‘Now I’m a Believer’: Inside the FBI’s FBI Drummer Micky Dolenz’s Monkees Suit

The last surviving member of Monkees, drummer and singer Mickey Dolenz, confronts the FBI. Dolenz, 77, has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, seeking the release of a file the FBI kept on the rock band during late sixties. as such Washington Post The file reportedly contained notes by FBI agents about “subliminal messages” on a screen at one of their concerts, depicting racial equality protests and “anti-US messages regarding the war in Vietnam.”

Agent whose name has been deleted from the file part publicly availableHe described the so-called subliminal messages at the Monkees party as “left-wing interference of a political nature”.

A decade ago, the FBI file on Monkees was declassified. However, the public document Significantly revised, almost illegible, Dolenz searches for the complete uncensored person. As Dolen’s attorney Mark S. Zaid Washington Post“If the documents are still out there, I fully expect we’ll learn more about what prompted the FBI to target the Monkees or those around them.”

The Monkees were assembled by television producers in the 1960s, hoping to capture some of the successes of modern British bands such as the Beatles. The redacted FBI file He describes the Monkees television show, which ran from 1966 to 1968, as “highly successful, featuring four young men dressed in ‘beaten-style’ clothes and oriented primarily towards the teen market.” The file also misspels the band’s name.

Confronted by actor/singer Davy Jones, among whom is the talent of Michael Nesmith and Peter Turk Together with Dolenz, the Monkees made several first hit songs, including “I’m a Believer” and “The Last Train to Clarksville”.

It was the hit song, catchy, upbeat, upbeat, and melodic that Dolenz said in 2016 rolling rock The interview is “about a guy who goes to war. Honestly, it’s an anti-war song. It’s about a guy going to Clarksville, Tennessee, which is a military base if I’m not mistaken. He’s clearly being recruited and he’s saying to his girlfriend, ‘I don’t know if I’m going home’.” Not at all.”…I was always surprised that the record company released it unless it was past their heads.”

It was not made public why the FBI was specifically monitoring the squad and those close to them. But as rolling rockwho broke the lawsuit’s story, wrote: “The Monkees were one of America’s most popular bands in 1966 and 1967, and they sprinkled anti-war sentiment into songs like ‘Ditty Diego-War Chant.'”

Zaid said rolling rock“The Monkees is the opposite, especially in their later years with projects like [their 1968 art house movie] “The Cape,” a counterculture of whatever institutional power was at the time. . . And the [J. Edgar] The Hoover FBI, in the 1960s in particular, was notorious for monitoring the counterculture.”

Zedd has personal reasons for representing Dolenz, and he does so for nothing. He was exposed to the Monkees as a kid in the ’70s, after his babysitter gave him all of the band’s albums, attended the Monkees reunion tour in 1986, and watched the band live about eight times. “I literally mean that’s fun for me” Zedd, a Litigation expert in the Freedom of Information Act who was a member of the team representing the whistleblower in Donald Trump Ukraine scandal of 2019Tell Washington Post.


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Dolenz’s lawsuit comes on the heels of a similar lawsuit brought by Angelina Jolie. the subject The FBI is suing In order to release a file in which she testified to investigators about abuse allegedly committed by her husband, actor Brad Pitt, against her and her children. Like Dolenz, Jolie had previously received a copy of the file, but it had been heavily redacted. It is also seeking to obtain the complete unedited file.

Months ago, Dolenz attempted to access his file via a Freedom of Information Act request. The FBI did not comply within 20 business days of filing, as required by law, which Zaid said meant a court date was imminent. “It’s not just a fishing trip,” Zeid said. rolling rock. “I mean, we’re still fishing, but we know there are fish in the water.”

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