Monkees’ Micky Dolenz sues FBI over ‘secret dossier’ on the band

The last remaining Monkees member who is still alive The Monkees is taking on the FBI regarding the existence of a “secret dossier” he believes the FBI has on the band and former members.

Micky Dolenz, 77, the former frontman of famous British and American 1960s groups filed the suit through his attorney Mark Zaid, a freedom of information expert and music enthusiast who said to Rolling Stone magazine it was “fun”.

Zaid claimed he had met Dolenz whose band produced hits such as I’m a Believer, and Last Train to Clarksville with Daydream Believer, through mutual acquaintances.

As per Rolling Stone, Zaid said that he offered to Dolenz to do “it might be fun to see if the FBI had a file on him or his former bandmates”. Then, shortly afterward Zaid discovered that such an archive was in fact available and that a heavily-redacted seven-page snippet of information was made public in the year 2011.

“That just kind of reinforced for me that there was actually something here,” Vaid declared. “It’s not simply a fishing trip. We’re fishing, but we’re aware that there’s fish in the waters.”

The front cover on the FBI document on the website of the agency is incorrectly referring to the band as “the Monkeys”. The documents offer no clues about the reason why the group was relevant for federal authorities, aside from the fact that it was during the Vietnam conflict and that the government was tolerant of criticisms from famous Hollywood actors and pop artists.

In the section titled “Additional activities denouncing the US policy in the war in Vietnam,” the entire page is blacked-out. However, the document does mention the Monkees as a “quite successful” band featuring “four young men who dress as ‘beatnik types’ … geared primarily to the teenage market”.

At a Monkees concert, the report states, “subliminal messages were depicted on the screen which, in the opinion of” an agent whose name has been removed “constituted ‘left-wing innovations of a political nature including video footage of ‘anti-US messages on the war in Vietnam’.”

The Monkees weren’t known as an uncompromising political band, as they were designed for television and the tune The Last Train to Clarksville was about a man who was heading to war but not knowing if they would see their loved family members.

Zaid claimed he filed a the standard Freedom of Information request in June seeking to view the entire FBI file as well as any individual files of Dolenz and his bandmates who died, Davy Jones, Peter Tork along with Michael Nesmith.