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Monkeemania: The Story of the Monkees

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Glenn Baker traces the Monkees' meteoric rise to fame, the adulation and hostility they faced at the top of pop's ladder, and their sudden decline. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, including Monkees ephemera and film stills, this guide offers a complete discography and coverage of the Monkees' 30th anniversary.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 26th 2000 by Plexus Publishing (first published December 12th 1961)
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They made nine albums, fifty-nine television programmes and a feature film in three years. It should have been a straightforward story of a production company recruiting actors to play the characters in a fictional band inspired by 'A Hard Day's Night'. When the fictional band's music began to outsell their inspirations' records though, the musicians in the fictional band revolted in order to wrest control of the music from the film-makers.

The orthodox Monkees story is told in terms of the music
Nov 12, 2008 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Monkees fans
Shelves: rock-sleaze
Very matter-of-fact, unadorned and non-sentimental look at The Monkees with tons of photographs. If you like The Monkees this is the one to get. Way better than all the autobiographies from the Pre-Fab Four.
I picked this up while recording in Nashville in 1995. Being on what must be my 30th Monkees kick, I decided to reread it, and I have to say it's a fairly enjoyable, if sometimes inaccurate (there's no way Nesmith ever played pedal steel for the Byrds, is there?) read. If you dig the Monkees, you'll enjoy breezing through this puppy. Cool photos, too, especially of the various members post-Monkees.
Packed with info on the lifestyle the Monkees lived during the height of their popularity, including their touring at this time. For some unexplained reason it becomes clear that the author doesn't like Mike much and takes digs at him often. Still, lots of fun.
Kerry Gans
Again, even though the ISBN numbers are different, this edition and the original edition (with the yellow cover) are showing as the same book. I own both.
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