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Micky Dolenz of The Monkees sues the FBI over band and member records.

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Author/Atul K Rawat

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The FBI has been accused of withholding records that could have involved Micky Dolenz, his late bandmates, or the Monkees as a whole. Micky Dolenz is the sole surviving member of the band.

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The band member demanded that the Department of Justice release a copy of documents relating to the band and its members when he filed the lawsuit on Tuesday, August 30 through his attorney, Mark Zaid.

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According to the complaint, which was first reported by Rolling Stone, Dolenz had already tried to obtain the records by submitting a request under the Freedom of Information Act, which gives anybody the ability to ask for access to any government agency's records. Dolenz has not yet heard back from anyone

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The FBI looked into the Monkees in 1967 over supposed anti-Vietnam War activity. There are reports from an FBI agent who clearly attended the performance in redacted FBI papers that were made public.

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"A screen was erected up behind the musicians who performed as a "combo" of particular instruments and singing during the 'The Monkees' concert.

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The Monkees lawsuit "seeks to disclose why the FBI was monitoring the Monkees and/or its individual members," according to a statement that Dolenz's attorney gave to USA Today.

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He continued, "We know the FBI surveilled Hollywood anti-war advocates and individuals who represented the counter-culture of the flower/hippie/drug use movement in the mid-to-late 1960s."

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And the Monkees were right in the middle of things, hanging out with John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, two musicians who J. Edgar Hoover was keeping an eye on.

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He continued by expressing his wish for the FBI to "disclose its secret Monkees files and assist the public in learning more about a crucial period of American history."

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The band gained notoriety after the September 12, 1966, premiere of the hit NBC comedy "The Monkees."

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