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The remarkable story of the 60's duo Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who created the sound of The Monkees and scored hit after hit, influencing a generation.
Rachel Lichtman
Los Angeles, California
United States
2 Team Members

Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart have been called “...two of the world’s most prolific, successful and influential songwriters." They helped create the sound of a new generation, garnering Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. As producers, writers and artists they have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. 

Best known for their work with The Monkees (composing and producing such hits as "Last Train To Clarksville," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "Valleri" and "(theme from) The Monkees"), they rode a wave of success that lasted through to their climactic split in January, 1970.

The Guys Who Wrote ‘Em provides an in-depth, personal perspective on not only songwriting in the 1960s, but also the complicated relationships surrounding Boyce & Hart's unique story. Behind-the-scenes anecdotes are told with humor and raw openness by narrator, Bobby Hart, and the subjects themselves in new interviews (Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, Keith Allison & Kim Fowley), as well as vintage commentary from the late Tommy Boyce.

The film is compiled from never-before-seen home movies, photographs and audio interviews combined with one-of-a-kind archival television clips, set against the Boyce & Hart songs that outsold both The Beatles and Rolling Stones combined in 1967. This unique perspective on history documents the inside story of Boyce & Hart’s contribution to television, politics, music and the cultural revolution of the late sixties.

What We Need: 

This film is now near completion and almost ready for release. As a self-funded project it is set for festival screenings and public distribution, but not without your help. The film requires the finishing funds to license the rare television footage and music, mix the sound and complete final editing. 

This is a brief but crucial campaign to get this project to the screen. Time is of the essence; without your help this film cannot be completed. Fans of The Monkees, songwriting, the 1960's, vintage popular culture, Los Angeles and music history - we need your support! 

Even if you can't contribute financially, please help tweet, Facebook or e-mail links to friends and help spread the word!

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    Rare Vinyl 45 St Matthew

    Ultra rare vinyl 45's included with now out-of-print Rhino Handmade The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees box set. Featuring two otherwise unavailable demos of Michael Nesmith's "St. Matthew" and Peter Tork's "Lady's Baby" on one 7" vinyl 45, signed by none other than Micky Dolenz in black sharpie!

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $25USD
    Boyce and Hart pin back button

    Limited edition pin back button featuring Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart

    28 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $50USD
    Magnet and pin set

    Limited edition Boyce and Hart full-sized magnet, plus a limited edition pin

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014

    The Monkees Book

    The rare, out-of-print Monkees bible by Andrew Sandoval - The Monkees - The day-by-day story of the 60s TV pop sensation - featuring all their 1960's concerts, recording sessions and television episodes. Personalized and autographed by the author for you!

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014

    11x14 signed photo

    Gorgeous black & white photo print on high quality stock of Micky Dolenz wearing a pin-striped suit. Shot on the set of The Monkees in 1966 and signed in April 2014 by Dolenz in black sharpie.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014

    11x14 color signed photo

    Signed by Micky Dolenz of The Monkees in black sharpie, a rare color 11x14 photo print on high quality photo paper posed shot wearing a contrasting polka dot shirt in 1966.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD
    Monkees Rare Single

    Daydream Believer (alternate mix)/I Didn't Know You Had It In You Sally, You're A Real Ball of Fire - two otherwise unavailable tracks by The Monkees on a 7" vinyl single that was withdrawn! Never to be reissued, these tracks were never on CD or available online digitally. A true collector's item

    14 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD
    Autographed Poster and Pin

    Limited edition film poster (designed by Mark London - who created such incredible artwork as Brian Wilson's Smile) personally signed by Bobby Hart to you. Plus, you get Boyce and Hart pin.

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $200USD
    Bobby calls you!

    Only 5 available! In addition to a personalized poster and pin, you'll receive a phone call from Bobby Hart himself!

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $500USD
    Production credit, autograph

    Production credit in the film, a personalized autograph by Bobby Hart on the object of your choice. Buyer responsible for shipping.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Production credit

    Production credit, limited edition film poster signed by Bobby Hart, invitation to red carpet LA premiere, invitation to dinner with Bobby Hart in LA (travel at donator's expense).

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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