One of the strangest tales in Truth and Rumors: The Reality Behind TV’s Most Famous Myths is the Charles Manson story. Did the serial killer actually audition to become one of The Monkees?
That’s one of the rumors I’ll be discussing tomorrow at 1 p.m. on CBC Radio One’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi (94.1 on Toronto’s FM dial).
The Monkee myth is a pretty persistant one. I’ve lost count of the number of places I’ve read that Manson was at the 1965 audition, along with Stephen Stills, Paul Williams and Three Dog Night’s Danny Hutton. The roles, of course, went to Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones.
For more on the book, check out Talking With Tim, Tim O’Shea’s pop culture blog. O’Shea conducts e-mail interviews with writers, artists, novelists, musicians “and other pop culture service providers.” I’m his latest email interrogatee.