Wherever you go, you find Monkees fans and the Denver Popular Culture Con was no different. Amid rooms full of caped crusaders and cosplay creations, I was initially not sure how many folks would attend a talk on a TV show from the 1960s – but happily I was met by a nice, engaged audience for my talk on Why the Monkees Matter – and afterward they bought books! What more could an author ask for?
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In the 70s we’re gonna be on Laugh In. At this point, Peter has left the band. Once the show is off the air Peter leaves the band. So now they’re trying to do it as a threesome. So check us out. Look at how much more Seventy-fied, hippy-ied their stuff is right? So they’re still being talked about in the ’70s. In the 80s, we’re gonna have the MTV Marathon Pleasant Valley Sunday. So a 20th anniversary of the show all of a sudden a new generation of kids are introduced to it. I have a photo of Rachel Maddow because she interviewed Peter after the death of Davy Jones and she said to him as a child of the 80s I learned what it was like to be a kid in the 60s through watching reruns of your show. That’s how I learned what it was like. I thought how interesting with that as it’s going through the decades and of course the Monkees as they toured today. They’re in New Zealand this week actually. It’s just Mike and Micky now. They will say that they have grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and the gettin down to great-grandmothers pretty soon. They have a very wide fandom, which is a big deal.
A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.
Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.
This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.
Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.
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