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They Made a Monkee Out of Me Paperback – July 1, 1987
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But what I found out that was so fascinating is he details his marriage life, and affairs, and drinking and smoking pot with almost a sort of, that is who I am. Micky doesn't even mention his second wifes name in his book, or why they divorced. So Davy is honest about his infidelity, and even brags about his escapades while touring. But love of his children shine through in the book. He loved his parents too. I would love to read his later book, and see how the drinking thing went, and the 90's reunion with Mike, and the album Justus, but the scalpers are out. But all in all Davy is an honest guy, that loved his fans, and was taken a lot by agents, and business people he trusted. And his acting, and music was indeed great.
All in all, I prefer this one--and not only because it was less expensive. Superficial differences aside (the other book has better layout and far more photographs of sisters and daughters), the little bit that was added to "Daydream Believin'" is mostly bitterness. If you want to read affection between Jones and his fellow Monkees, read "They Made a Monkee Out of Me."
The books are quite detailed in their description of Davy's early life and pre-Monkees career. Stories of his family are tinged with sadness. His tales of life on the stage, as a teenager living pretty much parent-free in New York City, are fascinating. The steady stream of self-deprecating anecdotes about backstage and on-stage and soundstage hijinks highlight his puckish sense of fun. In contrast, he turns a weay eye to the business side of things, providing images of memos, business letters, contracts, financial statements and even a check--written by Screen Gems to David Jones in the amount of $0.00--as evidence of the many hard lessons he learned along the way.
My recommendation is to purchase whichever one of Davy's autobiographies that is available for a lower price. But learn from my error: there's absolutely no reason to buy both.
This book is overall interesting to read for most any Monkee fan. Davy gets quite personal about his own rise to fame. Davy mentions his naivite about being managed and getting ripped off by those around him and some very personal details about his relationships with women. It is illustrated on almost every page: I love all the great pictures, various newspaper clippings and odd items like checks send to Monkee Davy for amount 0. There are parts where Davy seems bitter, but in general it is a positive read and he has kind and humorous things to write about his 3 fellow bandmates.
Davy seems to skip over a lot of the frenzy of the Monkees era and provides many interesting details of his early life (growing up poor in Manchester with a close nit family) and then his struggles as an entertainer in the 1970s. I think including many family photos of his kids and wife adds a nice touch. Davy has a section of his autobiography where he comments on other famous people such as Keith Moon, Jan Berry, Ronald Reagan and Sally Field.
Overall, while I enjoyed Micky Dolenz' book better, because it was more humorous to read in many respects, this book is definitely a worthwhile purchase for a fan. Given that in mind, this book is still a must for a Monkee enthusiast's collection. A fair price for this book is $15, and if you look around online, and take your time, you can get it for that price.