Mike Nesmith shot to fame in the late 1960s as one of four members of the made-for-TV rock band, The Monkees. Nesmith and fellow Monkees Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, and Peter Tork recorded the hit songs like "Daydream Believer," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," and "I'm a Believer," but at the height of their stardom, an ill-fated stint in the 1968 movie called Head marked the beginning of the band's demise.
In his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday, Mike Nesmith writes about his life as a Monkee and his friendships with Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, LSD guru Timothy Leary, and most notably, Jack Nicholson. According to People, Nesmith says when he first met Nicholson, the actor was still an unknown and looking for work as an actor-writer-director.
The duo first met through actor Peter Fonda, who was a motorcycle riding buddy of Mike's. Later, Nicholson showed up on the set of The Monkees to see his friends Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, the producers of the show.
"We became friends and steady companions right away," Nesmith writes of Nicholson.
"When Jack came on the scene of The Monkees' TV production, he was not yet famous and was one of the few people I met who seemed self-aware and grounded. At the same time, his demeanor and sense of humor was exceptional and like catnip for me. I thought he was the coolest guy, and since this was long before the term bromance entered the US lexicon, some people in my crowd of friends thought my fascination with him was beyond the pale."