Micky Dolenz is suing to learn why the FBI had a file on the Monkees
The final surviving member of the adored California musical group the Monkees is curious as to why the FBI maintains a dossier on them.
Micky Dolenz filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asking the FBI to turn over any records connected to the well-known 1960s group.
The lawsuit is “intended to get any records the FBI created and/or possesses on the Monkees as well as its individual members,” according to legal documents submitted through Dolenz’s attorney, Mark S. Zaid.
The FBI made a substantially redacted material on the group public in 2011. The document claims that “subliminal messages were depicted on the screen” and were of a “political nature” related to the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. It also includes notes from an FBI informant who attended a show during the Monkees’ 1967 tour.
According to the FBI investigation, the audience had a negative reaction to the messages and images, which included images of riots in Berkeley, anti-American statements about the Vietnam War, racial riots in Selma, Alabama, and other events.
Dolenz’s latest lawsuit claims that he and his bandmates “were known to have associated with other musicians and individuals whose activities were monitored and/or investigated by the FBI, to include, but not limited to: John Winston Lennon and the three other Beatles as well) and Jimi Hendrix, both in their own right and as a group.”
According to the lawsuit, Dolenz asked the FBI for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in June of this year, but even though his request was given a reference number, he never heard back.
Dolenz now requests that the FBI “disclose non-exempt copies of the sought records in their entirety and make copies readily available” to him after having “exhausted all the needed administrative remedies.”
Dolenz, 77, along with Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones were among the original Monkees members. The band was established in 1966 for the television series of the same name, and they had a number of singles, including “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “I’m a Believer,” and “Daydream Believer.”