First National Band Redux rehearsals. Plus a very cool guitar find in the studio!
(Pics via Christian Nesmith and the Videoranch3D FB page.)
“I’ve noticed in my life that there are two kinds of pain in this life. One is the pain of growing up, and the other is the pain of refusing to grow up. And the pain of growing up changes, and there’s wonderful rewards attached to that—without drugs—and the pain of refusing to grow up is the same pain over and over and over again, and it never changes and there’s no rewards. But it seems easier to live without living, ‘cos life is tough. It’s a hassle to live.
Life is a pain, sometimes, and Lennon embraced the pain of his living. He struggles with issues like feminism and struggles with his own sexism and struggled with his own political understanding and strove to learn his own humanity. And he worked like hell, he worked hard and he gave it all he had and that’s awful rare. So that’s what made him special. Y’know, when Elvis died, well, Elvis dies, y’know, it’s too bad, it’s the death of a legend. But when Lennon died, a warrior went down.”
- Peter Tork, on the death of John Lennon
Nez strumming away during First National Band Redux rehearsals.
(Pic via Circe Link’s FB page.)
On Mondays, Nesmiths wear black.
(Pic via Jessica Nesmith’s FB page.)
so micky’s been captured and tied up, right?
so how the hell did his hair get combed flat again??
The henchman in the photo above moonlights as a Hollywood hairdresser and couldn’t help but fix Micky’s hair, as his personal credo is “Everyone Should Look Their Best, Even if They’re Under Duress.” Duh…
Hi there! Well, we’ve actually received this question before. Accounts vary, but some sources say that Peter and the Army had an ‘agreement’ that he was “unacceptable” and “crazy.” Unfortunately, in those days, “gay” and “crazy” were synonymous, as being gay was still classified as a mental illness in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) at the time. So that might have been what was meant by “crazy.” But supposedly yes, Peter did indeed tell the draft board that he was gay.
Everyone not in California:
Hey, folks! Someone with a username with either “beat” or “beatles” in it and a red avatar sent in a question about finding it interesting that Davy was the “heart throb” of the Monkees in the ‘60s, when everyone they asked said Mike was their favorite (but that might be because they live in the South). Tumblr (being Tumblr) somehow ate your question just as NP’s answer was being posted.
BUT…the answer has been salvaged, and can be read below:
Hah. Well, geography definitely could be a factor. Davy was specifically marketed as the “heartthrob” of the group in the ‘60s, because he was the youngest and most non-threatening in appearance. Mike would never have been cast in that light by the teen mags and other media because he was already married when the TV show started. He also did have a more “adult” look to him than the other Monkees–he was taller, hairier, and far more intense in his overall demeanor. So the young teenage girls who were the primary consumers of the show and music at the time may have found Mike to be intimidating, in that sense. However, yes, it certainly stands to reason that Davy’s Englishness would have more of an appeal in some areas than in others (especially if, yes, a hometown fella like Mike is part of the line-up).
Even more curious is how the paradigm has shifted since the ‘60s, with Mike becoming the favorite Monkee of teenage-ish female Monkees fans now, and Davy (seemingly) the least favorite, but that’s a whole other post for another time…
Aww…well that is very kind of you to say! Haha. And actually yes, Nez has stated what “St. Matthew” is about (which is a rarity, it seems like, because he’s usually so damn cryptic about everything). See the quote below (which comes from this article):
“It’s a song about Bob Dylan,” says Nesmith. “The lyrics ‘steal’ and ‘kneal’ are a reference to Dylan’s ‘She Belongs To Me.’ There’s a line in it, ‘You will start out standing, proud to steal her anything she needs/You will wind up peeking through a keyhole down upon your knees.’ The she is the St. Matthew I’m referring to, as it pertains to the biblical sense of the Holy Ghost as the central character in the Dylan song. I’ve often thought the song was prescient about his born-again phase. I could see that he was wandering into the areas of biblical representations of the Holy Ghost, and I was convinced at the time that he did not know he was doing that.In other words, I could see where the ideas were flowing from. It was interesting to me, but I didn’t ever expect anyone to understand it or try and communicate anything with it–it was just a little note that I wrote to myself in a way.”
But even though Nez has an explanation for this one (for once), don’t be afraid to say your theory (no matter how weird you think it is). After all, nothing can ever be as weird as Michael Nesmith’s actual brain is…
“We shot the whole thing in a swimming pool. RCA then said, ‘Paint out the tits! Don’t show their nipples.”
- Michael Nesmith on this photo, used for the gatefold for the vinyl of Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash (1973).
To all of our followers that celebrate: A very Happy (slightly belated) Thanksgiving, from Naked Persimmon!
RIP David Cassidy.
(Pic via Henry Diltz’s Instagram.)
RIP to David Cassidy, who sadly passed away today at age 67. David performed with both Micky and Davy during two separate Teen Idol Tours. :(
Oh dear actual god…
He looks so fucking pleased with himself.
If he starts growing the mutton chop sideburns again, I’m staging a fucking medical intervention, for real…
Oh dear actual god…
Sometimes you just need to see this picture again.
Random Monkees-Related Moment: Trailer for the new movie Lady Bird, and the song playing in the video here is none other then “As We Go Along”!
this is what you mean by Mike purchasing ‘ironically sized automobiles’ isn’t it.
This is an intriguing question. First of all, it is interesting because Mike and John had a friendship in real life, and were probably the most alike, of the Beatle-Monkee friendships. So their similarities probably caused clashes between them on certain levels, and we would hope neither of them gave the other marital advice.
That being said, I/we do not know a ton about John Lennon, but are aware of his treatment of Cynthia during the marriage. It is difficult to define “worse treatment,” because John seemed to be more physically abusive towards Cyn (as well as emotionally), and Mike was emotionally abusive (or at least distant, and probably not physical, as we cannot see him ever laying a finger on Phyllis).
Either way, both women went through a hell of a lot, being married to these men. It seems as though both men started off in life with deep insecurities, and as they became these rock star entities, the fame they experienced warped their perspectives drastically. But what it didn’t do is erase those insecurities, and both Mike and John had to find ways to deal with them–and they did, albeit very differently.
After publicly leaving Cynthia for Yoko Ono, John seemingly cut ties with Cyn and Julian completely, as you mentioned. The public nature of Cynthia’s humiliation lies in stark contrast to the private nature of Phyllis’. So while Cynthia was struggling with this in the limelight, bared for the world to see, Phyllis was living in her own private hell, and most probably didn’t have many people to talk to about it, because of how private her and Mike’s marriage was.
Mike, on the other hand, attempted to save his marriage to Phyllis. He was not a good father to Christian for a long time, nor to Jason (whom he refused to even acknowledge as his son for many years), but he seemed to love Phyllis and knew he’d made a mistake, and wanted to fix things. Unfortunately, it appears that Mike and Phyllis took the “Let’s have another kid to save our marriage” route (thus…Jessica), and sadly, that never really seems to work, and they finally divorced in 1972.
So, Mike’s awfulness toward Phyllis was never really directed directly at her…the cheating, impregnating Nurit, etc. He screwed up and hurt her terribly, but she was not the subject of his temper and his abuse in the way that Cyn was for John. This doesn’t exonerate him for his dirty deeds, of course, nor does it make it any better for Phyllis. But at the very least, Mike seemed to have been interested in preserving Phyllis’ dignity and reputation, whereas John had no qualms about tearing Cyn’s down.
So who got the worse deal? It’s hard to say. Both marriages were ultimately consumed by the flames of fame, arrogance, and ego. Both men chose poor coping mechanisms for their insecurities or the problems in their relationships, and all involved had to ultimately deal with the consequences.