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(Pic via the Monkees Live Almanac.)
Truefacts: Almost all Monkees fanboys needs to sit down and take a long look at their lives and choices before even considering judging female fans for theirs.
The Monkees became popular due to teenage girls and were considered a joke and a fake band until a few years ago when finally men at music magazines decided to give them a second-look and it makes me mad that something isn’t considered legitimate or real or worth caring about until men say it’s acceptable.
ALL OF THIS. Not to mention that this same issue is still reflected in how a lot of male Monkees fans perceive and interact with female fans, many of whom were once those same teenage girls, but are now grown women. A “serious” fan is often categorized as someone who is a collector, who owns every different version of a certain album or single or rarity, and who is also encyclopedic in the most obscure Monkees trivia tidbits. Time and again, it seems like anyone who does not fit these criteria is dismissed by these “serious” fans…but sadly, if a person fits that criteria and happens to be a woman, she’s frequently still dismissed because of the (unfounded) assumption that a female fan is going to care about the musician being “hot” first and foremost (or only that). So, so ridiculous.
Guys. it would be great if you could give me some feedback on this report I’m doing. The information in it is all true, but I mainly wrote it down so I could have reminders of what I’m talking about. (I won’t actually be reading it from the projector screen, I’m using the info as flashcards instead of actual flashcards because I plan on bringing vinyls instead.)
Very cool visually. Not sure if I would include the info about Peter’s orgies depending on how old you are haha. Also, I disagree with the comparison of Micky/John Lennon and Nez/George Harrison, since Nez was definitely not quiet and was the primary force in their musical independence from Kirshner. That’s all I have for advice:)
Echoing and agreeing with PJ’s comments above, but also adding that you mentioned all of the Monkees’ real names except for Mike’s. Not sure if that was intentional, but if you wanted to include it, it’s Robert Michael Nesmith. Also, the newspaper ad actually went out in 1965, not 1966, and Mike was the only one who answered it (Davy already had a contract, Micky had a private audition, and Peter was recommended by his good buddy and fellow auditioner Stephen Stills). As to what PJ said about mentioning Peter’s orgies, the same goes for including the info about them smoking lots of marijuana in the second season (may not be appropriate for a school presentation). Other than that, it all looks great!
You folks may remember the post we made in regard to the impending sale of Davy Jones’ house in Beavertown, and the harassment that the Realtor was receiving from Monkees fans as a result. Well, we also made a post on the NP Facebook page about it, and today we received a lovely message from the Realtor herself, Melissa, who thanked us (and all of our fans!) for sticking up for her in the comments on that post.
Melissa told us that almost all of the Monkees fans she has heard from have been kind and supportive of the Jones family (which unfortunately the newspaper article neglected to mention), and that she feels that the negativity of a small minority of Monkees fans do not at all reflect poorly on the majority, who are lovely and decent people. She also said to us that the negative comments say more about the person making them than they do about her or her job, and we highly agree with this statement, as it applies not just to this particular situation, but to many others that we all face in life.
So a very big “Thank you!” to Melissa the Realtor for messaging us with such kind words, and an equally big “Thank you!” to all of you guys for truly being the best darn Monkees fans we at NP could ask for. Yay!!
Why would they put that caption on this picture? Even Micky looks like, “Yeah…I wouldn’t believe me if I were you. Kinda high right now. Yep.” (From the February 1968 issue of Fave.)
(Pic via the Monkees Live Almanac.)