The Mon­kees

The Washington Post Sunday - - BOOK WORLD -

The most as­ton­ish­ing thing about fic­tional mu­sic is how ef­fort­lessly it slips out of its nar­ra­tive con­text to join us in re­al­ity. In the case of the Mon­kees, the pre­tend rock band singing those songs be­came real, too. And that’s wild! Imag­ine if, say, an ac­tor play­ing Bat­man de­cided to leave Hol­ly­wood and give vig­i­lante jus­tice a try. But back in the ’60s, once the Mon­kees’ mu­sic be­came more pop­u­lar than their tele­vi­sion show (a comedy about the misad­ven­tures of an un­suc­cess­ful rock band, funny enough), there was no turn­ing back.

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