Micky Dolenz, the last surviving member, vocalist and drummer for the 1960s pop-rock band The Monkees, has filed a lawsuit seeking access to an FBI file on the band.
Dolenz filed a lawsuit against the FBI on Tuesday, August 30, demanding that the agency turn over all unredacted documents about his band collected during their prime.
In 1967, an FBI informant attended one of the group’s concerts and took notes on the performance. About 10 years ago, a select portion of this file was publicly released.
“During the concert, subliminal messages were depicted on the screen which, in the opinion of [informant’s name redacted], constituted ‘left wing intervention of a political nature,'” reads a document in the Monkees FBI file. “These messages and pictures were flashed of riots, in Berkley, anti-U.S. messages on the war in Vietnam, racial riots in Selma, Alabama, and similar messages which had unfavorable response[s] from the audience.”
Dolenz had previously tried to get his hands on the file via a Freedom of Information Act request.
“This lawsuit is designed to obtain any records the FBI created and/or possesses on the Monkees as well as its individual members,” reads the suit. “Mr. Dolenz has exhausted all necessary required administrative remedies with respect to his [Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act] request.”
The suit was filed on Dolenz’s behalf by attorney Mark Zaid, an expert in Freedom of Information Act litigation.
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