Beatland Books is proud to announce the publication of I’m Told I Had A Good Time: The Micky Dolenz Archives, Volume One. Set for release on November 7, 2023, the book is the result of a multi-year excavation of Dolenz’s astonishing personal collection. Over 500 pages, I’m Told I Had A Good Time highlights this treasure trove of photography, artwork, handwritten lyrics, scripts and assorted ephemera spanning the 1940s through the 1970s. I’m Told I Had A Good Time will be available for preorder in June 2023 and offered in three unique editions: hand-numbered Signed Super Deluxe Edition with bonus content; Numbered Deluxe Hardback Edition; and Unnumbered Flexibound.
The first volume chronicles Dolenz’s childhood in Los Angeles and growth as an actor and performer in Circus Boy, through to his early musical endeavors with such groups as The Spartans and Mickey & The 1-Knighters. In 1965, Micky was cast in The Monkees and he preserved every move they made: from unpublished color shots on the set of their pilot to rare telegrams and keepsakes from their early days. In particular, the group’s most successful period of touring in 1967 is chronicled in-depth with stunning, unpublished images direct from the original negatives. In all, the group’s spectacular impact on record and film and the aftermath is recorded in Volume One up until Micky’s move to the UK in 1977.
Dolenz was not only an avid chronicler of the Monkees’ activities, but also the intensely creative circle around him. Included are never-before-seen images of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones & Ron Wood, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Alice Cooper, Jack Nicholson, Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Peter Fonda (among others).
Perhaps the most poignant photographs are his images of the other Monkees; Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith are seen at their happiest, captured in the act of music or mischief making. The book also includes images from Micky’s film library, working drafts of the hit song “Randy Scouse Git” and a goldmine of personal mementos. For the text, Dolenz delivers a running commentary culled from new interviews recorded during the discovery process.
For decades, Micky Dolenz’s archives were all but a rumor in the world of pop culture holdings. Now they will be presented in a deluxe fashion: printed in the highest quality and delivered to your door.
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