A biography of the guitarist, Peter, He deconstructs the myths about the Monkees and their music
The 60's were a time of change, the cultural revolution, wars, and myths. In music, we have seen the rise of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Who, and... the Monkees.
It can cause a sense of strangeness to a lot of people to add to this list by a band that is now remembered for having been made, and don't play their own instruments.
However, these statements are some of the myths mentioned in the previous paragraph, and which are desconstruídos in the book Love is Understanding – of The Life and times of Peter Tork and the Monkeesthe biography of Sergio Farias was launched by the publisher of the Portuguese-Chiado Books.
A little bit of history
Before I talk about the book itself, it's worth a little back in history in order to understand the phenomenon of the Monkees, which he did with the band in 1967, in the United States of america) to sell more recordings than the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones put together.
Jimi Hendrix was a musician for the opening of the touring band. Can you imagine?
In 1966, the Beatles were already the biggest musical phenomenon of the Earth. The invasion of the british bands took hold of the charts in the us and a counter attack approach.
One of the ideas that came up was the creation of a TV program, which mixed music with sign language for the young.
Thus, producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider placed an ad in a magazine looking for “the musicians in the folk and rock music) to interpret four of the boys, no holds barred, in a new TV series”. In this way, however, the Monkees — Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith.
The series has been a cutting-edge design, produced by young film-makers, has american TV, and is one of the cornerstones of the New World. Even the film's Head-it's iconic, even if it is the screenplay, written by Jack Nicholson, " says Sergio.
The foolish scholar
The choice of Peter Tork, who has just turned 67 years old, and that the serious was the court jester, it has been shown acertadíssima, as the player is in (in-person) in the picture, the story, the richest of the four Monkees, and the only one without a bio posted so far.
Peter was raised in the best musician in the band, as he played seven instruments, he had a background in classical music. In addition to this, he had his life more interesting. He lost everything, been arrested, struggled with alcohol and drugs, he explains, the starting.
This is the truth, the life of Peter, He has been on a roller coaster ride, going from young millionaire, successful musician and was invited to play in the first, a solo project of beatle George Harrison, an almost unheard of, and playing in the bars, the poor, and the parks are losing money to the internal Revenue service and was arrested for possession of drugs.
In the story, He is a typical case, and that is a lot of the stars of the 60's and 70's who have not figured out how to keep the after-peak-of-fame. With a wide range of projects that failed to take off, and a style of life incompatible with that of the disposable income.
Today, the music is clean of drugs, he recovered a part of the heritage, and is to concerts solo, with the band of the blues and, where appropriate, with the other monkees live (Davy Jones died in 2012), you can be sure that the road was not an easy one.
A series about a rock band?
The legend is that the Monkees were just actors and they interpreted this as the musicians in a rock band that was established and maintained, in large part, by the members of the band. In fact, it was the musicians and it had been his experience in the music business.
—We've all had some experience with this. Alice had produced a series of TV shows when I was a kid (Circus Boy), Mike, had already released a few singles, Davy was a part of the piece is Oliver, and he had even appeared on the " Ed Sullivan on the same day as the Beatles: rock band, and Peter has already participated in several bands, due to the author.
Today, they are admired by the superstars of rock music, such as the U2.
The musicians of x-Musicians
One of the major cultural differences between the british and the americans happened in relation to the musicians used in the recording process.
While in England, they were the very musicians who played the instruments on the recordings and in the United States, the most common practice was to hire studio musicians to do this on the basis of one of the songs.
So we came up with the famous group of talent called the Wrecking Crew (The class of the Demolition and that it was responsible for almost all of the successes recorded in the country, including the brilliant Pet Soundsof the Beach Boys).
In this group, were names such as Larry Knechtel, Leon Russell, David Gates, bass guitarist Carol Kaye and Glen Campbell.
So, to say that the Monkees were made because they did not play their instruments on the disk (s) is/was an argument to be the weakest. Or is it The Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds and the Beach Boys, and they made one?
This was the rule in the United States, and it is not easy to understand the reason for so much excitement when it was announced that the Monkees did not play their instruments on the recording sessions.
Unfortunately, a large part of the prejudice against the Monkees was created by the actual members of the band. To a mixture of ego, lack of companionship, and very little intellect, Mike, Davy, Micky and Peter, and they gave (and is giving) ammunition to his critics.
Were they the ones responsible for everything bad that has happened to the band and its reputation. Especially in this silly is the fact that do not play their own instruments, adds Sergio.
The time of the peak of the band's constant bickering and the neglect on the part of the media and the public is due, in large part, to the failure of the four Monkees.
Friendly fire seems to be going on today. Micky Dolenz, for instance, is not to repeat that, “the call of the Monkees, a band that is the same as saying that Leonard Nimoy became Mr, Spock”.
The composers of the first
Anyone who belittles the legacy of the band should know that the majority of his hits have been written by a constellation of stars of the world-renowned and respected all over the world.
After all, what can be said of such names as Carole King, Harry Nilsson, David Gates, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Neil Diamond, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller, or Neil Sedaka?
The choice of the time of composers, he was one of the reasons for the band to sell many records. They were not the only rostinhos beautiful. Their albums were quality, so that there will be detractors who will, most likely, never to be listened to with attention.
A series of hits in the
There is no escape from the songs that came on in the history of pop, such as "Last Train to Clarksville, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Goin’ Down, Daydream Believer the theme of the series (Theme from) The Monkees.
Although it's just a combination of He enters the hall of the great hits of the band For Pete's Sake the musician has always been considered to be the greatest potential, in spite of his limited ability as a singer. Unfortunately, his career never really took off.
Another fact that is little known to the public, is that you Peter He's ever been, and even did shows in Brazil, which is something the Monkees never did. That was in 2003, when it played twice in Sao Paulo. There has not been a great rebounding and passing through our country, it is remembered fondly by critics and fans alike.
Love is Understanding – of The Life and times of Peter Tork and the Monkees it is a record of a time when life was simpler, love was free, and the talents that seem to appear in any place, and in amazing amounts.
The story of Peter, He is engaging, eye-opening, and is delivered in text, light, descriptive, and humorous. For a great read.
Quote: **** ½
Love is Understanding – of The Life and times of Peter Tork and the Monkees
Number of pages: 396
Price: Us$ 9 (e-book) and$ 52 (physical edition)
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A version of this article was published in the Revista Ambrosia