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Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff

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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, 352 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Crown Archetype
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Donna Davis
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 interest 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
Kathleen
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
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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
Bert
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
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
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skketch
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
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Marti
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
Lorrie Dewar
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
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Debbie Krenzer
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
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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
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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
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
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Shari
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
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SundayAtDusk
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
Amy
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!
Umi
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.
Scott
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.
Stephanie
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
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Alison
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley.com 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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Richard West
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
First, let me say that Michael Nesmith was my favorite member of the Monkees. Then, when he went off on his own and formed the Country-Rock group, The First National Band, I bought the album....and subsequent Nesmith albums. He was - musically - perhaps the most talented of the Monkees although he received less TV time than Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz. (Poor Peter Tork, he was almost there as an afterthought.) So, when I saw that Nesmith had penned an autobiography, I was excited, hoping to gai ...more
Eric
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've been a fan of Michael Nesmith for a long time. I like his music and I like his videos. I wish I hadn't read this book. It seems like when he's not just dropping names he's whining about all of his "first world problems". The most devastating thing for me was when he talked about writing two of my favorite songs of all time - Propinquity and Different Drum. He presents them as having been born out of despair - the High Lonesome he calls it. I read it as having been born out of self-pity and ...more
Michael
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The consensus rating so far (3.77 as of this writing) pretty accurately describes where I'd place this. The only thing I knew to expect from this memoir was the writing style -- anyone who follows Nesmith on Facebook is used to his erudite, articulate, and at times a bit prolix, writing style, which reveals a thoughtful, sometimes to a fault, and philosophical man, who still has big questions and an appreciation for the small wonders in life. I suppose the other thing I expected is that Nez woul ...more
Sara Planz
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Infinite Tuesday is a deeply personal and introspective memoir by Michael Nesmith. If you are looking for a tell-all about the Monkees, this is not the book for you. Nesmith discusses his family, friendships, marriages, successes and failures, and an incredible spiritual journey. The biggest takeaway from this book for me was his absolute perseverance in life. His desire to find new "bands" to w
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Daria Zeoli
I was a child in the eighties, so I grew up during the Monkees resurgence of that decade. While I considered myself a big fan of the band, Mike Nesmith was my least favorite Monkee. In my defense, I was under thirteen and he wasn't a lead singer.

If you are looking for a lot of details on the Monkees, you won't find it in this book. Instead, Nesmith tells of his path from Texas to Hollywood, and there's a lot here that I didn't know. His life has been interesting and led him in many directions wi
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Darcysmom
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I was tremendously excited to receive an ARC of Infinite Tuesday from Netgalley. I have fond memories of watching reruns of the Monkees as a little girl. I expected a light hearted, maybe slightly psychedelic faded celebrity memoir.
Infinite Tuesday had elements of what I expected, but it was more. I was surprised by the deep thoughtfulness and spiritual exploration that were the backbone of this book. I liked that he didn't gossip about his friendships, but spoke about them in the context of how
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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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