Before the first gold record, before the first concert tour, before the Monkees racked up four number-one albums in a single year and outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, THE MONKEES was a half-hour TV show, airing Monday nights on NBC. Join a nostalgic viewer as she rediscovers the magical series of her childhood, exploring the episodes with a warm heart, a critical eye and a sentimental sensibility. From teeny bopper bubblegum to psychedelic experimentation, from matching blue eight-button shirts to eye-popping paisley, from playful romps to sophisticated performance videos, watch the sideburns grow and the love beads multiply as the revolutionary, rebellious little rock 'n' roll TV show cheerfully pokes the corporate network television machine and paves the way for boy bands, MTV and American Idol.
Monkee Magic: a Book about a TV Show about a Band provides insightful commentary about all 58 episodes of the original Monkees television series, as well as the feature film Head and the group's two stand-alone TV specials. With a wry sense of humor and just a little bit of affectionate snark, the author notes comedy highlights, running gags, nitpicks, obscure cultural references and inside jokes. It's a fresh view, a provocative analysis and a whimsical journey for dedicated Monkees fans and nostalgic boomers alike.
Iain Lee, broadcaster and Monkee Maniac:
At last, THE MONKEES TV series is given the respect and the detailed study it has long deserved. While their music is seen by many as timeless and classic, the onscreen antics of the pre-fab four have been criminally overlooked. Now the groundbreaking and innovative show is gathered together in one well written and passionate book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Being a Monkees fan can be a daunting thing growing up in the late 60s/early 70s (“you like the Monkees???!!!!)” It’s refreshing to see recent books on the Monkees, be they biographies/autobiographies, collections of memories from fans, and analyses/compendiums of their audio/visual works. And that brings me to Monkee Magic. Melanie Mitchell has reviewed the TV episodes and added some trivia that you may not have known or noticed, and touches on a few items that make you think and realize how different things were socially/politically in the sixties. Having watched the show purely for the enjoyment in the beginning, and then, as the show hit syndication periodically, watching and catching the in-jokes; noting the great character actors from TV (Burt Mustin!, Rose Marie!, Arlene Martel!) and movies (Lon Chaney, Jr! Stubby Kaye!), reading Monkee Magic and watching the shows again from another point of reference is so much fun! Add this book to your collection. It’s the perfect companion to the soon to be released Blue Ray series. Thank you, Melanie, for such a fun book!
I would like to get in touclh with the monkees they are my favorite people micky dolenz michael nesmith and peter tork i know they miss davy jones so do i davy jones was my mentor he makes me want to sing and dance i would like to do a benifit concert for davy jones he inspired me to go for my dream he is the greatest man i ever known in my whole intire life and l mean that from the bottom of my heart