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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


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=AD

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 sa=

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

“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 boo=

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

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=


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 behin=
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 J=
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 sh=
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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