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The Monkees, Head, and the 60s

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  14 reviews
How has a group conceived as a short-lived commodity outlived many more 'real' bands by nearly fifty years? Why are The Monkees still important, and what does this tell us about their music, their TV show, and our understanding of popular culture today?

Despite being built in Hollywood, and not necessarily to last, that is precisely what their music, TV, and cinematic outpu
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Jawbone Press
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Bob Schnell
If ever a book was written for me, this would be it. As a life-long Monkees fan and defender of their movie "Head" I relished every page. Peter Mills is also a longtime fan, but being British and an academic he brings a different view to the story. I didn't always agree with his perspective or interpretations, but he made me think about the Monkees in a way I hadn't before.

The book has four distinct sections; the TV show, the music, Head and the aftermath. Though each Monkee has a brief biograph
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The movie Head frequently winds up on those Worst Movies Ever Made lists. I suppose that is understandable because it takes a certain type of person to understand all the visual puns and satire. But if you are like me and think it is one of the funniest movies ever made, then this is the book for you. Fortunately, I have seen the film often enough to appreciate an almost frame-by-frame description of each scene (including bits that the author had to slow down on a DVD player to see because the e ...more
Liz Estrada
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3 and half stars.

Well, to be honest was expecting more from this book. I must preface by saying I did NOT grow up watching the Monkees TV show and have never actually seen a full length episode. But I am a total fan of their brilliant film, "Head" from the first go around. I forget how many times I have seen it, but always find it mind blowing in many ways. I like the Monkees music as great pop music and it was interesting to read about the "Brill building", Boyle & Hart, King, etc...., the
Gary Anderson
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Before we get into this book, maybe we should consider the question “What is / Who are The Monkees?”

One way to answer the question is that The Monkees are four musician-actors: Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, and Davy Jones. Each band member was an accomplished musician and/or actor before becoming a Monkee. Micky Dolenz was a successful television actor. Davy Jones was a Tony Award-winning actor/singer. Michael Nesmith was a recording artist who wrote Linda Ronstadt’s hit record “Dif
Eric Parsons
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read so many books on the Monkees that it feels hard to find anything new or insightful. Mills even references most of the books I have read before--Monkees Tale, Monkee Music, Total Control, I'm A Believer--among others. Yet, Mills does bring something fresh to the discussion. Sure, he covers much of the same ground, discussing how the group was formed, broad strokes on the music and TV show, with some special focus on Headquarters and Pisces, and a scathing review of 33 1/3 Revolutions ...more
Terry Collins
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Superb scholarly examination of the Monkees with a focus on the origins, production and impact of their one film together HEAD. I found myself listening to the soundtrack repeatedly during the reading of this book, which is HIGHLY recommended for Monkees fans (of course), but also those interested in pop culture of the 1960s and the impact of that decade on American film and music. A bonus comes through a tracing of the timeline between Rhino Records and the resurgence of the Monkees via MTV in ...more
Dave Phillips
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've just finished The Monkees, Head and the 60's by Peter Mills
I am a Monkees fan and I also think the film Head is superb (way ahead of its time), so naturally I'm pretty biased towards the subject matter, but the book is a cracking read even if a lot of it is almost a scene by scene deconstruction of the film.
I think it is a bit light on the "60's" element, as although it does refer to cultural connections throughout, it'd be good to have The Monkees phenomenon and their place in the 60's exp
Craig Bierko
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Movie too important to be Good

This is for film fans and scholars practicing beginners mind. In retrospect the success of a film can be considered according to the context of its time and the conditions under which it was produced - HEAD lacked the benefit of being a later seventies project. It set brilliant innovations that would have benefitted from previous examples of what not to do. It is a brave suicide note from artists who yearned for authenticity - and I consider their attempt it's ow
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
For superfans only. But there was some fun stuff about the early days.
Heather Babcock
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Any book about the Monkees that makes mention of "Gold Diggers of 1933" gets five stars from me!
Joe League
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
It was fine, but I didn't learn anything I didn't know already as a diehard.
Sharon Falduto
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting read about the Monkees, their music, and their bizarro movie "Head." It was nice to get some context for "Head," since the two times I've watched it I've thought, "what the heck was that?" but sometimes the book veered into fawning territory.
Phil Cook
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating read which I found out about from a tweet by Micky Dolenz so, you might guess from that, it's a strongly 'pro-Monkees' read - having said that it's not a piece of 'fan work', more scholarship of their place in popular culture. The book explains the early days of the band very well and goes into good detail about their struggles to become a 'real group', excellent on the music in particular. About 40% of the book is about their film 'Head', which was total flop in 1968 but i ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting background on The Monkees' inception, working on the TV series, and recording history. Much of this is already documented, yet there are references to 2016's "Good Times," making this the most current Monkees book I am aware of. That was the first 40% of the book. The analysis of "Head" (which is what drew me to the book) doesn't fly. There's a lot of play-by-play on each scene, and a few background nuggets that were new to me. But the author lost me when he repeatedly dismissed Bob ...more
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