In­fi­nite Tues­day: An Au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal Riff

Michael Ne­smith

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Per­cep­tive au­to­bi­og­ra­phy from ‘the smart Mon­kee’.

“The rage of im­po­tence, feel­ing like a mar­i­onette on the end of a string… be­gan to in­crease daily and weirdly with ev­ery roy­alty check and ev­ery new girl throw­ing her­self on the hood of the car,” Michael Ne­smith notes in this fas­ci­nat­ing mem­oir of his ex­pe­ri­ence in The Mon­kees. And while he has gen­uine af­fec­tion for the group and TV show cre­ators Bob Rafel­son and Bert Sch­nei­der, his snipes on-set fu­elled by what he calls his “celebrity psy­chosis”, the be­lief in his own im­por­tance as his star as­cended, put “a dis­tance” be­tween them. He wasn’t much hap­pier in coun­try rock­ers the First Na­tional Band – “when [1970 de­but] Mag­netic South was re­leased, it was the first time I stared into the abyss”. There is light, though. Friend­ships with Ti­mothy Leary and Dou­glas Adams bring en­light­en­ment; the thrill of hear­ing Hen­drix play be­came the cat­a­lyst for his multi-me­dia plat­forms. Lois Wil­son

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