Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.
In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.
This is a song that Mickey’s famous for singing. He wrote it while he was in England. He heard this phrase — Randy Scouse Git — He didn’t know what it meant. He just thought they were funny words. It’s actually — it’s cussing in English. It was from a TV Show that is the TV show that, in America, we based All In The Family on, rights so it was older man yelling at his son-in-law calling him a randy scouse git. Randy means you have too much sex and scouse git are bad words. He just thought they were funny words so he came back and wrote this song, but think about the lyrics…
Why don’t you hate who I hate
Kill who I kill to be free
If that’s not a Vietnam protest war song I don’t know what is and they got away with singing that on broadcast television in their very trippy hippie clothes. So I couldn’t believe how much they got away with frankly in terms of messages.
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About Rosanne Welch, PhD
Rosanne Welch, PhD is a writer, producer and university professor with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, Touched by an Angel and ABC NEWS/Nightline. Other books include Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture (McFarland, 2017) and Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017), named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. Welch has also published chapters in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris) and The American Civil War on Film and TV: Blue and Gray in Black and White and Color (Lexington Books, 2018) and essays in Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology and Outside In Makes it So, and Outside in Boldly Goes (both edited by Robert Smith). By day she teaches courses on the history of screenwriting and on television writing for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting programs. Her talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP is available on YouTube.