THE MONKEES WERE UNDER THE FBI'S EYE

Sep 01, 2022

By Andy Johnson

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It’s hard to imagine now, but at the height of their popularity in the 1960s, “The Monkees” were the subject of an FBI file linked to the Vietnam War.

Now the last surviving band member is suing the agency to find out more.

77-year old Micky Dolenz says, yes the band laced some of its hits with anti-war sentiments, including Last Train to Clarksville, a song about a man headed to an army base, fearing he won’t return home.

The FBI kept tabs on several famous figures during the war in Vietnam, including John Lennon.

Portions of a heavily redacted FBI file, released in 2011, include reports of “anti-US messages on the war in Vietnam” during a 1967 Monkees’ concert

The FBI has declined comment.

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