Micky Dolenz, the only surviving member of former popular American rock band, The Monkees, has filed a case against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a “secret dossier” that he thinks the federal agency holds on him and his ex-bandmates, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones.
The 77-year-old is the former frontman of the 1960s band and filed the case through his lawyer Mark Zaid. The Rolling Stones later revealed that Zaid met Dolenz through shared friends.
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According to the Rolling Stones report, Zaid encouraged Dolenz to find out whether the FBI had a file on him or his former bandmates or not. They later came to know that the file actually existed and a redacted seven-page part of it was released in 2011.
“That just kind of reinforced for me that there was actually something here,” Mark Zaid said.
“It’s not just a fishing expedition. I mean, we’re still fishing, but we know there’s fish in the water,” he continued.
A copy of the file can be found on the FBI website, named “the Monkeys”. However, the redacted version does not provide answers to why the rock band or its members were subjects of interest to the federal agency. However, the band was active during the Vietnam war and at the time, a sensitive atmosphere remained inside the US government for criticism from famous Hollywood actors and musicians.
One of the sections in the FBI file is named “Additional activities denouncing the US policy in the war in Vietnam,” where the majority of a page can be seen as redacted. The file has also called the Monkees as a successful band which has “four young men who dress as ‘beatnik types’..geared primarily to the teenage market.”
The file also described a Monkees concert where ‘subliminal’ messages were shown on the screen which in the opinion of the FBI agent who wrote the file (name redacted), had left-wing ideologies.
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The Monkees were not regarded as a group of political musicians. While they primarily performed on the television, one of their songs, Last Train to Clarksville, was about a man headed towards war who did not know whether he would see his friends and family again.
Zaid, who represents Micky Dolenz, revealed that he submitted a standard freedom of information request earlier this year. In the request, he has asked to see the entire file, along with any other individual file on the Monkees members.
The federal agency did not comply with his request, following which Zaid went ahead with his case.