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From: “fichteradio”

Micky Dolenz will headline the Fabulous Fifties Salute to the 60’s Weekend=

at the Wildwoods Convention Center April 29 along with Peter Noone and
Hermits Hermits, The Grass Roots, The Crystals, The Rip Chords, and 1910
Fruitgum Company. Tickets available at 609-729-4000 (Greater Wildood
Chamber of Commerce) or

On Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m., Peter Tork will appear outside Cool Scoops
Ice Cream Parlor for a ceremony renaming a stretch of 12th Avenue to
Monkees Way in North Wildwood. The Monkeemobile will be there along with
The Missing Links.

Micky will not be there. He is flying out after the Saturday night show. I=

am a reporter with the Cape May County Herald and lifelong Monkees fan and=

was fortunate enough to get phone interviews with Peter and Micky. After
April 19, we will post them as an audio podcast.

Jack Fichter


From: “cstarr115”

On April 29, 2006 the Greater Wildwood NJ Chamber of Commerce presents
“The Fabulous ’50s Salutes the ’60s” concert starring Mickey Dolenz, Peter=

Noone and Herman’s Hermits, The Grass Roots, The Shangra-Las and The Rip

For more info visit or call toll free 1-888-729-0033


Treasure Coast school news

Palm Beach Post Staff Reports

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Meet a Monkee: Davy Jones of Monkees fame will join in a Groovy Evening in=

Paradise at 6 p.m. Friday at the Stuart Recreation Center, 201 S. W.
Flagler Ave. Tickets are $75. Proceeds benefit scholarships, classroom
grants and education enrichment activities for students in Indiantown. For=

information, call (772) 219-1200 Ext. 30412.


From: “steveoeoeoe”


i present a show on london radio station LBC 97.3fm. We have been in
negotiations to interview Peter Tork.

i think he may be coming on today Friday 7th April at 4.15 GMT –
were not totally sure as we dont understand his email.

If its not today, it will be soon.

You can listen online at – go to 97.3 and listen live

if you miss it (it is pretty short notice) you can subscribe to the
premium podcast service and download the show from there.

Failing that, i will try and get a recording of the show on my

aaaargh. im well excited.

were also trying to get Nesmith soon as well



From: Laura

Just type in the name of just about any band or artist and see what
happens. It’s so awesome!! I typed in Davy Jones and got a video of him
on the Ed Sullivan with the Broadway cast of Oliver when he was a
teenager. BTW – that was the same show on which the Beatles debuted.

I especially like the Three Dog Night and Young Rascals videos. There are=

a few gems of the Beatles, too.



From: Melhi

Note: For fans wondering whether they’ll be able to tune this in,
locally, WBWC 88.3 FM is located in the Cleveland, Ohio listening area.
Fans outside that area can listen in via the web. (See Russ’ announcement,
below) Mark your calendars for June 8th!

On June 8th, you just go to the front page of the website and
click on “Listen Now.” (It’s the very first link in the left hand column.)
Then, you can listen in to the live Monkeethon broadcast.

From: “Russ Lindway”

To all Monkee fans:


Thursday, June 8th — WBWC 88.3 FM, “The Sting” will air the “40th
Anniversary Monkeethon,” a live Monkees radio marathon that will also be
webcast globally at

It’s official: The Monkeethon will now run 24 HOURS — 7:00AM Eastern
Daylight Time on Thursday, June 8th through the 6:00AM hour EDT on Friday,
June 9th! Heres what you can expect to be a part of when you listen
throughout the day:

*40 years’ worth of great, timeless group and solo music from The Monkees,
including rarities, non-album tracks, studio outtakes and covers

*An exclusive interview with Monkees expert and author, Andrew Sandoval

*Archive interviews with the Monkees, Bobby Hart and Don Kirshner (1966
through 2005)

give away a copy of Andrew Sandoval’s book, The Monkees, an exhaustive,
year-by-year, day-by-day diary of Monkeemania from the beginning until the
bands 1970 breakup. (Thanks to the folks at Thunder Bay Books.) We’ll
give away Monkees CDs and DVDs during select hours. (Thanks to the folks
at Rhino.) And, during one incredible hour, we’ll give away the Grand
Prize: an exclusive second-edition boxed copy of Michael Nesmiths brand
new album, RAYS & with a certificate of authenticity signed by Nez!

Phone in your Monkee song requests during the show at 440.826.STING (7846).
E-mail your Monkee requests and comments during the show or RIGHT NOW at

Here’s an hour-by-hour breakdown of what you’ll be hearing during the
24-hour 40TH ANNIVERSARY MONKEETHON (times are EDT):

7:00-8:00AM: Eclectic

8:00-9:00AM: Peter Tork group and solo music feature

9:00-10:00AM: Eclectic & including a Neil Diamond “Writer’s Block”

10:00-11:00AM: Headquarters album feature

11:00AM-12:00PM: Eclectic & including Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart “Writer’s
Block” #1

12:00-1:00PM: Micky Dolenz group and solo music feature

1:00-2:00PM: “Time Tunnel” concert feature & including live
Monkees performances from 1967 and 2001

2:00-3:00PM: Michael Nesmith feature & his Monkees music

3:00-4:00PM: Eclectic & include a Carole King and Gerry Goffin
“Writer’s Block”

4:00-5:00PM: Davy Jones group and solo music feature

5:00-7:00PM: The Monkees Top 21: a countdown of The Monkees 21
charted hit singles as a group

7:00-8:00PM: Eclectic & including a Michael Nesmith “Writer’s

8:00-9:00PM: Michael Nesmith feature & his post-Monkees music
9:00-10:00PM: Eclectic & including Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
“Writer’s Block” #2

10:00-11:00PM: Cover songs #1: Monkees song performed by other arti=

11:00PM-12:00AM: Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. album feature

12:00-1:00AM: Monkees music from movies and TV specials

1:00-2:00AM: Eclectic & including a Harry Nilsson “Writer’s Bloc=

2:00-3:00AM: Eclectic & including Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
“Writer’s Block” #3

3:00-4:00AM: Cover songs #2: Monkees song performed by other

4:00-6:00AM: Eclectic

6:00AM hour: Bye-bye & bye-bye & bye-bye & bye-bye & bye-bye &

Spread the word to believers and non-believers alike! THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY
MONKEETHON & 24 hours of musical Monkeemania, Thursday, June 8th beginning
at 7:00AM Eastern Daylight Time. Listen locally on 88.3 FM, The Sting, or
on the worldwide web at!

Until then & we’d like a glass of cold gravy with a hair in it, please.

Russ Lindway & John Basalla, co-hosts (

Part of the 25th anniversary of the WBWC Summer Marathon Series!


From: “Robbie White”

Hey, Hey, It’s Michael Nesmith

By Jason Silverman
02:00 AM Apr, 13, 2006

You remember Michael Nesmith. He’s the Monkee in the wool cap.

But Nesmith is more than a pop-culture icon. He’s built impeccable
credentials as a media visionary. In the 1980s, Nesmith invented MTV, helpe=

pioneer the home-video revolution, won a Grammy for his music video Elephan=

Parts and produced the cult films Repo Man and Tapeheads.

Throughout the 1990s he gathered deep thinkers at his Santa Fe, New Mexico,
ranch to participate in his solutions-oriented conference, Council on Ideas=

And in 1998, Nesmith published his acclaimed novel The Long Sandy Hair of
Neftoon Zamora on the web.

Now, it’s back to songwriting. After a five-year hiatus, Nesmith, who
Rolling Stone said writes “the greatest music never heard,” has released
Rays, an atmospheric, eclectic CD. He spoke with Wired News from his studio
in Monterey, California.

Wired News: The release strategy for Rays seems inverted — first on iTunes
and later in the big-box stores.

Michael Nesmith: Ten or 15 years ago, I got hip to the net and thought it
could be a great one-to-one way to sell things. I wrote Neftoon Zamora as a
hypertext novel. Back then, the only browser was Mosaic.

From there, everything began to line up…. Online delivery started up. MP=
scared me for a while, because I believe in intellectual property rights.
But when iTunes and Rhapsody arrived, transaction bases with users paying
for stuff, it made sense to reverse the distribution sequence.

So instead of going after radio airplay and trying getting into the big
boxes and then, maybe, giving the crumbs to the downloaders, I thought, I’l=

go with the downloaders first…. It wasn’t some visionary hit. I was just
swept along in the current of events.

WN: How different would your career have looked if MySpace had been around
in the ’60s?

Nesmith: When I struck out on my own, my idea was to break a chain … (of)
doing the same thing that my family had done and ending up in a business I
didn’t want to be in. If opportunities like MySpace had been available then=

I would have jumped that way. But as it worked out … I went the
television avenue.

WN: Do all of these digital opportunities change the nature of music?

Nesmith: Yeah, they do. They significantly change it. You have to think in
different ways about what a song is.

When the carrier is a 45, one of those big-hole vinyl LPs, you can only get
so much data on there, maybe 10 minutes. Radio airplay constrains it even
further. So you ended up in the ’50s and ’60s with singles that were
two-and-a-half or three minutes long. And you have these very simplified
musical elements, just simple 1-4-5 turnarounds and other real easy-to-do

When you get into these big sampler engines and computer-based sequencing,
the world opens up to you…. You can explore deep musical ideas and play
with theory in ways you weren’t able to before.

Forty years ago, maybe you played the piano, maybe you played the guitar. O=

you wrote sheet music. But at the end of the day, if you came up with
something, you couldn’t render it beyond what you and a few friends could
play. Now you can render something the size of a mountain, with hundreds of
instruments and all sorts of explorations of harmonies and tonal centers an=

odd improvisations.

WN: Do you get lost in the possibilities? It’s not like going into the
studio with a couple of guys and banging out some songs.

Nesmith: That’s an early discipline any artist learns. You don’t get taken
with the colors of paints that you’ve got. You’ve got to narrow it down.
It’s great to have all the possibilities, but it all starts with an idea.

To sit there and hope something will happen is like dumping 400 gallons of
paint on the floor and hoping a picture is going to emerge. It doesn’t work
that way.

WN: You helped popularize music videos. I don’t suppose you’ll be doing a
new one in support of Rays?

Nesmith: No. Haven’t planned it. I did music videos in the ’70s and that wa=

fun because it was the launch of the basis of it and I was discovering some
really interesting principles that govern the form. But after that I lost
interest. MTV took off and it became this maze, this massive amount of
information. I don’t want to contribute any more to that.

WN: Now that indie musicians and filmmakers are selling direct to their fan=

— sometimes hundreds of thousands of units — what role can the corporate
media play?

Nesmith: I don’t hold much hope for Warner Music Group or Sony being a
player in the future…. The problem with those kind of companies is that
don’t have any good way to add value anymore.

For years, they’d support the artist in their nascent stages and get the
goods to market. Those are old-time, Methuselean economics…. There are
new businesses that will wander in and boot these guys out.

WN: So we can write the obituaries?

Nesmith: Those obituaries were written two decades ago. What you are seeing
here is an inertial burn (laughs).

WN: So what happens to the consumer?

Nesmith: Well, its all to the good, I think…. It’s a new personal freedom=

new individualism. The individuals who come up with ideas can make perfectl=

good or even spectacular lives for themselves with just their own little
shop. I’m certainly one of those guys. And there is a lot faster traffic
than me out there.

Has anybody ever put together a word that means producer and consumer at th=
same time? That’s what’s going to happen. We’ll be both. We’ll have the
means of production and consumption under our own control. I can’t imagine
that being anything but good.


From: “robynapelt20002001”

just got from that mickys photo is in people
magazine in the usa now.

For all of you American Idol/Micky fans, this is in this week’s People
magazine, page 22: “…Hey, hey, it’s a Monkee–in the audience! ‘My
favorites tonight were Chris and Katharine,’ says Monkees’ drummer, Micky
Dolenz, who also compared his old group to the show. ‘They’re both
phenomenons,’ he says. ‘But this is about talent.’ And the Monkees weren’t?=

‘Ha! That is up to you’.”


from: scotto

you are probably aware that michael nesmith has released “rays” via itunes
and rhapsody. what you may not know is that rhapsody has a “stream 25
free songs per month” policy, requiring no more than the installation of a
plug-in; no registration, no payment, just get the plug-in and play the
music. a huge chunk of mike’s back catalog is in there, and his current
album “rays” is available here:


From: tntgibson

On May 23, a new album of Neil Diamond covers called “Forever Neil Diamond”=

will be released by Shout Factory. The first song on the disc is the
Monkees’ version of “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.” Curiously enough,=

neither the Monkees’ version of “I’m a Believer” or “Look Out” are
included. The Four Tops’ version of “I’m a Believer” is on this one. I
have pasted a track list below.
Teresa Gibson

The Monkees – “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You”
Bobby Womack – “Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)”
The Box Tops – “Ain’t No Way”
Urge Overkill – “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon”
Deep Purple – “Kentucky Woman”
Elvis Presley – “And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind”
Crooked Fingers – “Solitary Man”
Shane McGowan & The Popes – “Cracklin’ Rosie”
UB40 – “Red Red Wine”
Arthur Alexander – “Glory Road”
Four Tops – “I’m A Believer”
Lulu – “The Boat That I Row”
Jr. Walker & The All-Stars – “Holly Holy”
The Band with Neil Diamond – “Dry Your Eyes”


Article published Saturday, April 15, 2006

Man who copied music online barred from sites

BOWLING GREEN =AD A Perrysburg man who illegally copied recordings of the
1960s pop music group The Monkees and sold them on the Internet has been
ordered to have no contact with online auction sites.

Robert Russo, 42, pleaded guilty in February to a bill of information in
Wood County Common Pleas Court charging him with criminal simulation, a
fifth-degree felony.

At his sentencing this week, Judge Reeve Kelsey placed him on community
control sanctions for two years and ordered him to “not have any contact=

directly or indirectly with any online auction sites” and not conduct any=

Internet commerce.

Russo also was ordered to complete 300 hours of community service, pay a
$5,000 fine and court costs, and forfeit property seized by police.

In a search of Russo’s Portside Circle apartment, authorities seized
electronic audio copying equipment and about 1,000 compact discs.

He sold more than $8,900 worth of copied CDs by The Monkees between August,=

2000 and December, 2005, police said.

To purchase Monkees CD’s, Videos and Collectable rare items, visit

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