As you may know, Saturday is Record Store Day and there are hundreds of exclusive titles being released just for the occasion. Some of them don’t seem so essential—do you really need a 12″ picture disc of Toto’s “Africa” that’s in the shape of Africa? (ok, maybe you do)—but there are always a few things that get us excited. (We did want those Spacemen 3 reissues until we learned Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce asked fans not to buy them.) We also hope to find one of those free Hollie Cook singles on our journeys Saturday, but here are 17 things we’re actually looking for.
The Doors - ‘Live at the Matrix ’67’
Especially because Jim Morrison died before many of us younger fans could ever see him perform, The Doors’ live recordings and live films are worth treasuring. In honor of The Doors’ 50th anniversary, they’re giving the first-ever vinyl release to the recording of this show from the first year they were a band.
BrooklynVegan Staff. (2017, April 21). 2017 Record Store Day releases we’d actually like to own. Retrieved from www.brooklynvegan.com
The doors of percerption will open at The Square Bar this Saturday, April 22, when the bar hosts a tribute to The Doors, ‘The Roundhouse Doors’.
This Dublin-based tribute band recreates The Doors live experience as closely as possible in a two hour set.
Using original vintage instruments, the same as those used by The Doors themselves, this band is a must see for anyone who enjoys great live music with a set that spans the very best of The Doors repertoire presenting the perfect facsimile of the Jim Morrison era, and this seminal sixties group.
Dunne, R. (2017, April 20). Doors tribute band at The Square Bar this weekend. Retrieved from www.leinsterexpress.ie
About 40 years ago, Robby Krieger thought he had shut the Doors out of his life.
As guitarist and co-writer of some of the Doors’ best-known songs (“Light My Fire,” “Break On Through,” “Love Her Madly,” and many others), Krieger was part of an ensemble that sounded like nothing else in the rock world.
But the band’s charismatic frontman Jim Morrison died in 1971. Krieger and the other surviving members (keyboardist Ray Manzarek and drummer John Densmore) released two albums as a trio that met indifferent reaction.
Nutt, B. (2017, April 20). Robby Krieger Band at Newton Theatre Saturday. Retrieved from www.dailyrecord.com
Guitarist Robby Krieger is one of the legendary figures in rock. This celebration of the music of The Doors, which Robby had no small part in creating, is a one-of-a-kind experience that could only be performed by the man himself. Helping pen the majority of the group's songs, Robby had a very inventive approach to rock guitar playing, bringing in blues, Indian, jazz, flamenco and even classical styles to the band’s other worldly songs.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Robby was studying physics and Indian music at UCLA and playing in bands with friends when he bumped into a drummer he'd met a few years before, John Densmore. The two began jamming on blues together, while Krieger's interest in Indian music and culture continued to flourish, as he began dabbling with sitars (studying at the Kinnara School, which was founded by Ravi Shankar), and attending meditation classes. It was at one of these meditation classes that Krieger met keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Manzarek eventually convinced Krieger to come down and rehearse with a poet/singer he'd been working with, Jim Morrison. Their first rehearsal supposedly resulted in the penning of "Moonlight Drive," resulting in the birth of the Doors. Quickly building a name for themselves in L.A. with their unpredictable live shows, the Doors were signed to Elektra Records, and issued their debut album, The Doors, in 1967. The album would become one of rock's all-time classics, as it spawned the monster hits "Light My Fire," a tune penned entirely by Krieger. Subsequent studio releases: 1967's Strange Days, 1968's Waiting for the Sun, and 1969's The Soft Parade all included several classic songs, and by the dawn of the '70s, the band issued a pair of strong releases, 1970's Morrison Hotel and 1971's L.A. Woman.
Marchese, J. (2017, April 19). Robby Krieger: 50 Years of Doors Music. Retrieved from www.worcestermag.com
Suffice it to say that Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, and John Densmore set the night on fire with their debut album, the 1967 Elektra release of The Doors. That amalgamation of blues, rock, pop, jazz, and pure poetry has recently turned 50 years old, and so it’s received its first-ever box set expansion from Rhino as a limited, numbered 3-CD/1-LP hardcover book-style box set including both the original mono and stereo mixes of the original LP (with the mono version appearing on CD for the first time) and a live set on CD, as well as the mono album on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl.
Especially as heard in mono—the centerpiece of this deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition—The Doors is all tough snarl and raw energy from a club-honed garage band. When The Doors entered Sunset Sound in late August 1966, the band had enough material (all jointly credited to the group members) for two albums; the material would be winnowed down to eleven songs for the debut record produced by Paul Rothchild and engineered by Bruce Botnick. It took a bit more than a week and $10,000.00, and the group had an album. First released in January 1967, just months before the Summer of Love, The Doors was a proudly anti-hippie platter: more hellfire and brimstone than peace and love.
Marchese, J. (2017, April 19). Review: The Doors, “The Doors: 50th Anniversary Edition”. Retrieved from theseconddisc.com
Actually the recent death of Rock 'n' Roll Hall-of-Famer Chuck Berry launched the conversation. For those unaware, Berry, a black man from St. Louis, Missouri, died at age 90 on March 18, 2017. Songwriter-guitar player-showman extraordinaire, Berry is best remembered for rock standards such as "Johnny B. Goode," Maybellene," "Roll over Beethoven," plus his signature 'Duck Walk,' a funky dance move like none other.
Back to the conversation: I was talking to a young, male college student about Berry's death. The student, threadbare jeans, shoulder-length hair, said he didn't know much about Berry. However, the student proclaimed he was "really into Jim Morrison and The Doors."
Vinson, M. (2017, April 17). Rock 'n' Roll déjà vu: How Ray Manzarek opened 'The Doors'. Retrieved from www.cannoncourier.com
Before singing Break It Up, [Patti] Smith explained to the audience that she wrote the songs about The Doors frontman Jim Morrison, and based on her recollection of her visit of Morrison's grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery, in Paris, as well as a dream in which she witnessed Morrison stuck to a marble slab shaped as an angel, trying and eventually succeeding in breaking free from the stone with Morrison donning 'big white wings'.
It was the 1970s after all.
Encalada, J. (2017, April 14). Patti Smith: the mother of punk gave Jim Morrison his wings. Retrieved from www.northernstar.com.au
Among the many gods and myths of the sixties and seventies, Jim Morrison seems to embody the era perfectly. Young, passionate, in love with Romantic poetry, fiery, and unexpected, the would-be frontman for The Doors broke ties with the strict household he was raised in, to become the voice of a generation that wanted to move forward. For many, his image has become a bold legend of nonconformity and sexual awakening. Coming on to the scene in the sixties, when people were starting to erode the prudish traits of the preceding decade, Morrison turned into the poster boy of a youth inspired by utopian ideas of nineteenth century poets that became the anti-war hippie movements, which also paved the way for the sexual revolution.
When we think of Morrison, we think of his onstage persona, his relationship to Pamela Courson, and, of course, of his untimely death. But there was more to him than that rockstar façade. There was an artist who wanted to be heard more than adored, who struggled with his art being just seen as something for the masses, rather than the poetry with which he dreamed of changing the world. The following are excerpts and phrases he made through his lyrics, poems, and a rather candid interview with Creem magazine’s Lizzie James a year before his death. They show us who Jim Morrison was, beyond the legend of the Lizard King. This was the heart of a man who dreamed of being a truly free spirit.
Suárez, M. (2017, April 11). 8 Love Lessons We Learned From The Lizard King, Jim Morrison. Retrieved from www.culturacolectiva.com
Everyone loves a good mystery, and while we usually expect tales of unknown intrigue to be in the form of books or movies, there are many unsolved tales throughout music history that has puzzled fans for years. Is Paul dead? Who killed Biggie and Tupac? Did Led Zeppelin get freaky with a groupie and a freshly caught mud shark? Most of these stories have either been proven false or remain unsolved (except for the "mud shark" one...turns out that one's true), but the is one particular question that has remained a classic rock legend to this day: What the hell happened at the Doors' concert in Miami?
There are many varying accounts of the night of March 1, 1969, but what we at least know for sure is that the show was unmitigated chaos, the incident marked the beginning of the end for the Doors, and the night ended with the band's enigmatic frontman, Jim Morrison, facing jail time for allegedly showing his genitals to the crowd of 12,000 people. But before we get into whether or not Morrison pulled out his little Jimmy onstage, let's zoom out and discuss the night in its entirety, including the events leading up to it and its lasting impact on the legacy of the Doors and Jim Morrison.
Steiner R. (2017, April 10). REMINISCENT MONDAY: Jim Morrison's Privates and the 'Miami Incident'. Retrieved from www.baeblemusic.com
It is now more than half a century since The Doors published their first album in 1967. Although they only made music for five years, through his mysterious death in Paris in 1971, the charismatic and self-destructive Jim Morrison, managed to create a legend. He did not live to be the poet he wanted to be, but he has become a cult figure even today.
The death of Morrison was the last in a string of rock deaths, which began with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones in 1969, and continued on with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix in 1970, all at the age of 27—although the doctor who saw Morrison’s body thought that he was 57. In order to understand his tragedy, we have to go back to his childhood. After The Doors began, Jim did not see his parents again, saying that his only family was his sister.
De Segovia, J. (2017, April 5). The Doors - Riders on the Storm. Retrieved from www.evangelicalfocus.com
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