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Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  412 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
The long, strange journey of Michael Nesmith is as fascinating as it as was fraught--from fleeing Dallas as a young man with his pregnant girlfriend, to gaining international fame as a member of the Monkees, to falling deep into the grips of what he calls Celebrity Psychosis, to finally achieving inner peace and finding a creative wellspring in the teachings of Christian S ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Crown Archetype
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Donna Davis
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
Michael Nesmith is a veteran of the entertainment industry, but his name is most recognizable as the wool-beanie-wearing member of The Monkees. Nesmith has a treasure trove of experience and insight, and he’s very articulate. I really enjoyed this memoir, and if American musical and cultural history interests you, I recommend you get a copy when it comes out April 18, 2017. Thanks go to Net Galley and Crown Archetype for the DRC, which I received free of charge in exchange for this honest review ...more
Sara Dallmayr
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I must admit that I was already a fan of Nesmith's writing and music going into this book. I was familiar with his career and social media posts. I enjoy his writing style, and I have always been fascinated by his anecdotes, sense of humor, musical descriptiveness, his observations on social interactions and people, and I am deeply interested in any talk of the metaphysical and any individual's experiences from their spiritual vantage point. So, that being said, it would seem that "Infinite Tues ...more
If you know a little about Michael Nesmith, this book probably won't surprise you. If you're a Monkees fan, you know that he's a little different from the other three. If you know him from his work after the Monkees, you're his favorite kind of human being and a perfect audience for this book.

I was born years after the Monkees TV show had ended and grew up watching reruns on TV and I was a fanatic. Even as an adult, the Monkees bring me joy and take me back to a simpler time in my life when I f
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of my favouritest of songwriters, cool dudes and style icons, Michael Nesmith always seems to come at things from an unexpected angle. He broke the rules of what country music could do, with lyrics that were always a bit odd, far-thinking, humane and highly literate. And that is pretty much how this memoir reads. It reads like the man who gave us Harmony Constant. Especially the first half, which is full of lovely musings, little incidents that link together and seem to reveal a deeper meani ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I've long been a fan of Nesmith's music, of his songwriting, and of his written blogs and other things. After all, anyone who had Red Rhodes in their band can't be too bad, can they? I've always found his writing intelligent and thoughtful, humorous and insightful. That said, the book didn't let me down.

It has the usual memoir stuff about the ups and downs of making it big in the music biz, but it goes beyond the normal "first this happened, then this happened" storytelling and give
Susan Grebe
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I fell in love with the Monkees when I was 11 years old, and in the fifty years since then I have continued to enjoy their music and follow their individual careers . When I read that Mike was writing a “tell-all”, I was excited: I imagined that he would talk about what it was like working with the other Monkees, and what his relationship with them has been like since that time.

The book is not what I expected.--It’s not a “tell-all”. The Monkees aren’t a big part of it, This was disappointing t
Lorrie Dewar
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished a wonderful book that I would like to tell you about. It's called "Infinite Tuesday; An Autobiographical Riff" by Michael Nesmith. Intriguing, surprising, and like most of his work,
you'll be crying one minute and laughing the next. If you are looking for the perfect story of a perfect man, do not read this book. Nez bares it all, good or bad, showing the human sides of him that he so rarely shows to anyone. His reflections on some of the people he's met along the way are open an
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always watched The Monkees growing up in the sixties and seventies. In the late eighties, feeling nostalgic and having the funds to do so, I acquired the entire Monkees collection on LPs. In the nineties, I purchased a boxed set of Monkees CDs. After thoroughly listening to these recordings over the years, I was particularly drawn to the Michael Nesmith penned compositions. Inflected with a country western twang or with an unexpected tangent, Nesmith's tunes seemed like buried treasure among t ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
****Received this as a Galley from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much for sharing!!!****

I will admit I was one of those teenyboppers that was in love with the Monkees back in the '60s. I was too young to understand the statement of the group or whatever the political underbelly was because I was only 10 yrs old. I only related to the craziness that was the show but more importantly, the sounds of their music. I saved birthday money or weekly allowances then drove m
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a result of reading this, I now have a very different image of Mike Nesmith. Far from being resentful and arrogant about The Monkees years (except maybe in the early 70's where they were truly pariahs according to the music cognoscenti), he comes off as self deprecating, grossly underestimating his own musical talent. He believed he was not a very good guitar player and probably the least talented of all the Monkees. But, as he explains, that was okay because the Monkees played a garage band ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was an interesting book. I did not know a lot of things about Michael Nesmith, but I do now. I could amaze you with the trivia I learned, but you will just have to discover it for yourself.

Okay, okay, did you know that Davy Jones was on the Ed Sullivan show the same night as The Beatles were for the first time? He was starring in the play "Oliver" and was with some of his cast mates. Don't remember him being on the show? Seriously?

Michael Nesmith calls his book an autobiographical rif
My first read of 2018: a solid 5 stars!

I love autobiographies and biographies alike because everyone has a story. No person on the planet experiences a day the same way as anyone else. And, though I don't know him personally, what I learned about Michael Nesmith BEFORE ever picking up his autobiography intrigued me pretty quickly—mainly because our childhoods have many parallels, despite the fact that I was born in September, 1998—nearly 56 years after he was. Hell, had I been born exactly 50 y
Andrew Hickey
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
(This will be crossposted to my blog and Goodreads -- apologies to those who read my blog via the Goodreads feed and will thus see it twice)

Michael Nesmith's "autobiographical riff" is one of the most revealing, heartfelt, books I've read in a long time, certainly in the field of musical autobiography.

It's difficult for me to review this in a way that will work for other potential readers, because the main impression I got from this book is a feeling of compassion, and an immense empathy for a m
Gary Anderson
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don’t let the monkey on the cover lead you to think this is an autobiography focused on Michael Nesmith’s time with The Monkees. That is a small part of his life and a small but interesting part of his autobiography. Nesmith was the only Monkee who wrote successful pop songs before, during, and after the band’s reign. Nothing is overstated about saying that Michael Nesmith also invented music videos and MTV, and was a successful producer of various video, film, and virtual reality projects. He a ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is the nature of autobiographies for the writer to write of their triumphs and conceal their failings. It's human nature. In that vein, I am very much of two minds about this book.

If you read it as a journey of a Texan young man from a sleepy town in the 1960's (I also grew up in Houston in the 1960's, and can attest it was very sleepy for a town it's size) and was thrust into both the intricacies of the music industry and Hollywood it can be very interesting. But don't look for much on the
Mary Lou
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mike Nesmith has had an amazing life. Just one of the events he seemingly fell into would be monumental for most of us, but highlights include his mother's invention of Liquid Paper, the genesis of MTV, a technology patent, and careers in movies, TV, and music - the latter three, of course, combined in the form of the Monkees. And now, author.

So you'd think his autobiography would be entertaining, if not fascinating. Regrettably, it was neither. It's interesting what people choose to focus on w
I have always been a fan of the Monkees, a love I have always shared with my mother, as well as a fan of Mike Nesmith in particular. The story of the Monkees has been told many times before and is not given a lot of story time here. Which is good thing, because Mike has led a pretty remarkable life and has his own story to tell. He was a single child raised in Texas by a single mother, Bette, who could and should have a biography of her own. She invented Liquid Paper in her kitchen and grew it i ...more
Bob Schnell
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mike Nesmith is best known for being the Monkee with the wool hat and triangular sideburns. He has always been the one who's been least interested in Monkees reunions, supposedly because he didn't need the money after inheriting his mother's Liquid Paper fortune (she invented it). The truth, as far as he's willing to tell it, is a different story.

Monkees fans looking for his side of that part of his life will be a bit disappointed. He does talk about the Monkees but it is just a chapter of a lif
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs-music
Michael Nesmith is obviously a philosophical sort of guy and has written this memoir in a philosophical manner. At first, that made his memoir seem unique and more interesting than other memoirs I’ve read about musicians. At some point, however, the way the book was written started to grate on me. I began to crave a nice, concise Wikipedia article on Mr. Nesmith instead. Halfway through, though, I didn’t even want to read a Wiki article, and I gave up on this book. Specifically why? Because no m ...more
Sally Anne
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The audiobook is the way to go on this. Although Nesmith is not a particularly inspired reader, it is good to hear it in his voice. Overall, I find this to be a mixed-bag but humans are that way, contradictory and not always consistent. There is very little time spent on the Monkees experience, but there is much about the times and the creative behind the show. Nesmith is unfailingly kind, polite, and respectful of all of his ex-wives and lovers, which earns him much respect from this quarter. I ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
This is the best Monkee autobiography I have ever read and I have read them all. It is very matter of fact. He points no blame or bitterness towards anyone but himself. I really enjoyed this book and I was sad it ended. I don't want to ruin this for anyone so I won't write more but this is a must read book even for the casual music fan, not just Monkee fans. I came out of this book with more compassion for Mike than I have ever had!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Nez's writing but am docking him a star for not including enough photos. Sass aside, his recollections of revelations and tribulations are imbued with the perfect balance of humour and pathos.
Heather Eckert
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Papa Nez is a great writer. His book is engaging and entertaining, but, man, does it hurt to have your eyes opened and your idol brought down by his own admissions and truth.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A frank and honest account of life after the Monkees. While Mr. Nesmith has a random timeline, I appreciate how he does not resort to self-depracation or self-pity.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to find this book! The Monkees were the love of my life when I was in elementary school. I grew up in the 1970s, and, although I had missed the first run of the series, I felt as if I was growing up with them, watching reruns every day after school and dancing in front of the TV to their music. I was very familiar with all of the Monkees hits long before I ever discovered Top 40 radio -- which didn't happen until Jr. High and the 1980's for me.

I've gone through periods of life w
Amanda Sevall
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's fair to say my assessment of this book is completely biased. I used to work for the author -- so for me, listening to the audio book was like having a conversation with an old friend. I laughed, I cried, and most of all -- I was grateful to the time I spent working for him and for the influence he had on my career and life that I had previously failed to see. I would highly recommend the audio version of the book to anyone interested in this book because it is read by Nez himself. You get t ...more
Janis Johnson
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This weird and wonderful memoir was written by an extraordinary human being. My memories of Michael Nesmith come from my six-year-old world of scribbling "I love you" next to Davy Jones' picture on my played-to-death Monkees LP. Then there's a few vague memories from college and beyond -- of "Elephant Parts," the birth of the music video, and of course the fact that his mom invented Liquid Paper. All true. But there's so very much more. And I won't spoil it for you. As a musician who used to pla ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you for the opportunity to read this advanced copy.

I have been a fan of The Monkees for years and I enjoyed learning more about Micheal outside that world. He has had a very interesting life.
Jon Finkel
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
He sounds an interesting guy who's led an independent and iconoclastic life on his own terms, but this account omits or flatly refuses to discuss many parts of his life, maybe because he realizes he was... an asshole, but didn't want us to realize he was... an asshole(!). Just a thought. Sure, he accidentally invented the music video, but first he was a Monkee! And...basically, nothing. It's like going to see one of your favorite bands from the Eighties and hearing them announce from stage they' ...more
Allan Heron
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an interesting and well-written book but it leaves a bit of an unsatisfactory aftertaste. It's very much focused on Nesmith's spiritual journey rather than on his musical career.

That he had a recording career before The Monkees goes unmentioned, little detail is provided about many of his albums. Indeed, there are a few that don't even get a mention. Nor does his relations with The Monkees over the years - as an audience member I'd have been interested in some comment about the 1997 UK t
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Michael Nesmith's career in music and television took him from starring in The Monkees to a celebrated run of albums as a solo artist and in the First National Band. He created the TV show Popclips, a forerunner of what would become MTV, and produced the films Repo Man and Tapeheads. He is the author of two novels and the founder of the Pacific Arts Corporation, which produces projects in the worl ...more
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