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:

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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

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

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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



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

    

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34 Modern TV, Music, and The Monkees in Popular Culture from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute, 6 seconds)

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

34 Modern TV, Music, and The Monkees in Popular Culture from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute, 6 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

Grace and Frankie. If you haven’t watched it is an adorable show, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. In their second season they were telling secrets from their childhoods — from their teenhood — and Lily Tomlin’s secret, Frankie’s secret was she’d had sex with a Monkee and the question was which one and Jane Fonda guessed Micky and that was the answer and I said “You people did not research this program.” The Lily Tomlin character would have had sex with Peter Tork. That’s her boy! That’s the hippie! Not Micky, right? Mickey’s the name most people recognize, but if I was adorable just watching the show BAM a Monkees reference. You cannot get away from the fact that they’re still culturally relevant. I totally forgot my Simpsons thing. So f course in the fifty fiftieth year my book came out, which made me very happy and it’s on our little new author thing right when you walk in. So you can rent a copy. Also, they released an album in their 50th anniversary year they got together with a bunch of modern songwriters and they released an album that was in the top ten because it was written by a whole bunch of famous people. Of course, that’s me outside Warner Brothers cuz you know I had it and I thought it was pretty cute.


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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: “A director can’t direct 20 empty pages.” from Why Monkees Matter: The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Pre-Teens – 4 in a series

Quote: “A director can’t direct 20 empty pages.” from Why Monkees Matter: The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Pre-Teens – 4 in a series

Quote:

“I focus on the writers of television programs and authorship. That’s my thing, because we focus on directors as auteurs of film and we don’t realize — or we forget — that writers, are just like the writers of books. A director can’t direct 20 empty pages.”

from Introduction to The Monkees from “Why Monkees Matter” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Watch this entire presentation – Why Monkees Matter: The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Pre-Teens



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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.

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

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Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11 February 2019

Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science - 11 February 2019

Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science (un.org) by learning more about these amazing Women Scientists and Inventors and Many More in my books. Check your local library or bookstore today!

Maria Mitchell [pronounced “mə-RYE-ə”] (August 1, 1818 – June 28, 1889) was an American astronomer, who in 1847 by using a telescope, discovered a comet, which as a result became known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet.”[1] She won a gold medal prize for her discovery, which was presented to her by King Frederick VI of Denmark. On the medal was inscribed “Non Frustra Signorum Obitus Speculamur et Ortus” in Latin (taken from Georgics by Virgil (Book I, line 257)[2] (English: “Not in vain do we watch the setting and rising [of the stars]”).[3] Mitchell was the first American woman to work as a professional astronomer.[4][5] –  Wikipedia

* That’s Maria you see center stage on the cover of Technical Innovation in American History above!

Bette Nesmith Graham (March 23, 1924 – May 12, 1980) was an American typist, commercial artist, and the inventor of Liquid Paper. She was the mother of musician and producer Michael Nesmith of The Monkees.[1] Wikipedia

* I researched Bette for Technical Innovation in American History as well as Why The Monkees Matter, talking about her famous musician sone, Michael

Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineerphysician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After medical school and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 until 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to found a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities. She is the current principal of the 100 Year Starship organization. Wikipeda

* Mae appears in both Women in American History and Technical Innovation in American History

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33 The Monkees in Popular Culture from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute, 4 seconds)

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

33 The Monkees in Popular Culture from How the Monkees Changed Television

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

Had The Monkees done Sugar Sugar we wouldn’t have the Archie and, of course, the Archie comics — another side tangent — has become Riverdale. The big show right and a big show because you all know him from your own childhood TV watching right? So the grown-up version. So it’s like Circus Boy becoming a Monkee. It just happens over and over again right? All right, you’ve also all known a Monkee song all your life even if you didn’t think you did because in Shrek they use I’m A Believer. So now we’re years behind. We’re thirty years from the show being on the air and a whole run of children know this song right and this is Micky Dolenz closing song in all his concerts. This is his song, right? Breaking Bad in the season before it went off the air did a whole meth — a whole montage of putting meth together to the Monkees song Going Down because Vince Gilligan was a Monkees fan when he was a kid. So his chance to use Monkees music and his own TV show was something exciting for him. Likewise, Mad Men did an episode that used the song for the Monkees. So highly rated Emmy-winning TV shows are airing their music to a whole new generation. I thought that was cool.


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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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Rosanne co-hosts Zilch #131: Monkees 101: our Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers [Audio]

It’s time for another episode of Monkees 101, which I cohost with the marvelous fellow Phd, Sarah Clark. This one covers the episode “Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers”, written by Dave Evans and directed by James Frawley, who sadly passed away on January 24th.  Enjoy hearing our take on one of the classic episodes of the show.. — Rosanne

Rosanne co-hosts Zilch #131: Monkees 101: our Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers [Audio]

Drs. Rosanne Welch and Sarah Clark are back for Zilch Monkees 101 S1 E4 “Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers”, the 4th episode of The Monkees to air. We also have a live version of “Let’s Dance On” from 2016 and Monkees News!

This episode is dedicated to James Frawley, a veteran Hollywood director of film and TV projects like The Monkees (32 episodes) and The Muppet Movie, has died. He was 82.

Thank you for making our lives better with your work.
Originally aired 1/24/19

We were born to love one another.

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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.

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

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