Micky Dolenz, the only Monkee still alive, has sued the FBI for not releasing records that may be about him, the other Monkees who have since died, and the band as a whole.
The band member, represented by attorney Mark Zaid, filed the claim on Tuesday, August 30. He wants the Department of Justice to give him a copy of the records it keeps about the band and its members
Rolling Stone was the first to report on the case, in which it is stated that Dolenz had tried to obtain the data by making a request under the Freedom of Information Act, which grants the public
access to records held by any government agency. Dolenz has not heard back from anyone. And he said he's hoping the FBI will "release its hidden Monkees files and let the public understand
more about a significant moment in American history." After their hit NBC sitcom "The Monkees" premiered on September 12, 1966, the band quickly became famous. Songs like "Daydream Believer,"
"That Was Then, This Is Now," and "I'm A Believer" went on to become No. 1 singles, and they went on to release additional albums. Two years after the series ended on TV, in 1970, the band disbanded.
Allan Dolenz, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith were all part of the band. It was 1967, and the FBI was looking into the Monkees for their supposed anti-Vietnam War sentiments.
Some of the declassified FBI files include reports from an agent who was there for the event. The dossier states, "During the 'The Monkees' concert, a screen was placed up behind the performers
who played particular instruments and sang as a 'combo.' Subliminal messages were projected on the screen, which, in the opinion of, represented 'left-wing innovations of a political nature."
The audience had a negative reaction to these messages and images because they depicted the Berkeley riots, anti-American messages about the Vietnam War, the racial unrest in Selma,