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.
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.
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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