There is something John Lennonesque about Michael Nesmith. After all I guess he is the thinking mans man of the Monkees as Lennon was to The Beatles. Arguably he is the most talented of any Monkee, even most Beatles (gasp), he writes, produces, creates, sings, TV shows, MTV video's, Grammy award winner ... the list is long as my felony record!
The Gretsch guitar company built a one-off natural finish 12-string electric guitar for Nesmith when he was performing with The Monkees (Gretsch had a promotional deal with the group). The instrument was frequently cited at that time as being worth $5,000. While one-off custom instruments are very expensive, $5,000 in 1966 was the equivalent of $31,000 in 2007 money, and the "$5,000" price tag was undoubtedly inflated for publicity purposes. He earlier played a customized Gretsch twelve-string, which had originally been a six-string model.
Nesmith is an avid archivist of early music videos, the bulk of which comprised the rotation of Video Concert Hall and early MTV.
The Tragically Hip took their name from a skit in Nesmith's long-form video Elephant Parts.
Nesmith is also known as "Papa Nez". (Or, simply, "Nez/Nes".)
The back sleeve of Tantamount to Treason contains the "papa nes home-brew recipe" (for beer). It also contains a warning and a line with the text "autoclaving turns this line brown."
Nesmith is exactly three years older than fellow Monkee Davy Jones and twelve years younger than fellow First National Band member Orville "Red" Rhodes, who both share his birthday: December 30. Nesmith had a cameo appearance as a taxi driver in the Whoopi Goldberg film Burglar.~ [Source:Wikipedia]
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