Michael Nesmith

musician, songwriter, actor Michael Nesmith

Robert Michael Nesmith is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the musical group The Monkees and co-star of The Monkees TV series (1966-1968). Nesmith is notable as a songwriter, including "Different Drum", and as executive producer of the cult film Repo Man (1984). He also is credited with creating the genre of the music video.
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Michael Nesmith to revisit post-Monkees country rock work in First National Band shows
LATimes - 4 months
Country-rock pioneer Michael Nesmith will revisit the critically acclaimed solo albums he made after his exit from the Monkees in 1969 with a pair of Southern California shows in January. The shows are themed Michael Nesmith & the First National Band, the name of the group he assembled for the...
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Michael Nesmith On 'Infinite Tuesday' And Touring With Hendrix
NPR - 10 months
In his new memoir, the one-time member of The Monkees recalls befriending John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, who opened for the band on a 1967 tour. (That didn't last long.) (Image credit: Henry Diltz/Courtesy of the artist)
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Monkees' Michael Nesmith spins 'an autobiographical riff' in 'Infinite Tuesday'
LATimes - 11 months
The signs were there pretty early on, had anyone been paying attention, that the young Texas kid who eventually would be dubbed “the smart Monkee” was, well, traveling to the beat of his own drummer. “When I was fourteen, I applied for a job at the music store … and I was refused,” Michael Nesmith...
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Michael Nesmith joining the Monkees' 50th anniversary stop in L.A.
LATimes - over 1 year
The Los Angeles homecoming stop next month on the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour will include all three surviving members of the made-for-TV band, guitarist, singer and songwriter Michael Nesmith confirmed Friday. In a post to his Facebook followers that also strongly suggested it could be his...
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The Monkees' Michael Nesmith 'Thrilled' With New Album
ABC News - almost 2 years
The band released its first album in 20 years.
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Q&A: Filmmaker Alex Cox on 'Tombstone Rashomon,' 'Repo Man,' and 'Sid and Nancy'
Huffington Post - about 2 years
When tallying the adjectives used to describe filmmaker Alex Cox, the term "maverick" is probably at the top of the list. This is an accurate word to describe him, given that his movies are about wily repo men on hot pursuit of a $20,000 reward for a possessed '64 Chevy Malibu that zaps to death the people who open its trunk, a love story of two punk junkies on their last legs, as well as a Spaghetti Western spoof high on surrealistic violence and short on tempers (and that's just his first three features). Collaborating with the likes of immortals Joe Strummer, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Elvis Costello, Cox was able to get more rock stars in a room than a gaggle of groupies. In late 1987, he directed Walker, a biopic of American soldier of fortune and filibuster William Walker, who invaded Mexico in the 1850s and made himself President of Nicaragua shortly thereafter. Cox threw in modern anachronisms (Walker appears on the covers of Newsweek and Time; Zippo lighters ignite; a M...
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Daydream Believers
Huffington Post - over 4 years
At the start of November 1966, The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with Last Train to Clarksville, the group's first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had played on this or most of the group's early recordings. Are we bothered? So, where did these four cheeky, floppy-haired wannabes come from? In September 1965, the Hollywood Reporter ran the following advertisement: "Madness folk and roll musicians, singers wanted for acting roles in new TV show. Parts for four insane boys." The Monkees were born. These were the days when the seeds of Pop Idol and X Factor had yet to germinate in the mind of a five-year-old Simon Fuller. Englishman Davy Jones was a former jockey who had achieved some initial success on the musical stage (in 1964, Jones appeared with the cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show the night of the Beatles' live American debut). Texan Michael Nesmith had served a brief sti...
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Concert Review: Michael Nesmith at The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, November 2, 2013
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Michael Nesmith provided a great night of superior music, camaraderie, and good feeling at The Variety Playhouse.
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Music previews for the week of August 14-20. WEDNESDAY 8/14 YEAH YEAH YEAHS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR (Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) See My, What a Busy Week! CLOUD CONTROL, ELLIS PINK, SWAHILI (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Cloud Control. INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW: THE ZAGS, DON'T, 302, THE LONESOMES, ANNY CELSI, CHRISTOPHER REYNE (Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Local power-pop up-and-comers the Zags have only been around since the beginning of the summer, but their lone recording, the can't-believe-it's-not-Squeeze "It's Over," has already earned them a considerable amount of buzz among this city's pop litterateurs. While it's difficult to write extensively about a band with such a limited output, it's easy to see the Zags' star-spangled trajectory: clocking in at just over two minutes (if you need any longer than that to make your point in the realm of pop music, you're doing it wro...
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On the Road Again: The Monkees, after Davy
USA Today - over 4 years
Hey, hey, it's Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.
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Q&A: Michael Nesmith on His Recommitment to the Monkees
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
People have a lot of misconceptions about Michael Nesmith They think he resents being known as the Monkee in the green wool hat They think he's a recluse They think he had some sort of feud with Davy Jones and they think he retired from music a long long time...
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Michael Nesmith On World Cafe
NPR - over 4 years
Best known as the tall, hat-wearing Monkee, Nesmith discusses a few of his own popular songs. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Despite not touring with Dolenz and Tork for The Monkees' 50th anniversary reunion in 2016, Nesmith contributed vocally and instrumentally to the Monkees album Good Times!
  • 2015
    According to his May 2015 interview on Gilbert Gottfried's podcast, someone showed him a copy of the famous press advertisement asking for "four insane boys" so he applied for the job.
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  • 2014
    In 2014, he guest-starred in Season 4, Episode 9 of the IFC comedy series "Portlandia" in the fictitious role of the father of the Mayor of Portland, Oregon.
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  • 2012
    In 2012, Nesmith briefly toured Europe prior to re-joining The Monkees for their tours of the United States.
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  • 2011
    Whitney Brown on March 4, 2011, in a ceremony officiated by Nesmith.
    In 2011, Nesmith returned to producing, working with blues singer/guitarist Carolyn Wonderland.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Nesmith's second novel The America Gene was released in July 2009 as an online download from Videoranch.com.
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    He performed live inside Videoranch 3D on May 25, 2009.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    On February 3, 1999, a jury awarded Nesmith and his company Pacific Arts $48.875 million in compensatory and punitive damages, prompting his widely quoted comment, "It's like finding your grandmother stealing your stereo.
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  • 1995
    Nesmith said he would be interested only if noted pedal steel player Orville "Red" Rhodes was part of the project; Nesmith's musical partnership with Rhodes continued until Rhodes's death in 1995.
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    In 1995, Nesmith was again reunited with the Monkees to record their studio album (and first to feature all four since Head), entitled Justus, released in 1996.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Nesmith appeared again in 1989 with Dolenz, Tork, and Jones when the Monkees received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.
  • 1988
    In 1988, following the ending of this second marriage, he returned to Los Angeles where he met Victoria Kennedy. They moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1992 and then returned to Carmel, California, in 2000. They were married in April 2000 in Monterey, California. They separated in 2011 and Kennedy filed for divorce.
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  • 1987
    In a 1987 interview for Nick Rocks, Nesmith stated, "When Peter called up and said 'we're going to go out, do you want to go?' I was booked.
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  • 1986
    However, he did appear during an encore with the other three members at the Greek Theatre on September 7, 1986.
  • 1982
    Nesmith won the first-ever Grammy Award given for (Long-form) Music-Video in 1982, for his hour-long Elephant Parts and also had a short-lived series on NBC inspired by the video called Michael Nesmith in Television Parts.
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  • 1981
    In 1981, Nesmith won the first Grammy Award given for Video of the Year for his hour-long television show, Elephant Parts.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    In a 1980 interview with Playboy he said of that time, "I had to start telling little tales to the tax man while they were putting tags on the furniture."
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    He continued to feel the financial bite for years afterwards, until his inheritance from his mother's Liquid Paper fortune in 1980 eased those concerns.
  • 1976
    In 1976, he married Kathryn Bild.
  • 1974
    In 1974, Nesmith started Pacific Arts Records and released what he called "a book with a soundtrack," titled The Prison, as the company's first release.
  • 1972
    Also, in 1972, Nesmith and Phyllis were divorced and he moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
    Circa 1972, Nesmith started the record label Countryside Records with Jac Holzman, the founder of Elektra Records.
  • 1970
    Phyllis's third child, and Nesmith's fourth, daughter Jessica, was born in September 1970.
    Nesmith wrote most of the songs for the band, including a single titled "Joanne" that received some airplay and was a moderate chart hit for seven weeks during 1970, rising to number 21 on the Billboard Top 40.
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  • 1969
    In 1969, Nesmith formed the group First National Band with Kuehne, John Ware and Red Rhodes.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Nesmith's third son, Jason, was born in August 1968 to Nurit Wilde, whom he met while working on The Monkees TV series.
    When The Monkees TV series ended in 1968, Nesmith enrolled part-time at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and studied American History and Music History.
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  • 1965
    In October 1965, Nesmith landed the role as the wool hat-wearing, guitar player "Mike" in The Monkees TV series, which required real-life musical talent (writing, instrument playing, singing, recording, and performing in live concerts as part of The Monkees musical band).
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  • 1963
    While in college, Nesmith began to write more songs and poetry, and after he and Phyllis married in 1963, the two of them decided to move to Los Angeles so Nesmith could pursue his songwriting and singing career.
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  • 1962
    While in the Air Force, Nesmith obtained a G.E.D. and was discharged under honorable conditions in 1962.
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  • 1960
    Without graduating from high school, Nesmith enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960.
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  • 1949
    Nesmith was enrolled in the Dallas public school system in 1949, at the age of six.
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  • 1942
    Nesmith was born in Houston, Texas in 1942 He is an only child; his parents, Warren Audrey Nesmith and Bette Nesmith Graham, divorced when their son was four.
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