Monkee Magazine Profiles Michael Nesmith
Madame Quagmeyer, editor of chic magazine Fabulous 208 or Fab 208) is looking for young Americans that embody typical stereotypes to feature in her publication. When Toby presents photos of The Monkees to Quagmeyer for consideration despite Rob Roy Fingerhead’s dismissiveness of them, Quagmeyer agrees.
This book opens up a window into the lives of four strangers who formed The Monkees band.
Early Life and Education
The Monkees began their professional lives from 1334 North Beechwood Drive in Hollywood. There, they lived for several years prior to entering music professionally and created kitschy decorations and posters that decorated their walls.
The Monkees had great material written for them by talented songwriters that became huge hits, while their members did little more than sing. This frustrated Nesmith who soon rebelled by writing country-rock songs.
Shibata and his editors’ choices often focus on current English-language literature in translation, with regular contributions from Haruki Murakami himself. But they also extend into other languages with features like I Can’t Translate This!, where translators write short paragraphs attempting to translate a Japanese term or phrase they cannot quite capture with words alone.
Tork had long performed in Greenwich Village clubs when producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider offered him an audition with four “insane boys between 17-21 who are folk/rock musicians,” leading him into joining The Monkees – instantly becoming the merchandise monsters of their era, plastering posters of them on girls’ and boys’ bedroom walls, selling millions of records and drawing huge audiences to concerts.
At heart, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Nesmith wanted to be taken seriously by the music establishment; they aspired to being seen as more than just manufactured TV band members. Mojo magazine featured Michael Nesmith’s visionary solo career in March 2022 with an in-depth article featuring archive interviews.
Achievement and Honors
Mojo Magazine (a British music publication) features The Monkees in their 2022 March issue. A 10-page feature provides an in-depth examination of Michael Nesmith, both as a member of the band and solo artist. Archival interviews with Nesmith, Dolenz and Sandoval as well as side articles regarding Headquarters album, Monkees episodes and Head are included within this comprehensive coverage.
The band first came together in late 1965 when they answered an advertisement seeking “four insane boys” to play for a new TV show’s band. Over time they would release hit records and appear on several major network television specials, as well as inspiring an entire generation of imitators – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder confessing his feelings; close-up of Pink Floyd’s Echoes; and Mick Rock presenting his portfolio. This issue also features Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam discussing their influence; as well as an interview by him featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Eddie Vedder; closeup on Pink Floyd Echoes by Mike; and Mick Rock’s photo portfolio.
Since 1986 when The Monkees made a comeback into public consciousness, this collection of information, pictures, interviews and biographies celebrates their renewed fame. Thanks to MTV reruns of their original TV series as well as reunion tours by Rhino Records (plus Arista’s reissues), fan interest surged exponentially.
Eric Lefcowitz’s book provides some exciting tidbits, such as his claim that Davy Jones and Joseph Pacheco may have extracted six figures of concert promoter kickbacks without informing their fellow Monkees – although Lefcowitz remains careful in his wording, suggesting it could all have had more complexities than first assumed. Still, this is an enjoyable, informative read for die-hard Monkee fans!
Michael Nesmith has earned tremendous success both as an active member of The Monkees and in various business endeavors since. Throughout his career he has amassed wealth totalling more than $25 Million; additionally his mother left him substantial assets which have also added greatly to his fortune.
DeeDee Shaw, co-founder and CEO of Monkee’s, has built her Wilmington store into a multimillion-dollar retail boutique chain with locations all across Southeast. Clad in a camel cashmere knit poncho and high-heeled platform woven clogs for business discussions, Shaw is always prepared for business discussions.
Davy Jones made his fortune through acting and media businesses since leaving The Monkees, with an estimated net worth of $15 Million as of 2012. All other band members have also continued successful careers since.