-Pacific Arts advertisement, 1979
Rio changed music history. In 1976, it introduced the music video, was a #1 hit in Australia, and made the charts in countries around the globe! Nez began production of PopClips two years later, a 30-minute music video program on Nickelodeon that expanded into a 24-hour network and became MTV.
In February, 1979 -- a few months before PopClips first aired -- Pacific Arts rereleased Rio. Based on our archives, it's unclear whether the two events are connected. Marketing surrounding the rerelease included showings of the music video on HBO and a contest to win a trip for two to Rio through a radio station in New York! A 14-year-old girl won and gave the prize to her parents as a 25th Wedding Anniversary present.
Intact in its original picture sleeve, the Rio 45 (PAC45-104) is straight from 1979. Nez has signed the sleeve's cover in gold ink to match the gold Pacific Arts seal on the accompanying numbered certificate of authenticity. Like The Prison LP, the Rio 45 is a chance to own an artifact of modern music history.
The first 10 orders will also receive a Rio sticker from 1979!
Only 175 are available. Sorry, no personalizations. Orders will begin to ship in late May.
Praise for Infinite Tuesday
"Penetrating... As a writer, Nesmith is practical without being conventional. And he riffs on metaphysical topics like 'non-time moments' -- when portent and symmetry seem to enter our lives -- without sounding trippy or losing his relatability. He also abstains from using his pen to settle scores, something from which other celebrity memoirists could learn. In fact, he's delightfully self-deprecating... [Infinite Tuesday is] a nonlinear realm to which [Nesmith] is a distinctly likable, erudite guide."
"In his memoir, Infinite Tuesday, the highlights of [Nesmith's] career speak for themselves... Jimi Hendrix, who supported the Monkees on their first tour, got the Monkees; John Lennon got the Monkees; Zappa did too. These countercultural icons understood the genius of its premise -- simultaneously celebrating and satirizing popular culture, fabricating a faux-Beatlemania to rival Beatlemania itself -- and recognized its brilliant execution."
"Reads like the chronicle of a relentless seeker... although Nesmith certainly doesn't ignore the professional and social collaborations he's had with Douglas Adams, members of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, actor Jack Nicholson and numerous others."
"This selectively revealing, insightful memoir casts the cerebral Monkee as a spiritual seeker and self-deprecating visionary. Popular culture has barely revealed the tip of the iceberg that is Nesmith . . . . A book -- and a life -- unlike any other in rock."
"Nesmith may be most remembered for his role as the stoic guitarist in the Monkees, but his brilliant, candid, and humorous new autobiographical musings give readers a much clearer picture of his originality and inventiveness... Nesmith's entertaining memoir reveals his creative genius, his canny ability never to take himself too seriously, and his restless questions about the value of spirituality."
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