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“No, it was no surprise when Peter left. There were no arguments. About eight or nine months ago we discussed it, and I agreed with him that when the time was right there were probably other things he would rather do than be a Monkee. So it was no shock. It is a fact that Peter’s leaving has had the reverse effect, in that it has brought us together more, and now we believe we can develop each of our talents within the context of the Monkees. You think I’m more mellow? Well, I don’t think there’s been a substantial change in me. I feel I have the ability to see another point of view. And that’s always good.” ~ Mike on Peter leaving – NME Magazine, 1st March 1969

 

 

 

“I’m free, I don’t know what I’ll be doing. I’m actually a little apprehensive because there’s no doubt that there are three other incredibly talented fellows out there. They’re very talented guys. Mike is one of the funniest people I’ve ever known. Micky is even funnier and Davy is just as cute as a button. Who could ask for anything more? Davy dances so great, did you see him dance in the film? I’ve not seen dancing like that on the screen except from Fred Astaire. The only other thins is that I’m both really relieved and really, really apprehensive. I’m terribly glad and also terribly sad.” ~ Peter on leaving the Monkees – NME Magazine, 25th Jan 1969

 

 

 

“The first time I met Peter Tork, who now looks like a blond, bearded Geronimo, was when he and David Crosby were thumbing a lift on Sunset Strip. They were hitching the five miles from their house to Stephen Stills’ hacienda. Unfortunately I was driving in the opposite direction to an appointment, but I joined them later at Stephen’s Olympic-sized swimming pool. Peter told me: ‘We were just hitching for laughs, man, to see how easy or difficult it is to get rides. We got three lifts. The first two didn’t recognise us, but the third one was, of all people, Peter Fonda! What a laugh, especially after his ‘looking for America and not finding it’ bit in Easy Rider!” ~ NME Magazine, 21st March 1970

 

 

 

Q. What about the Beatles and the things they’re doing now? A: Oh, yes, I think it’s good. They’re one group that you can’t really put down because they’re just too much And it’s so embarrassing, man, when America is sending over the Monkees – oh, God, that kills me! I’m so embarrassed that America could be so stupid as to make somebody like that. They could have at least done it with a group that has something to offer. They got groups in the States starving to death trying to get breaks and then these fairies come up. ~ Jimi Hendrix on The Monkees - Interview with Steve Barker, January 1967

 

 

 

“I don’t like performing because of the line it draws between people. There’s no reason for me to be on one side of the footlights and the audience on the other. We’re all in the same boat. I hate the star system. I don’t like big money concerts because the people get ripped off.” ~ Mike on performing – NME Magazine, 26th August 1972

 

 

 

“I’ll tell you something else I could wish for: nice nails. Don’t look at my nails. I don’t bite ‘em, it’s just that I can’t keep ‘em in good shape when I’m doing the garden twice a week.” ~ Davy on…his nails – NME Magazine, 15th June 1968

 

 

 

“An unconfirmed report says that Michael Nesmith was arrested recently in Beverly Hills. The charge: de-facing the American Flag. Now here’s the story: While in Australia, Mike was surprised when some crowds shouted jeering calls at the Monkees in protest to America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. Mike, too, is unhappy at what’s happening in Vietnam but he’s still proud to be an American and wasn’t afraid to broadcast the fact by wearing a shirt made from the national flag. And then what happens, but he gets busted. While the British have popularized their flag and spread British patriotism on everything from amplifiers to tea mugs, it seems in California it’s against the law to deface the American flag by making it into a shirt.” ~ NME Magazine, 2nd November 1968

 

 

“It’s a crime to think of Davy in baby-face terms. It implies he’s forever unsure of himself, always relying on others. Having worked with him, I know this is far from being the case. He’s not hard bitten and shrewd, he’s gentle and nice – but he knows what he’s doing, and he’d do well even if he left the Monkees tomorrow. In my book Davy is the sexiest of the bunch, although he wins my admiration because he also happens to be very talented. He really works hard and gets involved, and he makes no secret that acting is one of the biggest ambitions of his life. Sometimes he’s very down to earth, but he can also be very quiet.” ~ Susan Howard on Davy – NME Magazine, 30th March, 1968

 

 

 

 

“Peter Tork? There, I’m afraid I don’t have an answer. He could end up sweeping floors, he really could. What I mean is that his attitude to life is wide open. He has his own rules and you can see he intends to live by them, no matter what others think.” ~ Susan Howard on Peter – NME Magazine, 30th March, 1968

 

 

 

“I got on quite well with Mike. He’s from Texas, so am I, so I suppose that gave us some sort of link. Texas people are supposed to be very friendly, although I did find Mike gave the impression he always had a big chip on his shoulder. He can only take so much and he likes to be left alone – unlike Davy, who thrives on adulation.” ~ Susan Howard on Mike – NME Magazine, 30th March, 1968

 

 

 

 

“I see David and Micky socially, but I don’t really know what they’re up to. And I haven’t seen Peter Tork for about two years.” ~ Mike on if he sees the other Monkees – NME Magazine, 12th September 1970

 

 

 

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