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circa 1968: Micky Dolenz, a drummer with the manufactured American pop group The Monkees wearing a turban. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

According to CNN, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is suing the FBI:  “The Monkees were investigated by the FBI for alleged anti-Vietnam war activities in 1967 related to a concert in which they flashed pictures and messages in protest against the conflict, according to the complaint filed by Dolenz.”   The FBI sent a representative to a 1967 Monkees concert who reported back that “subliminal messages” were being shared at the concert.

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is Suing The FBI: The Complaint –

Dolenz’s filed complaint says that the FBI also investigated all four members of The Monkees (Davey Jones, Peter Tork, Mike Nessmith, and Micky Dolenz) on a separate matter.  The files were redacted and Dolenz wants to see the files.  An excerpt from the lawsuit states, “This lawsuit is designed to obtain any records the FBI created and/or possesses on the Monkees as well as its individual members… Mr. Dolenz has exhausted all necessary required administrative remedies with respect to his [Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act] request.”  A portion of the FBI’s Monkees’ files were released a decade ago but much of the files are blacked out.  My favorite part of the file is this, “During the concert, subliminal messages were displayed on the screen which, in the opinion of _redacted name_, constituted ‘left-wing’ innovations of a political nature.”  You can check out the Monkees’ released FBI file HERE.

Micky Dolenz (the lone surviving member of The Monkees) wants to see the WHOLE file.  In June, Dolenz filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI pertaining to the files.  His complaint states that he did not receive a response.  As of now, the FBI has not commented on this case.

I LOVED The Monkees TV show when I was little.  If the reruns were on, I was THRILLED! My parents weren’t big into listening to music at home, so The Monkees were one of the first bands I was exposed to.  To this day, “Daydream Believer” is one of my favorite songs to butcher in Karaoke (you don’t have to sing well, you just have to sing.).  The Monkees had FOUR number one albums in 1967.  They had 20 songs hit the Hot 100 and three number one songs. Their TV show lasted just two sweet years, 1966-1968.

Here are The Monkees Top Ten Biggest Songs

  • #10 "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone"

  • #9 "D.W. Washburn"

  • #8 "Words"

  • #7 "That Was Then, This Is Now"

  • #6 "Valleri"

  • #5 Pleasant Valley Sunday"

  • #4 "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You"

  • #3 "Last Train to Clarksville" (number one)

  • #2 "Daydream Believer" (4 weeks at number one)

  • #1 "I'm a Believer" (7 weeks at number one)


    (written by Neil Diamond)