‘I Didn’t Know How to Write a Pop Song’

The Monkees star Mike Nesmith was one-fourth of one of the entertainment industry’s most popular television and music quartets. However, Nesmith struggled with several parts of being a Monkees member; including what he felt was an inability to write a true pop song. The NBC series’ strengths lay in the music prominently featured in each new episode. However, this proved to be a sticking point with the entertainer who claimed, despite hit after hit, “I didn’t know how to write a pop song.”

Mike Nesmith on the set of 'The Monkees' television series.
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