Quick Takes: The Monkees, Van Halen, Doug Clifford & Bobby Whitlock, Susanna Hoffs

  • Surviving Monkee Micky Dolenz has filed a lawsuit against the FBI to see the group's full file. A portion of the group's full government file on the "Pre-Fab Four" was made public over a decade ago, with Dolenz now filing a Freedom Of Information Act request. According to the official request: "This lawsuit is designed to obtain any records the FBI created and/or possesses on the Monkees as well as its individual members. Mr. Dolenz has exhausted all necessary required administrative remedies with respect to his (Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act) request." (Rolling Stone)


  • Noted photographer Neil Zlozower will publish his latest book featuring portraits of the late-Eddie Van Halen, titled Ed By Zloz. The 384-page book will be available for shipping on September 9th and mainly focuses on the David Lee Roth-era, yet also features select shots from the years in which Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone fronted the band. The book, which weighs over five lbs., does not duplicate any of Zlozower's Van Halen shots from his other books. Ed By Zloz sells for $150. (VanHalenStore.com)


  • Coming on September 9th is the long-unreleased 1980's collaboration between Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug Clifford and Derek & The Dominos keyboardist Bobby Whitlock. The album, titled, California Gold, features a total of 10 songs co-written by the rock legends, with the sessions also featuring Booker T. & The MG's bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn. (Press release)


  • Bangles frontwoman, Susanna Hoffs will publish her first novel, titled This Bird Has Flown, on April 4th, 2023, via Little Brown and Company. Hoffs spoke about the decision to finally writer her first book and told EW.com: "I've been a lifelong reader and have always loved disappearing into other people's stories, whether in a novel, a film, a play, a painting, a song. I dreamed one day of writing a novel of my own. And then it hit me, If not now when? and I took the plunge!" (EW.com)