Micky Dolenz is the last living member of the iconic group, The Monkees. This week, he filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice. Dolenz is seeking any records that the FBI might be holding about the legendary made-for-TV band.
The FBI has already acknowledged that it kept watching on the group, but they have not been willing to allow their records public, according to the federal civil complaint.
Dolenz’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, wrote in the court filing, “The individual members of the Monkees, both in their own right and as a group, 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 other three Beatles as well) and Jimi Hendrix,” according to the filing by Dolenz’s lawyer Mark Zaid.
The lawsuit was created so that any records the FBI created and possess on The Monkees will see the light of day and be made public. Zaid guesses that the FBI has notes about each band member’s comings and goings as well as social activities they participated in.
“If I had to guess, it would pertain to who they hung around with within the counterculture, anti-war and drug entertainment community,” he said in a statement to NBC News.
The Monkees were known to have been investigated by the FBI for alleged anti-Vietnam war activities in 1967. They performed a concert in which they flashed pictures and messages in protest against the conflict, according to the complaint filed by Dolenz. The messages and pictures were flashes of riots in Berkley, anti-war messages about Vietnam, and pictures of the racial riots in Selma, Alabama. The response from the audience was unfavorable.
Dolenz and his bandmates were also investigated for another matter that has been redacted, the complaint states.
George Michael “Micky” Dolenz Jr. is now 77 years old.
He is the only surviving member of the group that formed for an NBC sitcom of the same name. The show only lasted for two seasons, from 1966-68.
The other members of the group included Michael Nesmith, who was the band’s most acclaimed musician. He died at the age of 78 late last year. The group’s heartthrob was Davy Jones, who died at the age of 66 in 2012. And the bass player for the group was Peter Tork, he died at the age of 77 in 2019.
A Freedom of Information Act request he filed in June failed to get a response from the FBI, according to the Dolenz complaint. Some information was released by the FBI a decade ago, but Dolenz has yet to see the whole file.
Dolenz says that he has exhausted all the necessary required administrative remedies regarding his Freedom of Information Act/Privacy request.
The FBI has not yet responded to the request from Dolenz or to an inquiry from CNN.
The Monkees had a record-breaking four No. 1 albums in 1967, along with their popular sitcom that ran from 1966 – 1968.
Their most famous songs include “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” “A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You,” “Daydream Believer,” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”
Dolenz’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, is an expert on the Freedom of Information Act. He was a key part of the team that represented the government whistleblower in the 2019 Donald Trump/Ukraine scandal.
When he was younger, he was a true blue Monkees fan.
“My babysitter, who was about ten years older than me, gave me her collection of Monkees albums in 1975 when I was just a little kid,” he says. “That turned me into a big fan, and I went to see their initial reunion tour in 1986. I’ve seen them about eight times after that, and I even got to meet Davy Jones right before he died.”
In other words, he’s a believer.