TIG SAYS THE MONKEES MAY BE DRAFTED
M O N D A Y, 2 0 M A R C H
Started Catherine the Great in History. I've decided to give up Pericles and Alexander - they're too deadly.
Us lot went down to the logs at dinner break and had our lunch there, it was such wonderful weather. Funny to think - we'll all be on holiday in a week's time: Tig in Cornwall, Anya in the Lake District, Lucy in Paris and me in Austria!
Tig says the Monkees could be drafted, poor things. She says the 'Last Train to Clarksville' is about a soldier calling up his girlfriend before he goes off to Viet-Nam. It must be beastly to know that any moment you might have to go off and fight - maybe even die.
After school I got the 406 to Tadworth, then decided to wait a quarter of an hour for the Green Bus. I waited 20 minutes and it never came. So I had to walk the whole way and didn't get home till just after 6. Felt utterly miserable.
Stoke Grandma rang up Mummy after supper and said the most feeble things about London Grandma "competing" with her over Chump's birthday presents. Honestly. Later sat in the sitting room and found a biography on Catherine the Great by Zoe Oldenbourg. Needless to say, it's so much more interesting than my school one.
Launched in 1965 as a TV sitcom, the Monkees were (mis)sold as America’s answer to the Fab Four. For which they were then derided. However, five months after the series started, ‘Wool Hat’ (Mike Nesmith) let slip that the group did not play the instruments on their records, and suggested The Saturday Evening Post tell the world they were synthetic "because, damn it, we are.”
The Monkees, in spite of their 'fake pop' credentials, were anti establishment and anti war. Yet, according to psychobabble200, "the Monkees couldn't buy themselves a lick of praise from the press or the increasing snobby rock audience." In the end, they were championed by Frank Zappa, John Lennon, Eric Burdon and Jerry Garcia. And they introduced Jimi Hendrix to America.
By 1967 they were soon outselling the Beatles and the Stones combined.