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“We are all a lot closer than we ever were, right now. We’re ten years older, all of us have gone through being married and divorced, and having children. We learned from different peoples’ reactions to what we were, and who we are now. The one thing I said when we all got together recently was, ‘As long as we all think about each other the same way as we think about ourselves, I’m in and I’ll work with you.’ In the old days there were many times when I went to hospital for seven stitches in my eye from Peter hitting me and me slamming him. Then Mike and Micky would get at it, a lot of different things. You can’t spend time with somebody without having an argument.” ~ Davy on the Monkees’  relationship 10 years later – KRUX Radio Interview, 1977

 

 

 

“The scene is Chasen’s restaurant in late June ’66, before The Monkees show reached the public. NBC is entertaining its affiliates, the men who decide what their stations will carry, and stars of the new fall shows are making appearances. While the whole hippie movement has by now gained wide acceptance in American life, the affiliates are conservative, sceptical men, known to be opposed on principle to anything long-haired. ‘Bert Schneider was against the boys going,’ recalls a behind-the-scenes participant. ‘He figured it for a square scene and the affiliates wouldn’t dig it anyway. But the network insisted the affiliates had to be won over. The head writers had a sketch for them, and the boys were supposed to kind of come in on the end of things, make a quick appearance and get out.

‘But things ran late. They stood outside, tired, nervous, unfed. I said, ‘Are you guys going to do the material?’ ‘Hell no,’ they said. Somebody had dragged along a stuffed peacock. They played volleyball with it, stopping traffic on Beverly Boulevard. Micky got into the restaurant’s switch box and turned off all the lights. Finally they were introduced by Dick Clark. Since they hadn’t any musical instruments – we were afraid to let ‘em try to play – they did ‘comedy’ material. Micky shaved with the microphone, Davy pretended to be a duck. The jokes begun to die. The affiliates were already hostile and what was not needed was a bunch of smart-aleck kids. On the way out I heard an affiliate say, ‘That’s The Monkees? Forget it.’” ~ First impressions of the Monkees - TV Guide, September 1967

 

 

 

“I heard them. They were loud. It was not the right sound. Not a young, happy, driving, pulsating sound of today. I wanted a musical sex image. Something you’d recognise next time you heard it. Davy was OK – for musical comedy. Mike was the weakest singer as far as I was concerned. Micky was a natural mimic. And he had the best voice for our purposes. He did the lead on ‘Last Train’. Davy and Peter did some background harmony. Mike wasn’t on the record at all. Boyce & Hart and some hand picked professional musicians played it. The boys told me, ‘Donny, anything you want to do is OK with us.’ Later we tried Mike on the lead of ‘I’m a Believer’. We had to take him off.” ~ Don Kirshner on his first exposure to The Monkees – TV Guide, September 1967

 

 

 

“Numerology compatibility is determined through path-of-life numbers. Mike has a natural tendency to very good relationships with path-of-life 2, 6, 7 (Davy) & 9. He has difficulty getting along with 3 (Micky), 5 and 8 and a relationship with 1 and 4 (Peter) is possible but not probable.” ~ Maggie McManus – Monkees Headquarters Fanzine Issue #3, 1979

 

 

 

“When Kirshner, unnerved, backed off, Mike threatened to quit. Herb Moelis said, ‘You’d better read your contract.’ Mike whitened with rage. He disliked Moelis (‘Why? Why do I dislike strawberry ice cream? He didn’t respect me as an artist!’) Then he smashed his fist through the wall of Kirshner’s $150-a-day bungalow. Kirshner caught up with Mike in the lobby and thrust the Gold Record upon him. Lester Sill drove Mike, clutching the Gold Record and smouldering, home. Later Mike told his ‘angel of peace’, the ever-conciliatory Schneider, ‘I blew it. I shouldn’t have lost my temper. But it’s horrible to be the number 1 group in the country and not be allowed to play your own records.’ Schneider said, ‘Well, it’s rewarding to see you guys act as a group rather than four egotists who don’t pull together.’ To which Mike replied, ‘It’s the first time we’ve had a wagon to pull.’

From then on the situation deteriorated rapidly, with the other boys falling in line behind Mike. ‘Bert knew I meant it when I said I’d quit the whole complex, pack up my gear, go to Mexico or Tahiti, eat coconuts and let everybody sue me.’” ~ The Monkees stand up to Kirshner – TV Guide, September 1967

 

 

 

“Costumes and props were everywhere and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ clearly called for a lot of backstage action. Christmas cards filled a wall and there were first-night telegrams on another. On the make-up surface below the mirror were photographs of Davy and his group Toast, Davy and Micky Dolenz, and Davy’s two children.” ~ Spencer Leigh – Monkee Headquarters Issue #5, 1980

 

 

 

 

“The most exciting news being that the four original members of the group would be appearing on stage together in Los Angeles on Sunday 7th September to present an Emmy Award. However, sadly their appearance had to be cancelled due to Mike Nesmith refusing to cross the actors’ picket line outside the theatre.” ~ Monkee News – Monkee Headquarters Issue #7, September 1980

 

 

“Nobody ever saw that, man, but I saw it 158 million times. I loved it. Filmically, it’s the best rock and roll movie ever made. I mean, it’s anti rock & roll. Has no form. Unique in structure, which is very hard to do in movies.” ~ Jack Nicholson on ‘Head’ – Jack Nicholson biography (no specifics on which one)

 

 

 

 

“In May, Michael and Kathryn Nesmith made a short visit to England to discuss a distribution deal for PAC records; they spent much of the time with Micky and Trina.” ~ Pauline Muncey – Monkees Headquarters Fanzine Issue #2, August 1979

 

 

 

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