Saturday, May 13, 2017

Infinite Tuesday by Michael Nesmith

As I said in last week's review, I started a free trial of and with it I got a free download of Infinite Tuesday by Michael Nesmith. This review is for that version, read by Nesmith himself.

In this autobiography of the elusive former teen idol, Michael Nesmith looks back on his long life with honest clarity. He tells his story from his attitude toward his time in the Monkees to his part in the seemingly accidental invention of the music video and development of MTV.

Take note, though. This is NOT a book about the Monkees. Michael Nesmith has much more credit to his name than a job that he had decades ago. He dedicates very little of Infinite Tuesday to the 60s pop band that he was once a part of. So, readers shouldn't go into it thinking that's what they're getting.

Most of Infinite Tuesday deals with Nesmith's endeavors in Hollywood. He talks frequently about what he calls "Celebrity Psychosis" which he and others around him suffered from. He weaves an interesting recounting of how he became successful and how he didn't always fit in with the Hollywood people surrounding him. Throughout the book, Nesmith points out his flaws and his many failures. This humanizes him, as he's often thought of as a stoic and successful figure. Of course, there are also his many success stories, as well. I found the whole thing to be inspiring and an encouragement to always persevere.

Obviously, I would have enjoyed Infinite Tuesday simply because I'm a longtime fan of Michael Nesmith, I own many of his post-Monkees albums and books, and I've seen him perform live a couple of times (yes, this is me bragging). But I got more from the book than I'd expected. I learned many things I didn't already know. I appreciated his chapters on philosophy and his spiritual values. In all, I'm very happy to have heard Michael's voice in my ear telling me the story of his life.

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