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The Monkees celebrate 50th anniversary by teaming with modern pop luminaries for a new album

The Monkees celebrate 50th anniversary by teaming with modern pop luminaries for a new album

When the TV series “The Monkees” premiered on Sept. 12, 1966, by all rights it should have been nothing more than a effervescent bubble on the face of pop culture —something to be enjoyed now, because surely it would burst and quickly vanish.

Half a century later, many key players in that strictly-of-the-moment enterprise are as amazed as anyone that the Monkees, once derisively nicknamed “The Pre-Fab Four,” live on in 2016.

On May 27, the first Monkees album with new material in 20 years will be released by Rhino Records. Called “Good Times!,” the album bridges the group’s five-decade lifespan...

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