Micky Dolenz, last surviving member of the Monkees, sues the FBI

Monkees Micky Dolenz Files Federal Lawsuit Over FBI Surveillance File

Monkees Micky Dolenz Files Federal Lawsuit Over FBI Surveillance File


Micky Dolenz, the last surviving member of the iconic 1960s made-for-TV pop group The Monkees, is suing the FBI over records indicating the agency was monitoring the group, CBS Los Angeles Reporting.

The heavily redacted 1967 file, first reported by Rolling Stone, appears to show that the FBI was investigating the group for allegedly broadcasting anti-Vietnam War messages during their broadcasts.

In one section of the filing, an unnamed FBI source who attended a concert states:

“…During the concert, subliminal messages were depicted on the screen, which…constituted left-wing innovations of a political nature…”


Dolenz’s attorney, Mark Zaid, well known for representing the whistleblower during former President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, considers himself a huge Monkees fan, which helped spark his interest in this affair.

“Understand that the Monkees existed in a very tumultuous time in the United States,” Zaid told CBS LA. watch out about 1966 when we were in Vietnam and the hippies were getting big and the drug culture.

Musician Mickey Dolenz arrives at the premiere of ‘All We Are Saying’ at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, April 22, 2005, in New York City. The film debuted as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.


When he became aware of the FBI file on the group, Zaid said, he filed a freedom of information request, but that request went unanswered for several months. So he launched the lawsuit to find out exactly what the FBI had on the group.

The monkeys in an undated photo

“An informant, probably an FBI agent who wanted to take his child to the Monkees concert, went to the Monkees show in, I think, San Francisco, and filed a report with the FBI on the anti- war. Why was the FBI monitoring the Monkees, whether individual members or the group, what does it say? And what does it say, more broadly, about FBI activities in the 1960s,” Zaid remarked. .

The band had four No. 1 albums in 1967, a feat no other band has matched to date.

CBS LA contacted the Department of Justice after hours about the lawsuit and has yet to receive a response.


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