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The Monkees Lost Their Minds With Head


Released in 1968 Head, starring The Monkees, is one of the strangest rock ‘n’ roll films ever made. Tired of their image as cute and cuddly TV stars the manufactured group almost entirely destroyed its reputation in the course of 86 minutes with the plotless picture.

Head takes on celebrity, the war in Vietnam, psychedelic culture, and, of course, the band’s image. The film flopped although the director Bob Rafelson and co-producers Jack Nicholson and Bert Schneider would have more success with films such as Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces.

Despite lacking anything resembling a plot and its dark themes, Head is still worth a watch and remains entertaining some 45-plus years after its release—and the soundtrack contains fine songs written by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Harry Nilsson.