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The Monkees’ 50th anniversary: Interview with John Covach

October 7, 2016
Vinyl records and album covers from Monkees albums

The Monkees phenomenon began 50 years ago this month with the debut of their self-titled NBC TV show in September 1966. Inspired by the madcap antics of the Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, TV producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson created a show about a zany, struggling Malibu pop band. Little did they know that this made-for-television band would become popular for their music, not their acting.

John Covach, professor of music theory at the University, sat down with audio and music engineering major Nick Bruno ’17 in the studio to talk about the Monkees, their influence on pop culture, and how their music ended up taking on a life of its own, in the premiere episode of UR QuadCast.

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Category: The Arts