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Michael and Us: Pleasant Valley Sunday

The Monkees were a prefabricated pop band who didn't play their own instruments and didn't get much respect. But in 1968, they teamed with director Bob Rafelson and a young writer named Jack Nicholson to take charge of their image with HEAD (1968), a corrosive satire that asks: what do the Monkees have in common with the Vietnam War?

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Michael and Us is a podcast about political cinema and our crumbling world hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.

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