Tuesday, November 04, 2014

THE TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MONKEES WEBSITE

Brad & Jackie Waddell



Monday, November 10 is the ten year anniversary of Brad Waddell’s
Monkees.net site – the preferred site to go for all things
Monkee-related.



Says Waddell, “Early in 1992, the Internet was getting a lot of buzz
and so as a computer programmer I had to get out there and see what
was happening. I re-discovered the Monkees fans from around the world;
hanging out on IRC chat and USENET (alt.music.monkees) and proceeded
to see what I could add to the mix. I created a Monkees mailing list
and began to help in scheduling Monkees parties online at scheduled
times in the chat.”



“In 1994 when the old menu systems of the Internet began to give way
to the new form of HTML web pages, I built the first Monkees-web site
and listed it on Yahoo and it was popular immediately because of the
ability to share photos, recordings and a few videos.”



Waddell says he’s met fans from all over the world and feels flattered
that his site has become something of a common ground.



He’s even interfaced, not only with the members of the band, but also
various resources the band has worked with. Says Micky
Dolenz-publicist David Salidor, “Brad’s done an amazing job of keeping
current; cherishing the history of the group and their music. Theirs
is a totally unique story and their fans, young and old, have a
perfect resource to go to.”




Says Waddell, “The high point of my involvement in this site was
undoubtedly when Michael Nesmith invited me to his office in
California to show him how this Internet thing worked, and having him
follow up that meeting by beginning to write a novel on the web - page
by page - for all of the fans to watch. He really jumps into things
with both feet and eventually he published the novel as ‘The Long
Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora’.”



Waddell’s plans for his site next week is to run a contest with
prizes, and to print several essays from some of the
key-Monkee-resources, including authors Eric Lefcowitz (Monkee
Business) and Mark Bego, who co-authored Dolenz’s 2004 book I’m A
Believer.



Waddell says that the biggest joy and accomplishment is having met
each of the band members and having them embrace his efforts. “It has
been 20 years and the Monkees still are in my music rotation bringing
happy memories of Monkee weddings between fans, great friends and
humorous romps like the true story of what happened to Mike’s wool
hat,” says Waddell.



Adds Micky Dolenz, “Congratulations for hanging in there with us
through the years; your support has not gone unnoticed nor
unappreciated!”



Says Waddell, “The Monkees were early stars of the Internet and
Monkee.Net continues to have around 5000 visits per day, which is not
surprising as it has some of the most amazingly dedicated worldwide
fan groups of any musical organization I have seen.”

Photo Courtesy Of: dis Company


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