Thursday, March 22, 2012

The MONKEES! "Tell The World We're Synthetic!" 1967 POST Article and Rare Pics!

Here it is! This is the SATURDAY EVENING POST article that rocked Monkeedom to its foundation in 1967! Though riddled with inaccuracies, this article purported to blow the whistle on the whole "Monkees don't play their own instruments" controversy! Although not kept a secret (since the group then was only a fictional TV band), this article stated the guys barely even sang on the tracks to their first two super-selling LPs! Not only did they sing (and contribute various instrumentation) on those early discs, the band did, of course, fight for (and win) the right to take charge of their musical destiny, producing some very forward-thinking power pop that holds up today! This piece is also notable for some great on-set canid pics, not only of the Monkees, but producers Bob Rafelson and the late Bert Schneider, as well as Jackie Cooper (tied into the comic book world as SUPERMAN'S "Perry White" in the 70s/80s movie franchise)! The article even discusses the early years of band merchandising, branding, and audio voice manipulation, practices in full force today! Click to enlarge!

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