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December 7, 2013

If you aren’t familiar with the work of Michael “Papa Nez” Nesmith I think you should take some time to get to know this underrated gem of a singer-songwriter. To be honest, the title of singer-songwriter is actually selling him short. Mike, I’ll call him Mike from no on because that is how I’ve known him for most of my life, is still best known for his work with the Monkees but has done so much since then. He has produced films (Repo Man, Tapeheads etc.), invented MTV (he actually won the first video Grammy for Elephant Parts), and even written a few novels, one of which is my absolute favourite book The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora.

Mike should also be considered one of the fathers of country rock. He was mixing the two genres on the earliest Monkees records in 1966, but is always overshadowed by the Byrds and Gram Parsons in music history. I guess being a part of a “made for TV band” made his efforts worthless. After he left the Monkees he formed a couple of his own bands and released a few critically acclaimed albums, but the stigma still stuck.

Nowadays Mike’s very into the whole online virtual community stuff and has his own little virtual world called Videoranch full of live shows and music. This is where he did his first solo concert in years, before joining Micky and Peter for a Monkees reunion tour, after Davy died (still hurts so much! Davy, my Davy!!). He’s also touring by himself, and says he’s having a blast. So if you’re anywhere near one of his gigs then you’d be letting yourself down by not going.

Alright, enough of that for now, but please do introduce yourself to the great Mike Nesmith!

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