Quote: “They were all very accomplished people.” from 1960’s TV Censorship and The Monkees – 8 in a series

Quote:

“What if I interview all the writers of The Monkees? All the people who are in their 80’s who once wrote for The Monkees who are still alive. So I met with the writers of the show and it was fascinating. They had also written for many other things — Get Smart, Laugh-In. They’d won Emmys for The Mary Tyler Moore Show later in their career. They were all very accomplished people.

from Rosanne Welch talks about “Why The Monkees Matter” with Jean Hopkins Power

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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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More On The Monkees: Mike Nesmith opens up on touring without Monkees bandmate Peter via the Courier Mail

 

It’s always nice when they refer to each other as old friends after all these years. — Rosanne

More On The Monkees: Mike Nesmith opens up on touring without Monkees bandmate Peter via the Courier Mail

WHEN Monkees members Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz launched their tour in the US mid-last year, bandmate Peter Tork would have been aware the cancer he had battled for nine years had returned.
At the time Tork said he wouldn’t be touring because he planned to focus on his Lead Belly tribute album Relax Your Mind.

“Peter was very private,” Nesmith said.

“He didn’t discuss it with me or really anybody else. The doctors all had different opinions about it.

“What I made the decision to do was to stand by his side, be a friend and give him as good a send-off as I know how to give from this plane of existence.”

Read Mike Nesmith opens up on touring without Monkees bandmate Peter via the Courier Mail

 


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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

 

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

 

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

 

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

 

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Join me at the Paperback L.A. #3 Anthology Launch Party, May 5, 2019 [Event]

If you’ll be in Los Angeles on Sunday May 5th and want to see the architecture of the Helms Bakery – come to the Launch party for the 3rd book in the Paperback LA anthology – the editor, Susan LaTempa, reprinted my article about the writers of The Monkees TV show since that is so iconic LA. — Rosanne

Join me at the Paperback L.A. #3 Anthology Launch Party, May 5, 2019 [Event]

Join us for a reception and brief readings to celebrate the launch of Paperback L.A. Book 3 A Casual Anthology: Secrets. SigAlerts. Ravines. Records.

This is the third volume of the acclaimed new-school trilogy the creates a freewheeling mosaic of the city in words and photographs.

Join contributors including Lisa See, Alexandra Hedison, River Garza, Ann Elliott Cutting, Lou Mathews, Rosanne Welch, RJ Smith and Warren Hill for brief readings and views of photos. Culver City Councilmembers Meghan Sahli-Wells and Daniel Lee will welcome attendees.

Free and open to the public.

The book launch is at the Helms Design Center event space, 8745 Washington Blvd., Culver City CA. 90232.

Parking is available at complimentary parking lots located at the Helms Bakery entrance on the south side of Venice Boulevard at Helms Avenue (in front of Rejuvenation and across from Father’s Office) for your visit.

Additional lots are located on the northeast and northwest corners of Helms Avenue and Venice Boulevard.

Dr. Rosanne Welch’s Essay, “Hey, Hey, They Wrote The Monkees”, Included In Paperback L.A. Book 3!

The lovely thing about putting writing out into the world is that sometimes you receive calls or emails from editors who stumbled upon your work and want to reprint it in their own anthologies.

Such a lovely experience happened to me recently when Susan La Tempa, editor of Paperback LA – a series of 3 anthology collections of writings about Los Angeles across the decades, contacted me. She had read my article on the wild and crazy careers of the former writers of The Monkees and wanted to add it to her 3rd collection. 

Happily, I received my contributor copy in the mail today and it looks great.  The fact that my name appears in a Table of Contents along with great California writers like Casey Williams, Lisa See, Harry Shearer and Jonathon Gold (the only Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer) is… amazing to me.

Can’t wait for the publication launch party, signing and reception Sunday May 5, 2019 (4-6 p.m) at the Helms Design Center.  Free and open to the public!

Hope to see you there!

Secrets. Sigalerts. Ravines. Records.

In Paperback L.A., A Casual Anthology Book 3, our contributors deftly command fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, magazine writing, memoir and other forms to conjure up visions of a Beverly Hills Wonderbread factory, the founding of the first sustained gay rights organization in the country, early 20th-century wagon-train settlers in Dodger Stadium area, a late 20th-century DTLA traffic tie-up that becomes a kind of symphony, a humorous 1940s novelty song whose refrain buoyed civil rights activists, the 1990s outrigger-team apprenticeship of a Tongva youth―and more. Plus, photo essays on “Motion and Stasis,” “Hometown Gold,” “The Right Notes,” and “Nowhere.”

 

 

37 Conclusion from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute 23 seconds)

Watch this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

37 Conclusion from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute 23 seconds)

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.

 

Transcript

Just for fun. If you don’t know their theme song — you should but if you don’t if you do and you speak Spanish because there wasn’t Spanish version but there’s an Italian version.

[Theme From The Monkees (Italian) Plays]

Identity confusion? They played with it in the closing credits. Which i think is adorable and cute we get back to where we were. All right! That’s The Monkees. That’s why you should watch them and read about them and listen to their music because they’re pretty cool. Thank you for coming today. It was lovely.


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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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A Professor, Female Screenwriters and a Monkee Walk Into a Lecture … – OC Weekly, February 26, 2019

Well, that has to be a record (at least for me) – appearing in local newspapers two days in one week! 

This article — A Professor, Female Screenwriters and a Monkee Walk Into a Lecture … — is about my upcoming Noontime Faculty talk on the history of Female Screenwriters for the Pollak Library at Cal State Fullerton. They take the time to mention the talk I gave last year about my book on The Monkees, which is a bit sad since what makes the book topical this week is the loss of Peter Tork. 

But the beauty of both my books (I hope) is the fact that they bring much needed attention to writers and performers who weren’t necessarily lauded in their own time. —Rosanne

 A Professor, Female Screenwriters and a Monkee Walk Into a Lecture … - OC Weekly, February 26, 2019

You know how you are going to lecture on topics from your new book and then something happens in the big old world that touches on your previous book?

Such is happening to Rosanne Welch, who is a writer and adjunct professor at Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut and Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

She is scheduled to give one of the Faculty Noon Time Talks in CSUF’s Pollock Library from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. These events are based on faculty research, which in Welch’s case is partly encapsulated in her most recent book, When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry (McFarland & Co., 2018).

However, on Feb. 21, actor/composer/musician Peter Tork, who is best known as the bass player/keyboardist with the Monkees, passed away, which prompted the re-release of something Welch had said about him:

Read A Professor, Female Screenwriters and a Monkee Walk Into a Lecture … 

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36 Meeting The Monkees from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute, 13 seconds)

Watch this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

36 Meeting The Monkees from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute, 13 seconds)

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.

 

Transcript

During their tour, I got to finally meet them. I had interviewed Micky on the phone for my newspaper article but I was invited backstage to do a photograph I was like “Om my gosh, that’s so cool!” because you know in 1980 I had another picture with Micky all right. Yeah OMG, look at us! There you go. So that’s pretty cool. They’re pretty famous. and then we’re back to who I am and what I’m working on and this is a bunch of stuff I use for research but not nearly all of it of course because I had to do a lot of work in our library. That’s what libraries are so wonderful about and so since we have a moment what I’ll do is I’ll just show you the thing that I was going to show you. This is Peter talking at Monterey very short bit quieting the crowd down. welcome now with a great big fat round of applause — my favorite group, The Buffalo Springfield.


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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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Quote: “Peter was quite polite and he was quite the true hippie of the day.” from Rosanne Welch talks about “Why The Monkees Matter” with Jean Hopkins Power – 5 in a series

Quote:

“Peter was quite polite and he was quite the true hippie of the day. He really believed in the message of peace. He also believed in the message of Buddhism, actually, so he wasn’t a pushy guy. Now as they have toured in later years he tends to sing all of the songs Davy sang in concert and he is quite proficient at them. So it’s kind of sad that he didn’t get into the mix more deeply himself.”

from Rosanne Welch talks about “Why The Monkees Matter” with Jean Hopkins Power

Watch this entire presentation – Rosanne Welch talks about “Why The Monkees Matter” with Jean Hopkins Power



 Buy Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

 

A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

McFarland (Direct from Publisher) | Amazon | Kindle Edition | Nook Edition

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35 A New Monkees Album from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (50 seconds)

Watch this entire presentation — How The Monkees Changed Television with Rosanne Welch, PhD (Complete Presentation and Q&A) [Video] (45:06)

35 A New Monkees Album from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (50 seconds)

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.

 

Transcript

This is the album. All these songs are written by people that you’ve heard of. Like Rivers Cuomo, Andy Partridge, Ben Gibbard, Noel Galagher. All famous, current rock-and-rollers who were brought together by a producer who said, “If you could have lived in the ’60s and written for The Monkees, what song would you have written?” and they all wrote a song that they thought was particular to their tastes and so Ben Gibbard has actually been — a couple of the tour dates her came in an sang with them, which is great. So this is him talking about that “before The Beatles, before The Velvet Underground, before Punk or Indie Rock, The Monkees were the first band that I truly loved.”They influenced so many of today’s modern day performers and yet people keep forgetting them. So I think that’s important. “You Bring The Summer” was their first release off that album and in a second I’ll play a little clip from it just for fun.


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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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More On The Monkees: The Top 10: Songs By Bands About Being in a Band via The Independent

Always nice when the guys are included in lists with other top notch bands… Here they come out second behind Manfred Mann with songs about being in a band -which is exactly the tale the theme of the TV show told – and continues to tell for all of us who hum it over and over again. — Rosanne

More On The Monkees: The Top 10: Songs By Bands About Being in a Band via The Independent

Thanks to Steven Panthera for this one. A lot of nominations, so I was strict, ruling out “Bennie and the Jets” and “Holiday Inn” because Elton John is a solo artist rather than a band. The same went for “The Free Electric Band” by Albert Hammond. 

1. “The One in the Middle”, Manfred Mann, 1965. “Let me tell you about the Manfreds” – including a personnel check. Nominated by Teri Walsh and Pat Harty. 

 
2. “(Theme From) The Monkees”, The Monkees, 1967. Better known as “Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees”. Thank you to Sirena Bergman. 

[…]

Read The Top 10: Songs By Bands About Being in a Band via The Independent



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