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"Monkees": A Manufactured Image - The Ultimate Reference Guide to Monkee Memories and Memorabilia (Rock & roll reference series) Hardcover – June, 1990

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The Monkees are an American pop band that released music under their original incarnation between 1966 and 1970, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Assembled in Los Angeles in 1965 by Robert "Bob" Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966-1968, the musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner. Described by band member Micky Dolenz as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band [...] that wanted to be The Beatles, [but] that was never successful", the actor-musicians soon became a real band. As Dolenz would later describe it, "The Monkees really becoming a band was like the equivalent of Leonard Nimoy really becoming a Vulcan." For the first few months of their almost five-year initial career, the four actor-musicians were only allowed limited roles in the recording studio. This was due in part to the excessive time spent filming the TV series, which in turn limited the amount of time available to the group to rehearse and coalesce as a band. Nonetheless, Nesmith did compose and produce some songs from the beginning, and Peter Tork contributed limited guitar work on the Nesmith-produced sessions. They soon fought for and earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. Although the sitcom was canceled in 1968, the band continued to record music through 1971.


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  • Series: Rock & roll reference series (Book 28)
  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Pierian Press (June 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876502362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876502365
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marnie_ATL on February 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This yellow hardback book is out of print, so it is pricey. If you are a die hard fan of Monkee history, of any generation, mine being 2nd, then this book is for you. It is like a Chronological History of the Monkees, which is probably a more apt title of the book, in my opinion. It is well done, lots of factoids packed with all black and white photos in 307 pages. The style in which the info is presented feels kind of like a school annual. The book does in some ways it seem older than mid-1980s when it was published.

I like how it is chornological, year by year milestones of the Monkees, even in the post-Monkees years to 1986. There are lots of great rare black and white pictures of the guys from all eras as well. I also enjoyed how the authors displayed images of the band's releases in foreign countries and post Monkee releases; quite detailed. I also liked reading the week by week tracking of the Monkees songs on the Billboard chart. Also they found many obscure ads, photos, of the Monkees. All very interesting.

The only drawback appears to be the lack of details about the Monkees in 1969, while the 3 Monkees, minus Peter, appeared on numerous TV programs as guests. The Monkees also had toured with Sam and the Goodtimers; I wish there was more information here. I would like to know more about this weird era post-TV show. Also the cinematic flop, Head, has sparse info. To make up for that shortage, there is lots of info and pictures, too about the 4 Monkees in the 1970s and 80s.

One neat fact I did not realize was that cassette tapes were in use in 1969! - There was a photo of Head release on LP. 8 Track and cassette. It mentions that 5 Monkee albums were released on cassette in 1969. I thought cassettes were introduced a few years later, like 1974ish.
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