Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture

· McFarland
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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys--Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy. Capitalizing on the show's success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary. This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers. Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers' move into films such as Head, Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces.
3.0
6 reviews
A Google user
A very well-written, informative, insightful book about the influence of The Monkees on "Teenagers, Television, and American Pop Culture." I enjoyed it very much. Which Monkee was YOUR favorite? ;)
A Google user
This ER book was a disappointment to me. I expected the focus to be on the band, The Monkees, but it actually focused almost entirely on the TV show. The book read like a scholarly book that could be ...
A Google user
This wasn't what I expected - I think I saw that it was about the Monkees and didn't read the description. That said, I did like the book. There were many behind-the-scenes stories about each of the ...

About the author

Rosanne Welch teaches the history of screenwriting and one-hour drama for the Stephens College MFA in screenwriting. As a television writer/producer, her credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel. She serves as Book Reviews editor for Journal of Screenwriting and on the editorial board for Written By magazine. She lives in Van Nuys, California.

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