Coast to Coast - September 15 2017 - Michael Nesmith Life & Times - Open Lines

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DATE:   Friday - September 15, 2017
HOST:   Dave Schrader
GUESTS: Michael Nesmith, Open Lines

The Monkees TV show debuted over 50 years ago. The guy in the band who always 
wore a winter hat, Michael Nesmith, joined guest host Dave Schrader (email) to 
discuss his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday, which chronicles his eclectic life, 
his invention of the music video, his contributions to movies, comedy, and 
virtual reality, as well as his time in The Monkees. "[The memoir] started to 
come together in a way that I realized this is not a tell-all... it's critical 
path that it be perfectly and meticulously honest in every turn, so you can't 
hide anything," he said.

About 400 people tried out for a role on The Monkees TV show, Nesmith recalled, 
noting how the script had named each of the four lead characters but after he, 
Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones were cast the producers chose to use 
their real names. Nesmith suggested the originality of the show idea, television 
as a relatively new medium, and the individuals involved in production created 
something that could not be repeated (even though there have been attempts). 
"There's something embedded in the early shows that made it eternal, made it 
persist," he said.

Nesmith recounted his disappointment in finding out the show runners had no 
plans to use his songs in the show or on the albums. According to Nesmith, music 
supervisor Don Kirshner had prohibited The Monkees from recording their own 
albums but the show's producers went to bat for them, imploring they be allowed 
to play if they could. The group went on to learn the songs and play them live 
to massive crowds, and Nesmith got to write a few songs too. Regarding the 
craziness that ensued when The Monkees took the stage, Nesmith admitted: "Mickey 
and I couldn't hear each other at all... he watched the heel of my boot to see 
what time I was keeping."

Open Lines followed in the latter half of the program.


Infinite Tuesday