Crown ArchetypeHey, hey, it’s April 18, the day that Monkees singer Michael Nesmith‘s new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, hits stores. The book not only features the veteran musician’s recollections about his adventures with his famous prefabricated band and its hit TV series, but also about his friendship with Jack Nicholson, his interactions with John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, and more.
According to a preview of the book posted on People.com, Nesmith reveals that he met Nicholson through The Monkees‘ producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider.
Mike says he and Nicholson, who had yet to achieve fame as an actor, bonded quickly. “[H]is demeanor and sense of humor was exceptional and like catnip for me,” Nesmith writes. “I thought he was the coolest guy, and since this was long before the term bromance entered the US lexicon, some people in my crowd of friends thought my fascination with him was beyond the pale.”
Other revelations in the book include how Nesmith ran off with the wife of one of his best friends after his first marriage to his college sweetheart ended, and how in more recent years he battled cataracts and overcame a mysterious ailment that caused paralysis to his left hand and right leg. In the book, he explains how he regained the use of his hand and leg not from medical treatments but after spending “hours daily in painless study and prayer and contemplation.”
A companion album to the book, Infinite Tuesday: Autobiographical Riffs, a 14-track compilation featuring songs Nesmith recorded with The Monkees and as a solo artist, was released on Friday.
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