Quotes from “Why The Monkees Matter” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 5 in a series

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“This book allows academics to critically study The Monkees as a program that challenged the nascent rules of a new medium and paved the way for future innovation.”

from Why The Monkees Mattered by Dr. Rosanne Welch — Coming Fall 2016 – Click for more info!

Michael Nesmith 1994 Interview with Greg Kinnear [Video]

As I try to keep the posts on these pages focused on the television show (since that is the focus of my book) I thought I’d post this link to a 1994 interview of Mike on the Later with Greg Kinnear.

As everyone ponders why Mike hasn’t formally joined this 50th anniversary tour, this interview shows he enjoyed his time on The Monkees, is proud of their work together on Justus, and even claims to have a favorite…

Which one could it be?

You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

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Why The Monkees Matter: A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Identity Construction and Confusion on The Monkees

A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Identity Construction and Confusion on The Monkees

A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Identity Construction and Confusion on The Monkees

from Why The Monkees Mattered by Dr. Rosanne Welch — Coming Fall 2016 – Click for more info!

 

Pre-Order “Why The Monkees Matter” by Dr. Rosanne Welch Now – Directly from McFarland!

Do you want to be one of the first people to get your hands on “Why The Monkees Matter”? 

Our first pre-order opportunity is now available, directly from the MacFarland web site. They just added “Why The Monkees Matter” to their catalog pages and store.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others will be coming online in the next 2 weeks or so.

Even better news, the book might even be out as early as mid-July 2016 (fingers crossed)

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The publishers’ site will also provide academic discounts for students and class sets and review copies (in pdf form) available for professors. 

I hope it pleases academics and fans alike!

Quotes from “Why The Monkees Matter” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 4 in a series

Monkees Question of the Moment: What Do The Monkees Mean to You?

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“The Monkees have come to mean so many things over the years – to me and to many others who have followed their careers both together and individually. As the band members said, even they don’t belong to themselves anymore. The Monkees belong to the audience.”

from Why The Monkees Mattered by Dr. Rosanne Welch — Coming Fall 2016 – Click for more info!

Why The Monkees Mattered: We Were Made for Each Other: The Sequel: Nascent Television Aesthetic Techniques on The Monkees

Why The Monkees Matter: We Were Made for Each Other: The Monkees Menagerie of Metatextuality

Why The Monkees Mattered: We Were Made for Each Other: The Sequel: Nascent Television Aesthetic Techniques on The Monkees

from Why The Monkees Mattered by Dr. Rosanne Welch — Coming Fall 2016 – Click for more info!

 

Who Wrote The Monkees? – “Case of the Missing Monkee” and “I Was A Teenage Monster” – by Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso and Dave Evans

Who Wrote The Monkees? –  “Case of the Missing Monkee” and “I Was A Teenage Monster” – by Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso and Dave Evans Part 5 of an on-going series

Did you know The Monkees had a connection to RFK?   Not the movie, but the man.  Read on…

This weekend Antenna TV is showing 2 episodes of The Monkees “Case of the Missing Monkee” and “I Was A Teenage Monster”. One was written solely by Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso, who were the showrunners, and one written by them AND Dave Evans, who I’ve written about before on this page.  So today I’ll focus on Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso.  

Sadly, Mr. Caruso had passed away just a few months before I first had the idea to interview the writers of The Monkees for the article in Written By magazine that turned into the proposal for my eventual book so I was never able to meet him.  But his writing partner, Gerald Gardner, welcomed me warmly into his wonderful home and told me all about their work before, during and after The Monkees. 

Who Wrote The Monkees? -  “Case of the Missing Monkee” and “I Was A Teenage Monster” - by Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso and Dave Evans

Who Wrote The Monkees? -  “Case of the Missing Monkee” and “I Was A Teenage Monster” - by Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso and Dave Evans

How does Robert F. Kennedy fit into the story?

Mr. Gardner had begun his writing career doing comical political satire books called Who’s In Charge Here?. Those books caught the attention of then President John F. Kennedy, who invited the writer to lunch at the White House.  After his assassination, Mr. Gardner sent a condolence letter to then Attorney General RFK.  When RFK decided to run for the Senate in New York, he asked Mr. Gardner to join his speech writing team.  (Sound a bit like The West Wing, doesn’t it?)  After Senator Kennedy went to work in Washington, Mr. Gardner wrote a book about the campaign: Robert Kennedy in New York.  Mr. Gardner’s first work in television was in New York as the senior writer on That Was the Week That Was which was a forerunner to “Weekend Update” on SNL.  All this work in comedy led him to partner up with Dee Caruso to work for producer Buck Henry on Get Smart and when Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson came to Henry asking to meet some hot young comedy writers to run their new show… well, you know what happened.  And that’s how The Monkees are connected to Camelot? 

 



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Quotes from “Why The Monkees Matter” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 3 in a series

Monkees Question of the Moment: How did you defend The Monkees to your friends?

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“…But I also wrote it in honor of and to honor the fans who love the show and lived with years of teasing when the mistaken reputation of the band and the show as ‘plastic’ kept dogging them. With this book I hope to show that those early and continuing fans all recognized the diamond in the rough from the start. ”

from Why The Monkees Mattered by Dr. Rosanne Welch — Coming Fall 2016 – Click for more info!

Why The Monkees Matter: We Were Made for Each Other: The Monkees Menagerie of Metatextuality

Why The Monkees Matter: We Were Made for Each Other: The Monkees Menagerie of Metatextuality

Why The Monkees Matter: We Were Made for Each Other: The Monkees Menagerie of Metatextuality

from Why The Monkees Mattered by Dr. Rosanne Welch — Coming Fall 2016 – Click for more info!

 

Out of the Research Vault: Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork on Nightwatch – 1986

Since Micky and Peter are conducting this current tour alone, this 1986 episode of Nightwatch, hosted by Charlie Rose, is quite fun to watch as it only involves the two of them. 

Out of Research Vault: Micky Dolenz & Peter Tork on Nightwatch - 1986

Micky discusses “Why now?” for their 20th anniversary tour in 1986 – and pins it all on the success of the premiere of the television show and the new generation introduced to it by MTV’s “Pleasant Valley” Marathon.  Peter discusses why the show worked – citing things I cover in the book about how The Monkees were originally considered dangerous (due to their long hair and connection to the counter-culture).  He also mentions how the fan base went from mostly female to nearly 60/40 female/male.  Then Micky discusses his directing career in England and how hard it was to leave it behind for this one summer – that he had no idea how long this one anniversary tour would last!


1986 MTV Monkees marathon ad from TV Guide

from The Monkees Live Almanac

The video is shaky but fun to watch because they are so deeply complimentary to each other’s talents, they talk about the ‘patrimony’ of the series in how the money made by the producers funded Five Easy Pieces and the new musical-variety version of the show they hoped to do in the third season that lead to the cancellation.

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