.

july 22 on WMQX Oldies 93 (this taped interview will not be brodcast
live, sorry we don’t know what time).

july 23 on fm 107’s The Jill Spiegel Show–Laugh, Learn and Love Your
Life from 8pm-10pmCST.

august 9th on KMSD at 9:20 am CT/7:20 am PT

august 21st on KTRS, St. Louis’ “The David Strauss Show” at 7:10pm
CT/5:10 pm PT.

august 23rd on WREL Radio at 11:05 am ET/8:05 am PT

august 31st on WKCT Radio’s “drive time” at 2:44 PM PST.



According to, there
are new concert dates which will have
Peter performing with Jeff. Also, there
is a benefit concert in Wisconsin by Peter.


Saturday, August 13: Kenosha, Wisconsin
*Limited Tickets!!* Benefit Concert
The Rhode Opera House – doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Proceeds go to the Rhode Center for the Arts
The South Side Johnny Band opens for Peter
Kenosha, Wisconsin
(262) 657-7529



Sunday, July 17: Woodstock, New York
Acoustic set at The Colony Cafe
(845) 679-5342

Saturday, August 6: Brockton, Massachusetts
Mayor Jack Yunits’ Family Day Party
Free Family Festival with food, games, and
bands like Jeff Pitchell with guest performer
Peter Tork and more! At D.W. Fields Park.
Event Hotline: (508) 580-7111

Saturday, August 20: Marshfield, Massachusetts
The Bridgwaye Inn and Marina
1265 Ferry Street
(781) 834-6505


From: Jim Kraizel

I just wanted to let everyone know that the current issue of Goldmine magazine, dated July 22, has The Monkees as their cover story. Micky is featured on the cover and there is an article about the Monkees with interview quotes from Micky throughout. The magazine also contains reviews of the new Andrew Sandoval book and the new Michael Nesmith biography, along with an extensive US discography (with values.)

For those not familiar with the publication, Goldmine is an oversized newspaper publication, and is available at many larger CD and book stores.

Jim Kraizel

ed: It also includes a great review of the new Michael Nesmith biography!

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Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2005 03:44:12 -0700
From: Brad Waddell
Subject: Peter on Radio – Micky on Canvas

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From: Monkees-Update

(from the Shoopies list)
Peter will be stopping by several radio stations in
North Carolina to promote Shoe Suede Blues.

Sunday, August 28 – 7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. Eastern
Charlotte, North Carolina
WRFX Smokin’ Blues Show
Peter will talk about Shoe Suede Blues and
tracks from “Saved By The Blues” will be played.

Tuesday, August 30 – 9:00a.m. Eastern
Charlotte, North Carolina
WBT’s Keith Larson Show
Peter will talk about SSB, blues music,
and perform an acoustic set.

Wensday, August 31st
Spindale, North Carolina
WNCW Blues Show
Peter and Shoe Suede Blues to perform
and talk about blues music.


From: “Janice A. Jennings”

Aida’s Dolenz to Be Featured in “Flights of Fancy” Exhibit

By Andrew Gans
24 Aug 2005

Micky Dolenz

The artwork of Micky Dolenz, who played Zoser in the final cast of Broadway’s Aida, will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Long Island Museum of Science and Technology.

Entitled “Flights of Fancy,” the exhibition will feature the works of Dolenz as well as Muhammad Ali, Ultra Violet, Blair Underwood and Candice Bergen. Baird Jones will be the curator of the exhibit, which runs Aug. 27-Sept. 18.

Micky Dolenz was one of the stars of the sixties TV show “The Monkees,” about a rock-and-roll band. The group sold over 65 million records, and their albums included “The Monkees,” “More of the Monkees,” “Headquarters” and “Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.” Dolenz also starred in the West End musical The Point and later became a producer-director for the BBC and London Weekend Television. In 1996 the Monkees reunited for a 30 year summer tour around the U.S., and Dolenz also directed the hit TV show “Boy Meets World.” His other theatre credits include Grease, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Tom Sawyer.

The Long Island Museum of Science and Technology is located in Garden City, NY at 1 Davis Avenue on the second floor. Call (516) 572-4058 for more information.


From: Melinda Bruno

Andrew Sandoval’s new book, which I’m enjoying, is highlighted in two
British magazines this month.

The August 2005 issue of MOJO has a great review.

The August 2005 (“US Sixties”) issue of “Record Collector” has an
excerpt. There’s also an article on Bobby Goldsboro. I kid you not.

–The Funky Cold Meldina
“See the tree, how big it’s grown…”


From: andrew sandoval

Monkee News – Monkees Make A Billion

World’s largest library database reaches billionth milestone

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 12 August 2005�

WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials, now contains information about where to find 1 billion books, journals, theses and dissertations, musical scores, computer files, CDs, DVDs and other items in thousands of libraries worldwide.At 2:21:34 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, Aug. 11, Anne Slane, a cataloger at Worthington (Ohio) Libraries for 23 years, entered the 1 billionth holding in WorldCat for the book, The Monkees: The day-by-day story of the ’60s TV pop sensation. By entering this holding information to the WorldCat database, Worthington Libraries shows that it owns the book so that librarians, researchers, students and other interested readers worldwide know where to find what they’re looking for in a library.

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From: Sergio

Fiddler virtuoso Clements dead at 77

Tuesday, August 16, 2005; Posted: 3:10 p.m. EDT (19:10 GMT)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Vassar Clements, a fiddle virtuoso and A-list studio musician who played with Paul McCartney and an array of others, died at his home Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer, his daughter said.

Clements, 77, was hospitalized for 18 days earlier this year, receiving chemotherapy and other treatment.

“He had no quality of life since he’d been diagnosed,” said daughter Midge Cranor, who added that the cancer had spread to his liver and brain.

Clements’ last performance was February 4 in Jamestown, New York, Cranor said.

His work bridged a variety of styles, including country, jazz, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll and classical.

“When the rhythm is good, I can play it,” he told The Associated Press in a 1988 interview .

During his career, he recorded on more than 2,000 albums, joining artists as varied as McCartney, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Hank Williams Jr., the Byrds, Woody Herman and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Clements, a Kinard, South Carolina, native who grew up in Kissimmee, Florida, also recorded more than two dozen albums of his own.

The 2005 Grammy for best country instrumental performance went to “Earl’s Breakdown,” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band featuring Clements, Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs and Jerry Douglas.

He even once recorded with the Monkees — by happenstance. He was working on a recording session when someone asked him if he wanted to stay and play on another one.

“I didn’t know until later it was the Monkees,” he said.

Clements, who appeared in Robert Altman’s 1975 film “Nashville,” taught himself to play at age 7 and had no formal training. The first song he learned was “There’s an Old Spinning Wheel in the Parlor.”

“It was God’s gift, something born in me,” he said about his talent. “I was too dumb to learn it any other way. I listened to the (Grand Ole) Opry some. I’d pick it up one note at a time. I was young, with plenty of time and I didn’t give up. You’d come home from school, do your lessons and that’s it. No other distractions.

“I don’t read music. I play what I hear.”

He was employed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a year in the mid-1960s, working on plumbing. At various times, he also worked in a Georgia paper mill, was a switchman for Atlantic Coast Railroad, sold insurance and had a potato chip franchise.

But music was always part of his life.

“I’d always play. Square dances, anything,” he said.


From: Christine Schraml

Hi- As always, THANK YOU for the fabulous updates!

This article mentioning The Monkees appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune this weekend, I thought members might enjoy this humorous look at how the number one song at the time you were born affects your life.

Your songs may tell all about who you are
Bill Hutchens, Tacoma News Tribune

TACOMA, Wash. — There’s a new pickup line brewing for the new millennium:

“Hey, baby, what’s your song?”

Ian Van Tuyl, author of the book “Popstrology” and father of what he calls “the art and science of reading the pop stars,” thinks there’s a universe of meaning behind three decades of hit songs.

“Popstrology” is a painstakingly organized handbook for using pop music charts (or, more specifically, No. 1 songs) to discover how those songs might have influenced you in your formative years — and might still be influencing you today.

Van Tuyl’s music commentary could help “reveal your personality traits, guide your relationships and discover your true destiny,” according to the “Popstrology” jacket.

“For me, discovering the fact that I was born when the Monkees were No. 1 was the epiphany that led to ‘Popstrology,’ ” Van Tuyl said in a phone interview.

“I never really found the right belief system I could get behind. Religion never really stuck with me,” he said. But after that discovery, “things started falling into place.”

He drew an equation in his mind. He had a lifelong yearning to be taken seriously and a failure to do, he said. That seemed a lot like the plight of the Monkees, a popular 1960s band whose members, in the shadow of the Beatles, often didn’t play their own instruments.

“I thought maybe the pop stars have some power beyond just making you want to dance or [have sex] or cry,” Van Tuyl said.

‘I’m a Believer’

A longtime music collector (it all started with a flimsy Jackson 5 promo record he pulled out of a box of Honeycombs cereal), Van Tuyl set out to chart the popstrological universe and its many constellations of interrelated songs, artists and themes.

He now realizes he is a Double Monkee, born Jan. 24, 1967, under the No. 1 song “I’m a Believer” in what he calls “The Year of the Monkees” in his book.

The Monkees, by the way, are part of the constellation “Artificial Ingredients,” a spot shared with groups such as Milli Vanilli, the Archies and the Partridge Family.

Van Tuyl uses 33 and a third years of rock history to illustrate the music “coming in with a bang,” by way of Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” in April 1956, and “going out with a whimper” with Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting for You” in August 1989. And then there’s the fact that 33 and a third just happens to be the play speed, in revolutions per minute, of a standard 12-inch record.

Popstrological readings are simpler than, say, tarot or numerology. Van Tuyl’s pages — nearly 400 of them — swiftly guide newcomers from their birth year to their birth song and then to what might or might not be revelatory commentary. From there, head to Van Tuyl’s constellation index to find associated influences.

Don’t get too hung up on a song name or an artist’s reputation. Discovering meaning behind a birth song might require readers to focus on Van Tuyl’s descriptions of the cultural climate during a song’s chart-topping days.

Of course, if something doesn’t quite fit, you have to realize that you might be in opposition to your birth song, Van Tuyl said.

His wife, for instance, is a sociologist who has studied “hard-core urban problems. She’s an “Oppositional Monkee,” he said.

Some music buffs take “Popstrology” in different doses.

Martin Krussel, owner of Rocket Records on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma, flipped through the pages of “Popstrology” last week, looking for any hint of deeper meaning to the fact that the Beatles’ song “Yesterday” was No. 1 on his birthday, Oct. 6, 1965.

He said he wasn’t a Beatles fan growing up. But “Popstrology” isn’t necessarily about whether or not you like your birth song.

Van Tuyl ends his Beatles entry with:

“And while a passionate commitment to work may take you far, child of the Beatles, take care to tame your go-it-alone instincts, for the greatness of what you achieve in groups may outweigh the personal fulfillment you derive from what you do on your own.”

Might Van Tuyl’s words apply to Krussel, a lone-wolf record-store owner?

“It’s like Ace Frehley used to tell Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley [of Kiss] when they were getting all into the marketing,” Krussel said: ” ‘Hey, guys. It’s just rock ‘n’ roll. Don’t take it too seriously.’ “

An A-Ha moment

Then, in a twist some might call cosmic, Krussel happened to notice among the other “B” listings, the Beach Boys song “I Get Around” — and one of its more infamous children.

“Whoa. Courtney Love is ‘I Get Around’?” Krussel said. “That makes sense. Some of this really fits.”

Talking about putting together his book, Van Tuyl said that same connection was “one of those ‘Aha! moments’ ” for him.

Not A-Ha, the ’80s synth-pop group. Aha, as in “Aha! I’m really onto something.”

Other “Aha!” moments:

Kurt Cobain’s birth song, “Kind of a Drag,” by the Buckinghams.

Jennifer Lopez’s birth song, “Close to You,” by the Carpenters. (It speaks to being adored like a goddess, Van Tuyl said.)

Johnny Knoxville’s song, “One Bad Apple,” by the Osmonds.

Britney Spears’ birth song, “Physical,” by Olivia Newton-John.

Spears’ song is interesting, Van Tuyl said, because for Newton-John it marked a move from innocent Aussie to rolling around on the floor half naked — on TV in a newfangled music video.

It’s a transition from sweet to sensual that exemplifies Spears. The Bush twins also are Olivia Newton-Johns, according to “Popstrology.”

But “Popstrology” isn’t just about how the stars affect other stars. It’s for the common man.

At least one common man hates it.

“It’s just a colossal waste of energy and time,” said Charlie Rice, owner of the Drastic Plastic record store in Tacoma. He didn’t even want to look up his birth song. “As if astrology wasn’t bad enough.”

But as skeptical as Rice is about the concept of “Popstrology,” he’s not completely turned off by the 33-and-a-third-year rock ‘n’ roll window.

Learning that Van Tuyl’s cutoff was Richard Marx’s August 1989 hit “Right Here Waiting for You,” Rice said “So rock ‘n’ roll died in 1989? He may have something there.”

Back in Manhattan, Van Tuyl is hesitant to widen the window. But he’s given thought to popstrological readings for his 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. His daughter’s birth song is “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child.

“I see that in my daughter,” he said. And his son, “often wearing Band-Aids and running around shirtless,” is an obvious Nelly child.

“I don’t claim to have all the answers,” Van Tuyl said. “I just ask that you go into this with an open mind.”


From: robbie white

The new Goldmine Record Collecting Magazine (issue 652) has Micky on the cover and features a lengthy Monkees article. There is also a review of Randi’s Nez book (which has been totally updated, according to the positive review).

Robbie White


From: Bobbi Semans


I had the chance to see Micky Dolenz perform at the Santa Cruz Beach
Boardwalk last night, Aug 12. He did 2 shows, each about 1 hour. He looked
good and sounded great. The shows were well attended and fun. Admission to
the Boardwalk is always free, and this concert (one of the Pepsi Friday
Night Concert Series) was also free.

The stage was set-up on the beach, facing the boardwalk, with the bay behind
the stage. Looking out from the stage, the band could see the rides and
attractions, each show Micky made a comment about the beach, the water, and
the rides that would make me vomit!

He sang the songs everyone wanted, and expected, to hear including Last
Train to Clarksville, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Steppin� Stone and I’m a
Believer (including mentioning to any kids in the audience who might
recognize the song that he sang it before Shrek did.) He also sang The
Girl I Knew Somewhere, Daydream Believer, A Little Bit Me/A Little Bit
You, Too Much Monkey Business, and Since I Fell for You each show. The
two shows varied some. During the second show they played the Beatles’ Good
Morning after he talked about attending a Beatles’ recording session and
hearing the recording that they were working on.

Micky�s sister Coco was on stage with him also; she�s from nearby San Jose.
She performed Different Drum and Runaway besides singing Boogie-Woogie
Bugle Boy with Micky.

A lot of his stories, lines and jokes were the ones he used when he was on
tour with Davy and Peter in 2000/2001 but he knew it, especially by the 2nd
show when he asked if people would laugh again even if they saw the first

I was kindof surprised that he made no mention during the shows about
performing in Aida (traveling show or Broadway) or about doing the radio
show. Really no mention of any recent things. Maybe that�s because the shows
were short and things needed to keep going without a lot of talk inbetween.
And he was there to perform and entertain for a fun Friday night on the

Micky did have CDs (including his newest Live CD) and photos on sale
between the shows. There was a CD of Coco�s also. Micky autographed items
after the 2nd show. Altogether it was a great evening!

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Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2005 16:16:08 -0800
From: Brad Waddell
Subject: A Ray of Hope

Welcome to the Monkees.Net Alert Newsletter!

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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

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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 email

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 Magazine.

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 simultaneously.

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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Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 04:39:55 -0800
From: Brad Waddell
Subject: Happy Birthday Half of The Monkees!

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The updated 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!


December 30:

Today’s birthdays: Singer Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 63. Singer Davy Jones of the Monkees is 60.


Click on the following link to listen to Holiday Greetings from Nez.

Happy Holidays to you from all of us at Videoranch!



In our recently published online poll of our readers’ ALL-TIME TOP 20 PSYCHEDELIC SONGS, THE MONKEES were nominated FIVE times!!! Although none of their tracks made the final countdown, votes were cast for ZILCH, FOR PETE’S SAKE, WORDS, PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY and DAILY NIGHTLY. DAILY NIGHTLY WAS featured as a bonus track during the month-long series. (I’m sure you all recall the ultra-cool black and white MONKEES’ video for DAILY NIGHTLY that ended a couple of episodes of the series … MICKY DOLENZ, seated at one of the very first Moog Synthesizers ever made, looks at the camera as the very last note resonates and says, “Psychedelic!”)

In related MONKEES news, FORGOTTEN HITS will be running an exclusive interview with RON DANTE next month in which he discusses auditioning for THE MONKEES and working with DON KIRSHNER on THE ARCHIES project. Many of your readers contacted us a year ago when we ran our lengthy TOMMY BOYCE AND BOBBY HART series … and have remained loyal FORGOTTEN HITS readers. Here’s another chance for some of you faithful ’60’s music fans to see what we’re all about. If you’re interested in receiving a copy of the RON DANTE series, please contact: no later than January 23, 2006!!!


From: Andrew Sandoval

The UK CD EP recently advertised as Micky Dolenz “Plastic Surgery” is in fact
called “Plastic Symphony” and features the four tracks issued by the
Challenge label in 1967. Of the four selections, the two non-Dolenz instrumental
tracks sound like they are dubbed from discs, but “Huff Puff” and “Don’t Do It”
appear in very good fidelity – this marks their first official appearance on CD.
The liner notes are lame (come on, “Mickey,” if you can’t spell his name right
on his own CD…), but it’s cheaper than buying the Challenge originals on


From: Melhi

I’m sad to report that world reknowned banjo player, Bobby Thompson, who is
best known by Monkees fans for his work on Nez’ infamous Monkees Nashville
Sessions, (and perhaps also for his later membership in the bands Area Code
615 and Barefoot Jerry,) passed away this last May.

You can find out more about Bobby’s incredible career on his website:



From: Hooloovoo

This was a snipped in this morning’s Detroit News:

A documentary focusing on the life and career of late singer-songwriter
Harry Nilsson sometime next year, Reuters reports. “Who is Harry Nilsson
(And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)” will include appearances by
Yoko Ono, Randy Newman, Micky Dolenz, Eric Idle, the Smothers Brothers,
Brian Wilson and Robin Williams. There also will be excerpts from
Nilsson’s recently discovered oral autobiography. Nilsson is probably
best-known for “Everybody’s Talkin’,” the song from “Midnight Cowboy.”

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


From: “bobirene13”

Taken from

The New Year will find (Andrew)Sandoval revisiting the Monkees
catalogue for a series of double-disc mono/stereo releases; he’ll also
helm a second seven-disc Everly Brothers box. Palao, meanwhile, is
currently digging through an archive of garage-rock recorded by Norman
Petty in the same Clovis, New Mexico, studio where Buddy Holly helped
invent rock ‘n’ roll. Now it’s time to help document and reinvent it.

Double disc sets! Let’s hope they cram a lot of stuff on both discs!

Bob T

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