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Total Control: The Monkees Michael Nesmith Story Paperback – January 15, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Basically, I think it says enough when Michael Nesmith himself doesn't even approve of this book or its author. Don't waste your money!
I saw a little more upside in Ms. Massingill's detailed and very perspicacious accounting of everything Mike put out there over a lifetime in countless genres (especially what Randi did in the appendices, listing and cross-referencing categorically this mountain of work). The sheer volume of creativity when you see it listed like that is quite a marvel (though much this mountain was `ahead of its time`). All told I can see how Mike's lifelong followers could be critical of this book. But for those of us (like me) who primarily loved Mike's contribution to the Monkees, and largely lost track of him after `Joanne,` I was stunned at the areal view Randi gave us of everything he had done as he reached his life's `third act.` I also sensed from this manuscript that it's not easy being the biographer of an uncooperative subject. One other thing I can say in Randi's favor is that she's not the only one to describe Mike as an unreliable control freak responsible for killing many a golden goose.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informational. Entertaining, as well. I recommend this book, if you like the Monkees. I was blown away by Mike's accomplishments.Published 10 months ago by Mr. T. Herrmann
I came to this book with the question in mind of "How much of a PITA was Mike Nesmith?" Even after reading the negative reviews, I was interested in reading it, because... Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by Gail M. Gary
Needed more details, and it gets a little undergrad in its style. But, still very fascinating and revealing. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by D Lewis
Author Randi Massingill, obviously had an "axe to grind" when she wrote this book about "Papa Nez". Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by The striking cobra
From what I had read in the past, Mike pushed the band to do their own thing. This book will gvie you more of the behind the scenes look from his perspective.Published on April 10, 2013 by sam
I enjoyed this brief history of Mike and the Monkees. Although not surprised, it was a bit disappointing to read about all the internal conflicts with my favorite childhood band,... Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by KellysHero718
Interesting book, but it is just compiled interviews and nothing really new.
It's okay to get a basic feel for Mike, but it would be better if we had a true autobiography.
For not having any input from the man himself, I would say that it was a pretty decent book. You can say what you want about Nesmith himself, but I think the author did about as... Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by R. Hernandez