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This July 6, 1967 file photo shows the musical group, The Monkees, from left, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, David Jones, and Micky Dolenz at a news conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York.” (AP Photo/Ray Howard)
This July 6, 1967 file photo shows the musical group, The Monkees, from left, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, David Jones, and Micky Dolenz at a news conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York.” (AP Photo/Ray Howard)

Time now for this week's Artery segment — when we talk to artists, critics and performers about events in and around town that are exciting them.

Before Backstreet Boys, before New Kids, there were the Monkees. The made-for-TV rock band hit the air and the pop-charts in the mid-60s.

Davey Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and, of course, Michael Nesmith. After they broke up in 1970, Nesmith recorded a string of solo albums and last month, kicked off  his first solo tour in nearly 21 years.

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Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe Arts Reporter (@geoffedgers)

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Michael Nesmith at the Somerville Theatre on Saturday, April 13th

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Wired:  "The news media, it's true, sticks to Nesmith's Monkee-ness like gum on a go-go boot. Never mind that Nez helped invent MTV and country rock, that he published a novel and pioneered a home-video distribution business, and that he cut 13 post-Monkees albums and produced cult film classics like Repo Man. And never mind that Nesmith - who could choose to be as ostentatious and narcissistic as the next gazillionaire rock star - instead carries on the philanthropic traditions of his mother, Bette Graham, the inventor of Liquid Paper typing-correction fluid."

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This segment aired on April 11, 2013.

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