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The book brings back the Monkees at the top of the pop-rock band

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.

O livro recoloca a carreira dos Monkees no seu devido lugar

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.

Tork - Um filho da era Flower Power

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.

Livre das drogas e sem dívidas com a Receita Federal

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).

No auge da fama, em meados da década de 1960

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.

Friendly fire

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.

O autor e os três Monkees vivos: Peter, Mike e Micky

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.

Document history

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.

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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

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What is the best Amazon for the collector's disc?

The answer may be very different, depending on the situation

The collectors of the disk, the species at risk of extinction, especially in Brazil, impacted by the releases of increasingly larger and more expensive and difficult to find them around here. The solution is to look to the web sites of the shops on the outside, or the Ebay Market for Free.

But it is misleading to think that all of Amazon's are the same. The shops are located in different parts of the world have a policy for prices, shipping and taxes are different. This is the detail – mainly taxes – can make all the difference in the time to make your purchase.

With this in mind, we have decided to write this post, and that's going to give you tips on how to choose the best store to buy a CD/DVD/blu-ray/book. And, to make things easier for your life just send us an e-mail to or leave a comment with the title of the item you want to buy, we do the research and send you the link for you, free of charge!

Brazilian x foreign

As we talk about, it's not always easy to find releases the conventional in Brazil, much less in the special editions, or limited runs. Usually, when you find it, the prices are ridiculous and rely on buying out there, this is one more option that you want.

As we do not have stores such as Music Boulevard or The CD Now (both of which are swallowed the Amazon), the solution is to appeal to the giant, which has stores in virtually every major market in the USA, Canada and several countries in Europe and the united states).

The difference in price

What is surprising is that it's a chain, international, and online) to practice at different prices for several of its subsidiaries, including promotional plans that are specific to only one country.

Therefore, it is not hard to find at Amazon Germany, that has ever existed in the brother, in English or in French, for example. There is no other solution but to search for!

The work can be boring and time-consuming, but it is worth it ― remembering that we can do this for you for free! Usually, the price variation comes in up to 10%.

In addition, the differences in the policy for the collection of taxes, and a variety of options for shipping it can make all the difference between spending too much or too little of it.

Income tax advance x bet for in the Recipe

Maybe not everyone, but a majority of of these products, including CDs, DVDs, and blu-ray they are subject to a tax of up to 60 per cent of its value, and if the order exceeds$ 50. This does not include textbooks, which are free, it's good to say it. But it's not always you're charged a fee.The internal Revenue service makes its assessments on a sample basis, and, in addition to this, you will your money go in the hands of a tax kind.

The problem is that some of the Amazon ― especially in the United States have put in place a strategy for a both the controversy for orders to be delivered in the country: the advanced collection of taxes and customs duties.

This position has two immediate consequences: - you will receive your order fast, as is the process with the irs is almost non-existent, and the pay as well as the more expensive products, without the chance of having a luck will not be charged a fee.

As the price of Amazon US, they are not as cheap as it is as an option only for books or items you want/need to get to quickly. If not, look for it in English first.

DHL, the x-iParcel

One other very important item at the time of the closing of your purchase and the shipping method. There are several options, from standard delivery (no tracking number), to express (usually via DHL).

However, the best part is ― in the opinion of the collector, using the option the middlewhere do you have a tracking number and it does not go through the DHL or tnt.

The reason for this? DHL is a lot faster, but it tends to make the collection of taxes and the way that discovery (as well as Amazon, US). The shipping, the intermediate that is, in the majority of cases, be done by the method of i-Parcelthe UPS is a company that is reliable.

Most of the time, the choice is up to you.

Amazon BR

The The Amazon in the brazilian it may be a good option for people who don't want to be looking for multiple sites, in multiple languages. The prices may be a little bit higher, and the range of products are the smallest, but it should not be ruled out.

Don't let the search for

At the conclusion of this paper is to: be sure to search for. It's not always a better price for the product, it means the lower the final price of your purchase.

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A biography of the Beatles, the 50th anniversary of the

On the eve of the re-release of the version to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the White Album, For the Life of the Beatles., the only biography authorized by the Beatles, continues to be a must-read

The Beatles broke up officially in 1970. So, it's amazing the effect that music, and the attitude of the band and take over the world.

Several good (and several bad) books have been written about the group, but one of them is still a must.

The Beatles in Brazil, the first edition was published with the title: For the Life of the Beatles. — this is the only biography authorized by the band, and the only one in which the author actually spent time with the band throughout its career, experiencing real events and not only by the testimony of a third party.

A little bit of history

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Hunter Davies today, a well respected lord, the 82-year-old (who is recovering from a surgery for the placement of three bridges on the bypass), and is the author of a number of books on tourism, sports, and, of course, the Beatles, the — I was a young journalist working for the Sunday Times, when it has received the green light from their Interviews to write a biography of the greatest band of all time.

So, after I have suggested to Paul McCartney's use of the idea of the book in 1966, in the midst of the revolution, the psychedelic, and the beginning of the recording of the beatles ' Sgt. Pepper's, but OK, the ending was only on the 25th of January 1967, when Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever they were already finished.

They all knew that Pepper would be something different and it's great. Paul was definitely not in control. At this time, John was getting bored with the band and becoming a lazy-bones to me, " said Davis.

Posted on September 30, the book became the only biography of the band, on account of a clause (as suggested by Brian Epstein), which guarantee that no other writer would have had access to the Fab Four for over two years. As they did in the 1970's...

Fool on the Hill

Among the big stories in the book, is the day that John said to Paul to record a demo of that song on the face of the mountain, and I replied that it was not going to forget about it. In the end, Fool on the Hill if it was one of the best known songs of the Beatles.

— I've spent many an afternoon with them in the studio while they were recording Sgt. Pepper's, and also at home, looking at Paul, and John, for giving life to the songs. Unfortunately, I never recorded any of them. I wrote it all in 30, small notebooks, and, now, I can't even begin to understand my father — he revealed He.

Getting Better

The other point that is a cause of envy to the admirer of the music of the Beatles, the description of the creation of the Getting Bettertoday, one of the stories mentioned by Paul McCartney.

I was there from the very beginning of the composition. I was walking with Paul, and when he came up with the idea for the first time. It was also in Cavendish Avenue home, Paul McCartney, when he and John chose the words and the rhymes on the song, noted by the author.

White Album

I went with them to India when they have been found in the Tm. The very best of the rodies were left behind, and I've been in a car with them, and Mick Jagger, and Marianne Faithfull. It was there he wrote most of the songs on the White Album — he recalled.

The disk is now 50 years old it is, in many ways, the breaking point for the band, mainly due to the presence of a certain amount of japanese.

I met Yoko before John. One day (in 1967) and she called me telling me that he was making a movie, and if I toparia to participate in. The problem with this is that it was a movie about butt naked. So, I made an excuse and declined the invitation, — said the journalist.

In the house of the Hunter-Davis (October, 2013). Photo: Jo Nunes

And, in spite of the camaraderie that Giles Martin is said to have found the tapes that you listened to in order to produce the version special Album-Whitethat comes out in the next 9 days, that is not in the memory of the Hunter-Davis.

— Under 68, the only thing that seemed to be like being a beatle was Paul. He used to live in a house by the side of the room, while John and Ringo used to live right away (in Weybridge) and George's in Esher, not very far away from them, he recalled.

This may explain why all the things that happened after that resulted in the separation of the group.

Bouncing John Lennon and George Harrison

In his now-famous interview with Rolling Stone magazine (1970) as John mentioned in the book, He how to bullshit (shit).

I called John in 1971, shortly after the interview was published, he told me with a laugh: “You know me, I talk about the things that I have in my head. Hunt. Neither Paul or Ringo had any objections to the book, even though George may have been caused by me not to have written more about his views on hinduism, and religious and spiritual beliefs, the things that I felt I didn't fit in the book and it showed.

Other books

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Hunter Davies is known for the the biography of the Beatles, but his connection with the band goes far beyond that. He wrote (and still writes) a number of other titles, in relation to the group. The two of them are especially important, and special.

The Lyrics of the Beatles. this is the book in which He reveals himself to the world in a series of manuscripts with the versions (many of the original lyrics of the songs of the Beatles, some written on napkins and even on the back of the card for his birthday. Are the pictures showing.

The other is the title of the The Letters of John Lennon (The John Lennon Lettersin the original, where it reveals a series of notes, letters and postcards written by Lennon to the assistants, friends, and fans.

In brazilian, high

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At the john Lennon Letters, and the Brazilian wins a special mention at two different times. If He shows you some of the rarities in the Lizzie Bravo the brazilian-who has recorded the backing vocals for the song Across the Universe. and when she tells the story of a a certain fan of rio, to which john Lennon wrote three postal cards between November 1979 and January 1980.

Worth to check it out.

Therefore, if you are a fan of the Beatles, haven't read the biography, authorized, and believe me, it is still a must-read, even if there is no other evidence the most comprehensive of the phenomenon, which up to now influence the world.

The book reveals for the feast that marked the end of an Era Cabral

The work of the journalist, Silvio Barsetti, it is a reading environment, and provides details of frightening the party, which marked the beginning of the end of the dynasty, in Rio de Janeiro

Definitely, the Culture is not restricted to the areas which are commonly agreed by the majority of the people in music, film, theatre, poetry, prose, novel, etc. A good search can produce a work that counts, even if it is about politics or something like that.

Read the surrounding

With the Surge of the cocktail Napkin, The last dance it Was Cabralit is a book engaging, and at the same time it's scary. The journalist Silvio Barsetti found the detail that you leave any reader open-mouthed, especially in the lead up to an election.

Out of the 150 pages of text that can be eaten in a few hours and show times, which may not be repeated. It does not matter what the bias of the electorate, it is their responsibility to avoid having a déja-vu.

The River was in Paris

For those of you who haven't connected the dots, The Party of the Napkin it was the name of the party, which was promoted by Sergio Cabral Filho, governor of Rio de Janeiro, held in the mansion house in the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris in 2009.

The the gravy train sponsored by Cabral & Cia. is part minunciosamente. The guests, the meal, the conversations, the advisors who has helped in the preparation of the event, and even those who were in charge of covering up everything, you see.

After all, you know that you have been spending$ 1.5 million to the party and have drunk 300 bottles of wine and sparkling wine (French, of course), they are just as important as knowing who you drank from it.

The enemy is dangerous

Today, it's easy to remember that this holiday was one of the triggers for the arrest of the former governor, and several of its employees, but it will be for people to remember those who lit the wick of it all?

Believe me when I say it was the ex-governor and ex-ally, Anthony, Boy, figure it to be controversial.

It's been three years between the party and the announcement of the first photo, but, as they say, revenge is a dish that is eaten cold.

The inside of the hall

Probably the two greatest strengths of the book is to have a narrative that puts the reader almost inside the hall where the feast was held, and don't be swayed by the temptation to talk about the many shenanigans of the gang.

As important as it is to learn the ins and outs of the behind-the-scenes film of the saga, Star wars, or reading the biography of one of the biggest stars of the rock music, it's how the story happened and what can I do to prevent it happening again.

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With the Surge of the cocktail Napkin, The last dance it Was Cabral
Author: Silvio Barsetti
Publisher: book Machine
Number of pages: 176
Price: R$ 39,90

The brazilian rose on the purchase of second-hand books

Books and cars are in the used products acquired in the last 12 months, reveals a study of the CNDL/SPC-for Brazil in September

In a country where the rate of read and write is not enough, and the editors are suffering with the low number of copies sold, and it is an encouragement to know that all the books are in the used products acquired by brazilians.

In a country built on men and books“. In the sentence, an adaptation of the award of the literary and the theme of the business of the Library is in the Army and served as a basis for the formation of a generation that was reading one of the foundation stones of their education.

The leader of sales

In the books, and were responsible for 54% of all sales of the products that are used in the fall of 2017, at the front of the car (43 percent), according to a survey conducted by the National Confederation of Shopkeepers (CNDL) and for the Service of Credit Protection (SPC in Brazil).

I don't know if that means that people are reading more, but it is a fact that should be celebrated in any way. Even more so, if we were to take into account the fact that most of the goods available for sale during the period was made up of electronics (40%) and smartphones (40%).

The research shows that there is the opportunity to reduce costs and to save on is one of the goals of the majority of people who choose to acquire the products you use. Among those who have bought or sold used goods in the past 12 months, and 65% to calculate the savings, 41% in the case of a purchase, and 24% of sales. Of these, nine (92%) out of every ten consumers believe that saving money by buying used, it was important to the pocket. The websites and / or applications and specialized in touch with friends and acquaintances out of the premier places to buy and sell your used.

Your search

The survey interviewed 824 consumers of both genders, all social classes, the capital of the country and is above 18 years of age. The margin of error is up to a maximum of 3.4 points on the margin of confidence of 95%.

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