I have some sad news to share today. Michael Nesmith, the talented musician who rose to fame as a member of The Monkees, has passed away at the age of 78. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2019, and I can attest that he was not only incredibly talented but also a genuinely nice person. His contributions as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist will be greatly missed.
Michael Nesmith was often referred to as “the Smart One” among The Monkees. However, this label wasn’t always a blessing for him. As the intellectually inclined member of the popular 1960s pop group, he often found himself frustrated with the superficiality of teen idol-dom.