Micky Dolenz, the final of The Monkees, sues the FBI to entry file made on the band within the ‘60s

Micky Dolenz, the final surviving member of The Monkees, sued the FBI Tuesday for paperwork compiled on the band through the late Sixties.

On June 14, George Michael “Micky” Dolenz Jr. initially filed a Freedom of Data Act (FOIA) request for the entire file, which was launched in redacted type in 2011.

The FBI responded with a receipt confirming the request on June 23, however the bureau has not despatched the paperwork or in any other case corresponded with Mr. Dolenz since then.

“Mr. Dolenz has exhausted all mandatory required administrative cures with respect to his FOIA/PA request. Mr. Dolenz is entitled to well timed receipt of non-exempt copies of all information attentive to his FOIA/PA request,” the lawsuit’s submitting states.

Within the publicly out there paperwork, the place two pages have been deleted and remaining pages redacted, an informant describes a Monkees live performance the place messages and pictures performed on a display screen depicting the Vietnam struggle and civil rights protests on the time.

The paperwork within the FBI vault say that an individual, whose title is redacted, described the pictures as “left-wing improvements of a political nature.”


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The FBI on the time was run by J. Edgar Hoover and was recognized to have stored information on civil rights leaders and others. Mr. Dolenz’s courtroom submitting mentions The Monkees’ affiliation with two such figures, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.

“The FBI was actively monitoring struggle dissenters, perceived radicals and anybody counter to J. Edgar Hoover‘s cultural beliefs, and that included the Monkees!” Mr. Dolenz’s lawyer Mark Zaid instructed Regulation & Crime.

The purpose of the go well with, the submitting explains, is to “get hold of any information the FBI created and/or possesses on the Monkees in addition to its particular person members.”

“The FBI monitored musicians such because the Monkees through the tumultuous Sixties and this new lawsuit is designed to find out simply how far their efforts went,” Mr. Zaid mentioned in an announcement to Pitchfork.

Mr. Zaid, a childhood fan of the band, filed the FOIA request on Mr. Dolenz’s behalf.

When the 2 have been launched to one another lately, Mr. Zaid instructed, unknowing of the 2011 information launch, that they test if the FBI had a file on the band on a lark. Studying in regards to the redacted paperwork solely fueled Mr. Zaid’s curiosity.

“It’s not only a fishing expedition. I imply, we’re nonetheless fishing, however we all know there’s fish within the water,” Mr. Zaid instructed Rolling Stone journal.

What redacted info is within the FBI’s paperwork? Mr. Zaid suggests it is likely to be much less juicy than you’d assume.

“The redacted info could also be peripheral to them. A few of them seemingly replicate an informant’s id, which was most likely the particular person attending the concert events. … We don’t know what information even exist. It could possibly be virtually nothing. However we’ll see quickly sufficient,” Mr. Zaid instructed Rolling Stone.



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