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The "Monkees": Memories and Magic [Paperback]

Edward Wincentsen
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wynn Publishing Company,US (1 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964280884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964280885
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,736,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars i wanted to like it...honest!! 27 Dec 2000
By A Customer
how i wish i could write a great review of this book, but no matter how hard i try the truth is at best its simply mediocre. In theory a book of assorted monkees fans stories and memories seemed like a fine idea but unfortunately in reality, despite the good intentions, it makes for rather a dull read. The book on the whole has a rather amatuerish feel to it, theres very few pictures included in it and those that are featured are mainly black and white and of dubious quality. Its a shame because its a fresh slant on the monkees story..just not a very interesting one. Ipurchased this book the same time as Glen A Bakers "monkeemania" which in my opinion is much better value for money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a lot better. 19 July 2000
By erictheb - Published on Amazon.com
As a major Monkees fan for many years, I was excited to hear about a new Monkees book out, a different kind of Monkees book as the positive reviews say. This slim volume gets an A for its heartwarming intent and some interesting rare photos but only a C or 3 total grade for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's a slim, large-font, quick read with a dull cover and poor editing, as well as a hefty price tag for what it offers. It contains many grammatical errors, misspellings, and awkward syntax. There are even some factual errors; serious fans will know which I mean. It seems the author went straight from his laptop to the publisher. The fan stories related are for the most part typical, generic, repetitive fair about how they all first discovered, became inspired by, and/or met the Monkees. And they seem to have been selected from a small amount of contacts the author has, including Davy and Alan Green, Davy's longtime co-worker. Some of the stories aren't even new, and yet others concern the author's own Monkee experiences. The casual fan won't care or find interest in the stories which could concern any artist. The serious fans have surely already read similar tales in greater detail in Monkee Business Fanzine and all the other great fan publications and websites. Ultimately, this book could have been bigger (another 100 stories?), more attractive, and better edited, if this were to be the ultimate fan tale compilation. Recommended for the completist only.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book needs a good editor 28 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This was the first book I bought about the Monkees, but I returned it almost immediately for a refund, I was so disappointed. The book is in serious need of an editor. Spelling, grammar, and style errors abound. It is just one long rambling account of how the author and some fans feel about the Monkees. I highly recommend The Monkees Tale and Monkeemania, for both content and pictures. Both books are filled with numerous quotes from the Monkees and others involved with the group from the beginning, and many great pictures, as well as discographies and episode guides.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories from the Fans 20 Mar 2000
By Jan Chilton - Published on Amazon.com
Monkees, Music, and the Magic is just that! The author of this book was a fan himself, and can write with the enthusiasm and youthfulness that only we can recall like it was yesterday.
The Monkees appeared when those of us in our 40's were still innocent. They had a magic and gentleness that became a part of our lives and still lives on even though these beautiful boys are now handsome and talented gentlemen.
They are all kind and down to earth guys, and have touched their fan's lives in many ways through the 30 years they have grown up with us. This book contains stories and anecdotes of the many ways they have thrilled us, sang to us, and in many cases actually helped us through the bad times.
If you were ever a fan, you'll enjoy reading the accounts of our interactions with the guys. If you aren't a fan, you probably will be when you finish this book.
A cute, breezy, and touching collection of heartfelt love for the boys of a band that might have never been, but for fate, music, and magic.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Indeed 26 Mar 2000
By Davy Devotee - Published on Amazon.com
This book is the only book on the market for the fans by the fans. The author opened his heart and mind to stories from fans of all ages and nationalities making this book the most unique Monkees book out there. It allows the reader to truly understand the importance of The Monkees not only to the music and television world but to the individual fans' lives. With the creation of this book I was allowed to share a special story about a close friend who died shortly after making my dream of meeting Davy Jones come true. By Ed's willingness to print the story in its entirety, I am able to keep her memory alive and share her story with hundreds of other fans and friends. If you're looking for a book that shows the human side of The Monkees, this is it. Along with these incredible stories are some awesome, rare photographs from Ed's private collection and other fans' collections. This book is a must have for the serious Monkee fan or the curious, casual Monkees fan. If you don't think The Monkees were anything special, think again.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monkee Must Read If your a fan at all.... 29 Mar 2000
By Sue Goettl - Published on Amazon.com
It's about time we had another Monkee book for our libraries.. this one is so much fun to read...It took me back to the 60's and made me feel how great it was to be in love with these four wonderful men...all the words from all the fans..hearing about what it was like to work on a book with Davy..to the final sad chapter that will bring tears to your eyes..dont want to spoil it.. so do buy this one..its a fast read with wonderful pix of the guys..many I have never seen..and meeting the author via this computer has been very nice as well..do get your copy now..it is so worth the money..you will really love it esp if your a first generation fan...but no matter if your first generation or 4th..it is a fun read..thanks Ed for this trip down memory lane...it was a blast from the past for me...Suzie
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