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TV Apperances – Hollywood Nez – HQ Story

March 27, 2011 by  
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The following are additional showings of Micky Dolenz on the 4th
Anniversary of Behind the Music

From: Monkeegurl85
From: “Kristi Tucker”

SUN 9/24 at 11am/10c
SUN 9/24 at 9pm/8c
SUN 9/24 at 10:30pm/9:30c
TUE 9/26 at 7:30pm/6:30c
WED 9/27 at 12:30am/11:30c
WED 9/27 at 11pm/10c
FRI 9/29 at 6:30pm/5:30c
SAT 9/30 at 9pm/8c
MON 10/9 at 3pm/2c


From: Laura S.

Here’s an update on this:

According to, they are planning to re-run the “Teen Idols”
episode of “20 To 1” (featuring the Monkees at #4) as follows:

Sunday, September 24 – 5pm
Monday, October 2 – 3pm

(I think ‘All times Eastern and Pacific’ applies)

But please be advised that the schedule seems to fluctuate, so check here
for the latest update:


-Laura S. = )


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they are endorsed by one of the Monkees, which this one is.

From: “Band 6”

Dear Kirk and Sue
I am trying to get Michael his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I’m
sending you the information you need if you would like to help support the
Donna Bailey

A number of years ago, the Monkees received their star on the Hollywood Walk
of Fame for their TV show. Now it is time to show the world that Michael
Nesmith deserves his own star for his pioneering leaps in the music industry.
“Dedicated Friends”, Michael’s Official Fan Club, is leading a campaign to do
just that. Michael has approved this campaign, and has signed all the
necessary paperwork. Now we need your help.


Picture Michael standing on a street in Hollywood with his fans gathered all
around and he is being awarded a star in front of all the media. Think of
what it would mean to Michael to see his work recognized and finally get the
credit he so rightly deserves for all the contributions he has made in the
music and entertainment field.

Michael deserves a star and we are going to get it for him!!!

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce requires a written statement from the
celebrity saying they agree to the nomination and that they will attend the
presentation ceremony. On July 14, 2000 Nez signed the letter which stated “I
grant Donna Bailey permission to nominate me for a Walk Of Fame Star. If I am
awarded the star, I agree to make a public appearance to receive the star.”

“There are five categories to choose from: Motion Pictures, Live Theater,
Television, Recording and Radio. I have decided on Recording for Michael.

In order to get Michael his star, a letter must be submitted to the star
committee to prove to them he deserves it. I am also creating a video of Nez’
work to be sent it. We need to convince them that he IS an innovator,
pioneer and leader in new concepts for the music industry. Was it the First
National Band’s revolutionary country rock sound? Was it concept albums like
“The Prison” and “The Garden”? Was it the development of the music video? Or
maybe the beautiful mixture of Western and the tropics in “tropical
campfires”? What do you think makes Michael deserve this star?

The Walk of Fame Committee will meet to vote in June 2001. This will give me
the time needed to raise the funds to pay for the star , create the video and
research and write the letter to be sent in. I have opened up a special
account called the “Michael Nesmith Star Fund”. The fee for the star is
$15,000. Anyone who contributes to the star fund will have their name and
address placed in a book to be given to Nez. Please understand that all money
contributed will be returned if Nez does not receive the star. If you want to
contribute please make your contribution payable to “Michael Nesmith Star
Fund “.

All funds MUST BE in U.S. currency!

Please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope with your donation to the
star fund. If Nez does not receive the star, your money will be returned in
this envelope…but if Nez DOES receive the star, your invitation to the
ceremony will arrive in this envelope! Please inform me if you change your
Please send any and all ideas, and donations for the star fund to

Dedicated Friends, 1807 Millstream Drive, Frederick, Maryland 21702
or visit the “Dedicated Friends” website at

It could be YOUR idea that convinces that committee Nez deserves a star!
Let’s all work together to get Michael his star!!!!


From: “Geoff Fox”

I was browsing around to see what the country charts were
doing, I noticed that The Monkees were the artist of the day for today
(9/14). The link would be more than likely changed if you read this on the
15th, so I cut & pasted the article here. Sorry for it being such a long email.

A Peak Into The Monkees’ ‘Headquarters’ By Sean Egan
LONDON – The story of the Monkees is one of strangest in pop music
history. It all began when four actors with incidental musical ability were
recruited in 1965 to star in an NBC television show marrying surreal humor
with fine pop craftsmanship. The only trouble was that said pop
craftsmanship had little to do with them: session musicians and freelance
songwriters provided almost all the music. When this fact became known, the
group became instantly despised by the counter culture. But, the Monkees
instigated an insurrection that saw them win creative control and the right
to play on their own records. Triumphantly, their own music turned out to
be as enjoyable as the stuff atop which they’d previously just overdubbed
vocals. The result? The Monkees were still despised — except by the
millions of mostly female fans who continued to send their records to the
top of the charts.

This bizarre story has now reached what may be its concluding chapter, with
Rhino Handmade’s release of a Beatles “Anthology”-style box set
demonstrating the incremental development of “Headquarters,” the 1967 album
on which the Monkees first fought to play. The original album shares space
on three CDs of previously
unreleased demos, early takes, studio gossip, and additional material from
the recording sessions. “We had a huge falling out with the producers and
the record company and we all stuck together on it,” remembers Monkees
drummer and lead singer Micky Dolenz of the Monkee uprising. Initially,
Dolenz and Davy Jones — who considered themselves primarily actors — were
less worried about playing on the records than colleagues Mike Nesmith and
Peter Tork, primarily musicians.

Things changed when the band’s debut album was issued in October 1966.
“When I discovered that they had not given any credit to the other
musicians that had played, that did concern me because then it became
apparent to me that the record company and the producers were being
dishonest about the issue,” Dolenz says.
But things got worse. “More Of The Monkees” was released without the band’s
knowledge or consent in January 1967. The Monkees, now rivalling the
Beatles in record sales, used their economic muscle to force a change,
threatening to go on strike unless creative control was ceded to them.
After initially warning them of legal action, their producers gave way.

“For all of us, it was not to prove that we were the greatest musicians in
the world,” Dolenz says of “Headquarters.” “It was about the spirit of the
thing. This was about us and our artistic input. The music was what it was
and the instrumentation and the technique and the abilities that each of us
had. This was about, ‘Hey, listen folks, this is what the real Monkees
really sound like.'”It was a Dolenz song — the excellent and somewhat
subversive “Randy Scouse Git” – that was pulled off the album for release
as a single in the U.K. Mysteriously,
none of the album’s tracks were released as singles in the States. “I think
that was basically all those powers-that-be saying, ‘Okay you guys, you got
what you wanted — now f**k you,'” Dolenz suggests. Nevertheless, the album
shifted a million units, topped the charts, and is still considered one of
the Monkees’ best efforts.

Strangely, though, they never made a “pure” record like it again. Although
the Monkees retained creative control, the group went back to the old
method of using session musicians on succeeding albums. “When it was done,
we all kind of said, ‘Okay, we’ve done that now. Let’s move on and do
something else.’ We’d been there, done that, got the t-shirt. The only one
that wasn’t happy with that was Peter Tork. He claims that that was the
reason that he quit,” Dolenz says.

Dolenz reports that he is ambivalent about the new “Headquarters” set. “I
have mixed emotions about releasing unfinished works,” he says. “This is
the equivalent of releasing an artist’s sketches after he’s finished the
painting and showing all the different stages. A lot of the stuff was a
work in progress. A lot of it was simply goofing around.

“On the other hand, for someone who was really into the Monkees and really
into the music and really into what was going on behind the scenes, it’s a
lot of fun. To me, the most interesting stuff is the dialogue going on
between each of us and the producer, Chip Douglas. That’s very amusing and
brings back a lot of memories.”
Dolenz’s concerns notwithstanding, the release of the box set confirms the
sea change in the perception of the Monkees since the ’60s. Back then, the
general public would have scoffed at the idea of the band receiving such
reverential treatment three decades down the line.

“I don’t know if last laugh is the right term, but certainly there is some
degree of vindication,” Dolenz admits.

Geoff Fox

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