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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!


A super free weekend event will be held in North Wildwood New Jersey on
Sunday April 30th, 1pm, featuring Peter Tork, The Missing Links Monkees
Tribute Band, and The Original Monkeemobile in person! Plus memorabilia

See the flyer at this web page and tell your friends! Click on “Super 60’s=


Cool Scoops Ice Cream Parlor For Info call 609-729-2665


Doodles for dollars: Celebrities help Adult Day Center raise funds at event

Staff Writer

BRIDGEWATER — With hopes of raising funds to offset the costs of
constructing a new home, the Adult Day Center announced Tuesday its Doodle=

for Alzheimer’s fundraising event.

Auction items will include autographed doodles from celebrities such as
Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin, Regis Philbin, Mickey Dolenz, Hank Azaria and
Glenn Close as well as politicians and sports figures.


March 8: Actress Sue Ann Langdon is 70. Actress Lynn Redgrave is 63.
Musician-actor Micky Dolenz of the Monkees is 61. Singer Peggy March is 58.=

Singer Gary Numan is 48. Actor Aidan Quinn is 47. Country guitarist Jimmy
Dormire of Confederate Railroad is 46. Actress Camryn Mannheim (“The
Practice”) is 45. Singer Shawn Mullins is 38. Actress Andrea Parker (“The
Pretender”) is 37. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 30. Actor James Van Der Beek=

(“Dawson’s Creek”) is 29. Singer Kameelah Williams of 702 is 28. Singer Tom=

Chaplin of Keane is 27.


From: frev3

Jack Wild, who starred as the Artful Dodger in the
movie version of ‘Oliver!’ and the Saturday morning TV
series ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’, has died at the age of 53.
Here’s the link to the BBC Obit:


From: Scotto

Michael nesmith was one of many Very Smart People to be asked the
question, “what is your most dangerous idea?” by the edge foundation’s
world question center:



From: Ninetimesblues

February 13th was Peter Tork’s birthday. He was born in 1952 and
one of the least mentioned members of the Monkees, but a talented,
underrated, multi-instumentalist of three. He has turned 64 today. So,
where ever you Peter……We Love Ya!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!

Kev W of Mississippi


From: J.C. Huebl

I was checking out my Amazon wishlist, and not only does “Gakky Two
Feet” now have a cover pictured on Amazon, but ANOTHER book by Micky is
listed as coming soon:

Micky Dolenz’ Rock ‘n Rollin’ Trivia: Put Your Knowledge of Pop Music
Legend, Fact & Myth to the Test (Paperback)

I also just found this on Amazon by searching up Micky’s name — looks like
he’s keeping quite busy!

The Wine Lover’s Guide to Auctions: The Art & Science of Buying and
Selling Wines (Paperback)


Michael Nesmith has released Rays to most online music services such as
iTunes and Rhapsody, physical CD edition due next month.


“Well, you’ve done it again! “Rays” is amazing. Congratulations on
completing it and allowing us to share with you yet another incredible

“The vocals were outstanding, your voice is strong, expressive and your
pitch is right on like always. The title song Rays was worth the cost of
the entire CD.
Oh that’s such a good song in every sense of the word. I love the music and=

lyrics. They are all very beautiful songs. You did a wonderful job both
playing and mixing this all together.”

“Really enjoy this album. To me, it’s Nez’s equivalent to Brian Wilson’s=

SMILE! album.
Very original and incredibly interesting to listen too.”

USA – (11 January 2006)- Workhouse Publicity announced today that Grammy
Award winning artist Michael Nesmith has released his latest album “Rays=

exclusively through the iTunes=AE Music Store in the US. one month before
it’s available in stores. With Rays, Michael Nesmith releases 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. To download your copy today visit To=

receive a copy of “Rays” or to request an interview with Michael Nesmit=
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.

“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 havin=
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 ho=
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’v=
seen it I am aware that all the past works have happened the same way.” =

Michael Nesmith

iTunes: Pricing & Availability
iTunes 6 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Music Store and is
available as a free download immediately from
Purchase and download of songs from the iTunes Music Store for Mac or
Windows requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country=

of purchase. Television shows are available in the US only, and video
availability varies by country. Music videos and short films are $1.99 (US)=

each, and television shows are $1.99 (US) per episode.

With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrate=
Podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod
and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best=

way for Mac=AE and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download musi=
online. The iTunes Music Store features more than 1.5 million songs from
the major music companies and over 1,000 independent record labels, 10,000=

audiobooks, gift certificates and exclusive music not found anywhere else

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple=

II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its
award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and
iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital=

music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online
music store.

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 sa=
year, Nesmith formed The Second National Band Although he released only
one album, 1972’s Tantamount To Treason Volume One, he continued to refin=
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 Olde=
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 Wor=

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 membe=
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


From: Randi Waddell

The New Year will find 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.

Nilsson documentary due early next year

By Katie Hasty Fri Dec 16, 6:02 AM ET

NEW YORK (Billboard) – A documentary focusing on the life and career of
late singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson will be released next year.
“Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)” features
interviews with Yoko Ono, Randy Newman, Micky Dolenz, Eric Idle, the
Smothers Brothers, Brian Wilson and Robin Williams, as well as home
videos, portions of Nilsson’s recently discovered oral autobiography, and
more than 60 songs.

Set to premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 4, the film=

is directed by John Scheinfeld. His LSL Prods banner is in post-production=

on the documentary “U.S. vs. John Lennon,” also due in 2006. Details
regarding domestic distribution for “Nilsson” have yet to be nailed down.

Nilsson is perhaps best known for his 1969 hit “Everybody’s Talkin’,” which=

served as the theme song for the film “Midnight Cowboy.” He also wrote
Three Dog Night’s classic “One” and scored a No. 1 pop hit in 1971 with
“Without You,” written by Badfinger’s Pete Ham and Tom Evans.

But after years of hard partying in Los Angeles (including a famous
incident when he and John Lennon were ejected from a club for heckling the=

Smothers Brothers), Nilsson damaged his voice and was never subsequently
able to match his earlier achievements. He died of a heart attack in 1994,=

aged 52.



From: “Aaron Handy III”

This just in from The Big Cartoon Forum:

Ebullient Mexican-American comedic actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez,
who voiced several 1960s Speedy Gonzales cartoons from DePatie-
Freleng Enterprises, died February 6 at 80.

He died of natural causes at his Culver City, California home, his
grandson, actor Clifton Collins Jr., told the Los Angeles Times.
Funeral services were held Friday morning at Holy Cross Catholic
Cemetery in Culver City.

A Texas native, Gonzalez Gonzalez appeared in dozens of movies,
including The High and the Mighty and Rio Bravo. He frequently was
the “comic relief” in Westerns, playing a Mexican in a service job,
such as a barber or bartender.

In various incarnations of the live-action TV series Disneyland, he
portrayed Bandido (as Pedro Gonzales) in The Adventures of Bullwhip
Griffin (1971) and the Mexican Driver (as Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez)
in The Love Bug (1979). He was also featured in the EPCOT Mexico
ride at Disney World.

The diminutive Gonzalez Gonzalez came to fame in 1953, when
quizmaster Groucho Marx had him as a guest on You Bet Your Life.
Gonzalez Gonzalez stole the show, singing part of “El Rancho
Grande,” showing off comedic dance skills and mugging wildly for the

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez is survived by his wife of 62 years,
Leandra; son Ramiro; daughters Yolanda and Rosie; seven
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother Jose Gonzales-
Gonzales, also an actor.

Of course, we Monkees fans will cherish the memory of Gonzalez
Gonzalez in his guest role as Lupe the mechanic in Episode No. 33 of
The Monkees TV series, “It’s A Nice Place To Visit…”, its second-
season debut.

To absent friends…


From: “dollsandcoolstuffwow”

From: Laura

You will have a ball listening to this broadcast – also, do a “find” to
search other Monkee broadcasts, and there is one by Robert W. Morgan. This=

is really an in-depth coverage of The Monkees on tour! It’s like a time
capsule – going back in time to re-live the Monkee heyday when they were
king! There are some really good interviews with the guys – wait till you=

hear a story that Nez will tell. You can hear the records crackling too – =

Peace, Love & JOY, Laura “You should be a hero to yourself. And, if you=

aren’t, check it out.” – Peter Tork


From: Melinda Bruno

The February 2006 issue of the British magazine UNCUT has a cover
feature on that watershed year in pop culture, 1966.

There are several Monkee mentions in both the TV and album
categories. The debut album is listed as #16 of “The 20 Best Albums
of 1966″:

“America’s fabricated four cleverly aped the Beatles’ musical style
and zany movie antics to become TV’s first pop idols.”

And in the lead paragraph of the feature:

“There was watercooler TV before watercoolers even existed: The
Monkees, Dangerman, The Saint and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. all had us
glued to the box.”

Hmmm…arguably, Ricky Nelson was a pop idol created by TV, although
he was also created by Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. And I kind of
remember watercoolers being mentioned here in New York when I was a
child. Maybe in London the water in the coolers was warm, like the
beer? 😉

But it’s a really cool issue anyway, worth picking up where you can
find it:

–The Funky Cold Meldina

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