Love Is Understanding: The Life and Times of Peter Tork and The Monkees (hardback)
Between 1966 and 1967, “the Monkees sold more records than the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined!” Whether this is true or not, they had a revolutionary TV series and they raised the bar of rock concerts. As songwriters and musicians, their musical diversity ranged from the pioneering use of the banjo and the Moog synthesizer in pop music to becoming one of the forerunners in the creation of country rock. This creative unity won admirers like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Timothy Leary. However, when they exposed the modus operandi of the American record industry, they paid the consequences, and public opinion designated the Monkees as just a prefabricated group at the height of the counterculture. After the band broke up, its members were relegated to brutal ostracism. Peter Tork was the most affected. Though he was a scholar, a classical musician capable of playing seven musical instruments, and an excellent actor and songwriter, for some Peter was simply “the dummy.” This book seeks to do justice to the Monkees’ extraordinary legacy in pop culture, revealing the ups and downs of the band’s backstory and tracing Peter’s dramatic trajectory and pilgrimage through life. A true rock and roll survivor, but, above all, a brilliant artist.
“Sergio Farias delves into the history of the Monkees, a band that lived through the glory and disgrace of stardom after coming face to face with the record industry.” O Globo.
“This book fills an existing gap regarding the history of the Monkees” Folha de São Paulo.