please explain this gif of mike nesmith because i’m actually scared i’m crying
Hes going in for the kill
"i heard you were talkin’ shit"
Anyone else abso-effin-lutely in love with 1967 Monkees?
[Retrieved from the Monkees Live Almanac]
Sometimes, all you need in life is a reassuring nod from Mike Nesmith.
Nez playing the maracas for a change :]
It’s ma burfday !!!
So that’s how they did it! Actually… that’s more elegant than I had imagined. It’s the right tool for the material, and (if need be) the same round of pizza dough could be used again for another take.
(b&w photo courtesy Edmag Archives, by way of Monkees Live Almanac)
OMG!!! I just realized there’s a yellow Pyrex mixing bowl in that first shot!!!
One of my “mom bosses” gave me this today. She saw my phone case and was like, “oh I have something for you!!” Signed by Davy, Micky and Peter!
I can’t recall if I’ve ever read anything about this but I was wondering who knows the facts on The Monkees involvement with the Black Bear Ranch Commune in the 1960s.
It says The Monkees were one of a few famous bands/artists to give money to them so they could purchase the initial land and live.
"Free Land for Free People" was the motto.
Anyone have any info on this?
MY PEOPLE NEED ME
People of the Monkees Tumblr community! I want to talk.
Especially you ladies. We mostly have this corner of the fandom to ourselves, so I can speak a bit more freely.
Kids, we do not get to have it both ways. You see, as long as I have been in this fandom (and I’ve been in and out for more years than I care to remember), there has been a certain clique of people who have wanted to run the show and who want to steal the spotlight any chance they can to make sure we all know they’re the “superfans”. Some people kowtow to those sad little tin-pot dictators, some rebel against them, but most of us tune them out and make our own fun, because at the end of the day—it’s the fucking Monkees and not really worth going to war over. We sit around in our safe spaces, create awesome art, write books, tell jokes, and poke fun at the lamer folks in the fandom. 99% of the time that’s the smartest thing to do. But every once in a while, an opportunity like the Zilch! podcast comes around. An opportunity where, like Nez punching his fist through the wall, we can stage a coup and expand the definition of what a Monkees fan can be. But if we sit back and do nothing, then the podcast will be swamped with the same old voices and the same old anecdotes. My cohosts and I want better than that from the show, and I think we deserve better than that as a community.
I’m going to be coming to some of you in the next few days to recruit 3-4 panelists for an episode on Monkees fan culture that we’d like to record later this month. I’ll be running the show, and Ken will be running the recording. Not sure any of the other guys will be there but I suspect it’s gonna be, well, Justus. I’ve already gotten one yes (THANK YOU @smittygirl!), but I am really afraid that I’m going to hear a lot of hemming and hawing, a lot of “I’d love to, but…” or “I’m scared of public speaking…” or “Aren’t most male Monkees fans sexist pigs? I’d really rather not…”, or worst of all, “I probably shouldn’t come on because I’m not the “right” kind of fan”.
So, without further ado, here is my definition of definition of a “right” kind of Monkees fan.
1. You Like the Monkees.
2. You are not a (physical or virtual) stalker.
3. You don’t start Fan Wars.
If you meet those criteria, you represent an interesting underrepresented segment of Monkees fandom, and create interesting fandom-related “stuff” (A website, books, art, a really hopping community, etc), then I’ll consider you for this panel episode, or shorter appearances in the future. Full stop. And even if you think of yourself as “just an average fan” and not having anything worthy of saying on the podcast, I want you to consider joining the podcast’s rapidly growing facebook community. This isn’t self- aggrandizement (well, at least mostly it isn’t ;-) ). This is me looking at the photos of the Zilch Facebook group members and seeing a lot of first and second generation fans, a lot of males, and a lot of white complexions. We have a unique opportunity to bring ALL generations, genders, and races of Monkees fandom together and throw one hell of a (safe for work) party. And who knows? Just like four guys thrown together through an arbitrary audition process, despite surface differences we’re all brought together by an undefinable common spirit. Let’s celebrate that instead of questioning it.
I promise that the Monkees Fandom episode, and any in which I am involved, will be a safe space. No gotcha journalism, no trick questions—heck if I interview you you’ll know the topics you’ll be asked about in advance, and there will be NO MANSPLAINING. Ken and Company regularly say to me and on the show that they want the podcast to represent all of the fan community, and thus far their actions back up their words. In fact, as long as I am involved in the podcast (may it be a long time), I am going to hold their feet to the fire on that point. I have left this fandom before, I have no compunctions about doing so again if it doesn’t deserve my time, so I don’t have anything to lose by playing gadfly here. ALSO, I’m the de facto admin of the Zilch Facebook community. I’ve only had to speak softly so far, but I am drafting a code of conduct to post if it ever proves necessary, and I carry a BIG ban stick that I WILL use if necessary. Knowing our average daily download stats from NON-iTunes sources,This podcast is already almost frighteningly big. And knowing what you don’t about the guest list—interviews that are scheduled or already in the can—this show is most likely about to get MUCH larger. But I can’t do this alone, and more to the point I don’t want to. This is the part where ALL of you come in.
Not quite two years ago, pretty much by accident, I posted Gazpacho, Grief, and Gratitude in a fit of OMGWTFBBQ, and became a “name”. About a year after that, I wrote It was Easy Then to Know what was Fair, went out-and-out viral, and allegedly (though I still don’t quite believe this) short-circuited a fandom meltdown regarding the late Mr. Jones’ alleged financial shenanigans in 2011. And a few weeks ago, when I thought I was phasing out of active Monkees fandom, the Zilch crew pulled me back in. This fandom has given me some of the best friends I will ever have. It saved my sanity as a child, taught me how to write in my 20s, and helped me grieve in my 30s. I owe it to this community to leave the fandom a better place than I found it. But we need your help this time. Whether it’s a reblog of this post, joining us on facebook, or coming on the show itself to promote your book/art/website/whatever, Zilch will only be as good a show (and community) as the people who are involved. Finally, if you’re one of the people whom I’ve tagged below, you are one of the people in tumblr’s Monkees community whom I respect the most. I’d extra-especially appreciate a reblog, and if you have concerns about this project, please message me with them. I’d love the opportunity to explain why a overbooked librarian/PhD student thinks this is worth investing her time, how I overcame some early misgivings of my own, and why I think the Zilch Podcast might be worth your attention as well.
So, are you with me? If nothing else, if you reblog this post I’ll get you a shoutout on the show. ;-)
I’m tempted but I’m definitely a hem and hawer
Love *hearts popping*