Micky Dolenz, the lone surviving member of the Monkees has filed a lawsuit demanding access to the agency’s files on him, his deceased bandmates and the group. According to the complaint filed by Dolenz, the Monkees were investigated by the FBI in 1967 for anti-Vietnam war actions relating to a concert in which they flashed visuals and messages against the combat.
The complaint alleges that Dolenz was investigated for a subject that has been redacted along with his late bandmates Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork. Dolenz, who is now 77 years old is demanding access to the full contents of the FBI’s case file pertaining to the band.
“References to the band appear in two places in FBI files: a 1967 Los Angeles Field Office memorandum on anti-Vietnam war activities and a second document redacted entirely,” the FBI website states.
According to the Dolenz complaint, the FBI ignored his June Freedom of Information Act request. “This lawsuit is designed to obtain any records the FBI created and/or possesses on the Monkees as well as its individual members,” the suit states. “Mr. Dolenz has exhausted all necessary required administrative remedies with respect to his [Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act] request.”
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The Monkees were an American rock band that achieved unprecedented success in 1967 with the release of four consecutive No. 1 albums and a hugely successful sitcom that aired from 1966 to 1968.
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Formed in Los Angeles in 1966, The Monkees were an American rock and pop band featuring American actor/musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and English actor/singer Davy Jones.
They first appeared on television in a situation comedy series created by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider in 1965. The show aired on television from 1966 to 1968 and its soundtrack included music ascribed to the band.
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