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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Retrofuture Products; Rev Sub edition (August 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867193786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867193787
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a great book! --New Musical Express

An insightful study of an often misunderstood pop phenomenon. --Goldmine Magazine

It looks fine to me! --Michael Nesmith

About the Author

Eric Lefcowitz's books on popular culture include The Monkees Tale, Tomorrow Never Knows The Beatles' Last Concert, Have a Nice Day: Rhino's History of Rock'n'Roll in the 1970s. He has freelanced for newspapers including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Miami Herald. His website Retrofuture.com was launched in 2001.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
This book originally came out in 1986, before the "reunion" tour, and provided in-depth interviews with Mickey, Davey, Peter, and Mike, complete discography, a listing of the original 58 shows, and was loaded with photos. In 1990, Lefcowitz updated it, adding information about their 1986-87 reunion (sans Mike) and their 1987 album release Pool It. This is recommended to Monkees fans everywhere.
However, the story goes on from this book and it would be nice if Lefcowitz updated it. In 1996, the Monkees reuinited again (this time with Mike), released one album (Justus), went on tour, and in 1997, had a hilarious hour-long TV special.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2000
Well written, but the vast number of inaccuracies and unfounded rumors make this book almost worthless. Author notes that Nesmith's Colpix 45s never went beyond promotional pressings (wrong!), the cereal box records featured songs years before their "official" release (wrong! the cereal box records came out in 1969/70), Charles Manson tried out for the Monkees (wrong Wrong WRONG!) etc, etc. The discography section is also essentially worthless (and VERY outdated).
Simply put...if you want to know the story behind The Monkees, you would be MUCH better off reading either Davy or Micky's autobiography, or the excellent book by Maggie McManus & Ed Reilly "A Manufactured Image".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jude pepper on June 2, 2013
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i must admit that part of me has a semi-fondness for this book. after the reunion fad of the '80s had died down and the reruns disappeared, i kind of drifted away from The Monkees. reading this book when i was in high school reintroduced me, and part of me will always be grateful for that. but even so, i can't recommend it, if only because Lefcowitz recently embellished upon it with MONKEE BUSINESS: THE LEGENDARY MADE-FOR-TV BAND.
for one thing, Leftcowitz corrects a number of boo-boos. in TALE, for instance, he states for The Record the urban legend that Charles Manson tried out for The Monkees. having since apparently done more thorough research, he sets the record straight in BUSINESS: Manson, let's just say, wasn't at personal liberty at the time.
although there are those inaccuracies he fails to correct. he clings quite tenaciously, for instance, to the notion that every Monkees episode features "two new songs." even the most casual Monkeephile can tell you...
(a) songs were frequently repeated. some a little too frequently: "Last Train To Clarksville" and "I'm A Believer" were both in about six episodes in a row simply because it was selling records. (now why do i suspect that that Donald Trump of The Monkees' machine, Don Kirschner, had something to do with that?)
and (b) there were as many episodes with only one song, and occasionally three. two episodes even managed to feature four songs!
his role as critic is similarly sketchy. take 33 1/3 REVOLUTIONS PER MONKEE, the off-kilter tv special that initially served as the complete quartet's swan song. in TALE, Lefcowitz sort of tap-danced around the issue, almost as if taking care not to pass any sort of judgement. in BUSINESS, he actually has the cojones to ackowledge what an unfocussed mess it turned out to be.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2000
The Monkees were not just a manufactured image as some would have you believe. Micky, Davy, Peter and Mike were REAL talents and so were the talented songwriters and producers who helped them create their timeless pop music. Throw Jack Nicholson and Jimi Hendrix into the mix and you have a fascinating time capsule of the 1960s cultural ferment. Highly recommended!
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By GAYLA SMITH on August 3, 2013
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I was about 9 years of age when the Monkees hit the scene. My older sister was goofy for them. I enjoyed their show and music even though at even that tender age, I knew that they were pretty much manufactured. I think John Lennon was correct when he compared them to the Marx Brothers. Lots of interesting tales here.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ProsaicParadise on January 8, 2001
I read this book back when I was a teenage fanatic of the band, and I loved it then. But then it wasn't hard to love it then, [...]. But I have gone back and read through this again and it stands the test of time. I'm really glad Eric Lefcowitz wanted to sit down and put together this compendium. I highly recommend it!
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