Why The Monkees Matter Discussion starts at 18:48 in the audio podcast.
Many thanks to my friends at Zilch who posted a new episode called “A TRIP TO THE MONKEES LIBRARY!” where they ranked their favorite books about the Monkees and spent a few fun minutes talking about what they liked about “Why the Monkees Matter” – it was especially fun to hear Sarah recount the fabulous time we spent at the 50th anniversary show in St. Louis, our chance to do a photo op with Micky and Peter afterwards, though she forgot to mention our midnight munch out at the Cracker Barrel next to our hotel.
To refute the cultural myth that all their peers reviled them in their first incarnation, it appears the opposite was the more true from the very beginning. As a television program, The Monkees won two Emmy Awards in their first season, for Outstanding Comedy Series and for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Comedy.
A final note on the long tail of their cultural footprint comes from the fact that the financial success of the show funded the filmmaking careers of show creators Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson. Screen Gems executive Steve Blauner adamantly believed, “There’d have been no Easy Rider without The Monkees so they should canonize The Monkees just for that.”