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They Made a Monkee Out of Me: Davy Jones Reads His Autobiography Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, November, 1988


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Dove Entertainment Inc (November 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558001123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558001121
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,732,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pam Scofield on April 28, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I wanted the written book but could not believe how expensive they were since Davy passed away. I have a Kindle Fire and though I'd try the Audio book and I am so pleased with it. Let me tell you....Davy has always been able to tell a good story and this book is in his own voice! Nothing like hearing that beautiful British voice telling you his own story. It is not boring at all. I listened to the full book ( I think about 6 hours) I LOVED it. Ladies forget about the paper book and the hundreds of dollars they want for it. Get the Audio book and let Davy talk into your ears. I never get tired of hearing him. And I bought it for under $12.00 Yay!!!
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6 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2005
Format: Audio Cassette
This book tells the story of Davy Jones, the first Monkee. Jones was born into a working-class family in Manchester, England. He wasn't fond of studying, but his talent for acting was obvious from a very early age. Having failed the entrance exams for further education, he left school at the age of 15, which was common at the time. His interests were then divided between a career as a horse jockey or as an actor. It wasn't long though, before he got a chance to play the part of The Artful Dodger in Oliver. When the cast was asked to tour the US, he went along. After the run of Oliver, he was still in demand for various acting jobs, and it wasn't long before he was signed up to appear in Don Kirchner's concept for a new TV show featuring an up-and-coming rock group. In this book, Jones details some of the behind-the-scenes stories of how the Monkees was conceived and what became of the group in later years. He also describes how the fame and fortune that came with becoming a TV and music star affected his personal life.

Jones is a great story teller, but he does miss some of the big picture. He describes how, from the start, the Monkees were intended to be a commercial phenomenon, getting publicized on TV, and serving as a musical front for selling albums whose material, written by best-selling song writers, was carefully selected for its commercial viability and performed by top session artists. Apparently, once the group began achieving the expected levels of success, they forgot that they had been auditioned and hired to act in a role written by someone else. They had dreams of actually becoming a rock group rather then simply playing the role of one, and they wanted to take over creative control of their music.
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