I find myself more in synch with The Doors these past two weeks. Recently I purchased the Doors tour documentary, Feast of Friends as a Blu-Ray movie option. It is a 40 minute film that centers around The Doors 1968 tour. I watched on my MacBook Pro. I was captivated by the footage of the band members. I especially love “The End” performed live at The Hollywood Bowl.
Funded by the band and directed by Paul Ferrara, one of Morrison’s film-school friends, ‘Feast of Friends’ doesn’t stick to typical rock documentary territory, expanding to focus on interactions with fans, friends and bystanders. The climate of American politics and fashion, circa 1968, is also captured along the way, as ‘Feast of Friends’ veers off the beaten path to tell its story.
Read More: The Doors, ‘A Feast Of Friends’ – DVD Review
This Classic Rock issue is available via Apple iTunes and can also be found on newsstands such as Barnes & Noble. Since this publication comes from the UK it will carry an import duty when you purchase it at the store. The publisher will reward the in store purchaser with a CD rubber glued to the front cover. (See picture below)
That is how I used to buy Classic Rock Magazine at Barnes & Noble. Due to the fact the publication ships from the UK you may not see the hard copy magazine at Barnes & Noble until the 20th of the month or later. My preference is shifting to the digital edition via the Web or on my iPad.
Digital publishing and the nature of online subscription is an ever moving target. TeamRock (the UK parent publishing firm for multiple rock magazines) has come up with a new way to meet the demands of its international readership.
You can trial the Web HTML5 digital editions of Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog Rock for 30 days for free at TeamRock+. After 30 days it will cost you $3.99 British Pounds, $6.25 US a month for all three digital mags ($2.08 each digital publication a month is a good deal to stay up to speed on these rock genres.) They differ from the iPad edition in layout, appearance, etc.
This is quite the nod to Web browser readers by TeamRock. I trust it will be a successful business model for this UK specialty publisher.
December 8, 2013 marks the 70th birthday of the late singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors.
I always think of Jim Morrison as poet first, singer second. The posthumous recording An American Prayer evidences Jim’s poetic pentameter in a haunting, personal dimension.
Five years after the group disbanded (1973), Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore reunited for the recording of this album, produced by superimposing the voice of Jim Morrison (mostly taken from a recording of poems recited by the singer in 1970) the music composed for the occasion.
A major fan of Jim Morrison’s poetry is Patti Smith our poetess of punk. Patti Smith wrote a review of An American Prayer in Creem Magazine in 1979, american prayer (scream of the butterfly).
“His fatal flaw was that his most precious skin was the thin membrane that housed the blood of the poet,” she wrote.
“He pledged his allegiance, in the end, to language, to the word. And it did him in…An American Prayer resounds in the silence that surrounds the cocoon of the lord, he is sleeping, hibernating, awaiting the changeling and the elegance of his change.”
I plan to honor Jim Morrison’s birthday by listening to An American Prayer. I played this album often on the air when I was an FM disk jockey in the 70s.
A challenge I especially enjoy as a music enthusiast is staying in league with artists I admire. The Doors hold a sacred place in the music of our heart.
This past week provided exciting moments for Doors fans. Robby Krieger and John Densmore, the surviving Doors members made an appearance together on December 5th at the Los Angeles screening of Mr. Mojo Risin’ : The Story of L.A. Woman at the Bing Theatre, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
The multi-tiered event “An Evening With the Doors” provided a warm atmosphere for Krieger and Densmore to reflect upon The Doors, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.
The special surprise was that Robby Krieger and John Densmore performed four Doors songs together, “People Are Strange”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Spanish Caravan,” and “Riders On The Storm” (with a little “Ghost Riders In The Sky”).
Here is a YouTube video of their performance that was leaked onto the Web.
I also refer you to the Rolling Stone Magazine article listed in the Related Articles section below. You will find an interview conducted after the event with Robby Krieger and John Densmore.
The Doors iPad App Version 2.0
Earlier that same day The Doors iPad app was updated to include a new section, “Ray Remembered” which features drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger’s first interview together in more than a decade, held to commemorate keyboardist Ray Manzarek. “Ray Remembered” also includes a new slide show of rare and unseen images and an essay about Ray Manzarek by Adam Holzman, son of Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman, the architect behind The Doors iPad app.
I had reported in October that Gov’t. Mule would host Robby Krieger of The Doors for their annual Halloween concert, Mule-O-Ween.
I downloaded the Mule Tracks from the 10/30 show in LA in ALAC-HD. Man are they sweet, Where’s My Mule?
The event went so well (it was a two night gig, with a 10/31 show in Oakland) that Gov’t. Mule and Robby Krieger are repeating the event for East Coast fans on New Years Eve 12/31 at where else but The Beacon ;)
I posted a “speculative” blog post on September 27th, Mule-O-Ween 2013 – A Doors Tribute?. My personal thanks to Ida Miller Doors Super Fan who has been responsible for publishing an authoritative Doors Fan Site for many years. Ida substantiated that my door of perception about the Gov’t. Mule 2013 Mule-O-Ween shows would be about The Doors and more exciting than that Robby Krieger will be playing along with Gov’t. Mule in Los Angeles, 10/30 and Oakland 10/31.
I know deep inside the music of our heart that these shows will pay loving tribute and honor to Ray Manzarek’s memory, which is ever-present like Jim Morrison.
Robby Krieger posted the substantiation of his participation in Mule-O-Ween 2013 on his Facebook page on 10/12:
Every Halloween, Gov’t Mule does a show featuring the music of another band. This year it’s The Doors with special guest, Robby Krieger! On the 30th they will do a show in LA at the Fonda Theater, and then on the 31st in Oakland at the Fox Theater. Check it out of you can!
I sure do wish I could get out to LA for the 10/30 show. At the very least I plan to order the 10/30 & 10/31 shows from MuleTracks when they become available. :)
Where’s My Mule? ;) Rocking real soon with Robby Krieger!
The past few years Gov’t. Mule has performed a special Halloween concert in various U.S. cities as part of their fall tour. They select a famous rock group and pay tribute to their legacy. Past Mule-O-Ween shows have featured Gov’t. Mule playing the music of Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin. The Mule will choose a favorite album by these artists and play that album in its entirety.
This year it looks like Gov’t. Mule will be honoring The Doors in Los Angeles 10/30 and Oakland 10/31. There has been no official announcement but the poster design seems to indicate this as that is the fonts and the color scheme of The Doors. It will be awesome if they invited Robbie Krieger and/or John Densmore to play with them. That is purely speculation on my part.
I love that they will be honoring the late Ray Manzarek who we greatly miss and The Doors that night.
An enthusiastic music of our heartfelt thanks to Jac Holzman, Robin Hurely, Brandwidth U.K., and Warner Music Group for delivering to us music technology fans an intelligently designed, highly accessible multimedia app, The Doors Official App for the Apple iPad. Smartly priced at $4.99 it is half the price of a vinyl EP ($10) but a tremendous value as a content reservoir to immerse ourselves inside.
The Doors – The Doors App (Official Trailer)
Jac Holzman is the consummate music visionary who continues to shape our entertainment taste by effectively wielding technology for highest interpretation value. I love that he is excited about the fiber optic connection he has to Warner Music Group and the InterWeb. I continue to be influenced by Jac Holzman as he asserts himself as subject matter authority in digital music content usability.
It stands to reason that the first person to review the app on iTunes would be Bruce Botnick, The Doors audio engineer and record producer. He is the definitive source along with Jac Holzman to the band’s creative historic output. What better seal of approval existent (next to Ray, Robbie and John) is there to confirm the digital archive than Bruce’s role and responsibilities with The Doors.
The Definitive Doors – Five Stars
Beautifully laid out with great depth and sensitivity to the true history, the band and their music. It works extremely well on my iPad 1 with no crashes or gotcha’s. I highly recommend it to all present and future Doors fans.
I was looking on The Record Store Day Website for The List 2013 when I found something much more valuable. John Densmore, drummer for The Doors has written and self-published a new book, The Doors: Unhinged, available on April 17, 2013 (CreateSpace and Kindle Direct). There will be a special hardcover edition available exclusively for sale at independent Record Store Day retailers, April 20, 2013. John Densmore is conducting a book tour to be held at various record stores across the United States.
The book was self-published with Amazon’s CreateSpace an on-demand publishing platform. I am vehement about this distribution method of distribution. My plan is to self-publish a book this way in the future.
The premise of John Densmore’s book is the “greed gene”, and how that part of the human psyche propels us toward the accumulation of more and more wealth, even at the expense of our principles and friendships and the well-being of society. In effect no amount of money seems to be enough for even the wealthiest people.
This is an important societal characteristic to check. It’s at the heart of the Occupy movement which denotes the classic struggle between the haves and have-nots.
I recall when John Densmore sued The Doors of the 21st Century. I was upset for the rift amongst The Doors. I had seen Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger twice live as that namesake band. I liked the moniker and how it felt to see them perform with Ian Astbury on vocals and Ty Dennis on drums. I originally sided with Ray and Robbie in the matter. But after closer examination of the issue and the understanding of honoring Jim Morrison’s wishes, I realized friendship and integrity trump greed.
I’ll am eager to read John Densmore’s interpretation of the lawsuit to get a better understanding about his sentiments and belief. The music press served as a “filter” for what transpired and I feel its best to read this from John’s point of view. I am hoping I can meet John Densmore at one of the record store tour events and get a signed copy of the hardcover edition.
The Record Store Day Official List was published on Wednesday March 20. You can find it here.
The Doors will once again have a Record Store Day Release Exclusive. A special 7″ release in the Warner “Side By Side” series. Side A is The Doors’ “Soul Kitchen” and Side B includes X’s cover of the song, produced by Ray Manzarek. This one is on milky clear colored vinyl and limited to 3000 copies,
2102, The Year of The Doors is upon us. The 40th Anniversary of L.A. Woman is being celebrated in high fashion today, January 9th. The World Premiere of the first completely new and unreleased track by The Doors in 40 years, “She Smells So Nice” can be heard on Sound Cloud here.
This unique gem was found by co-producer Bruce Botnick when he was reviewing the L.A. Woman session tapes for the upcoming reissue.
The Doors L.A. Woman 40th Anniversary merchandise will start shipping on or about January 20th, 2012.
There will be a two CD re-issue of the original album, remastered, with an extra disc of bonus material. Disc two has previously unreleased alternate versions of songs featured on the original album along with studio chatter by the band from the recording sessions. Liner notes written by David Fricke, Sr. Editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and original album producer Bruce Botnick.
There will also be a DVD, Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman. Eagle Rock Entertainment has created this documentary detailing how The Doors created their last studio album. Mr Mojo Risin’ goes into detail of how the album came about, its recording and what was happening to the band at the time. The story is told through new interviews with the three surviving Doors: Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore plus contributions from Jac Holzman, founder of their label, Elektra Records, Bill Siddons, their manager, Bruce Botnick, engineer and co-producer of the album and others associated with the Doors at this time. The show includes archive footage of the Doors performing both live and in the studio, classic photographs and new musical demonstrations from the Doors.
I love to haunt the stacks in a book store that feature books about music. Whenever I enter a new book store I make a beeline for the Music and Arts section of the store. I will find at least two-three new titles or thumb through old favorite books I don’t own yet.
My two favorite music book authors are Greil Marcus and Peter Guralnick. They are each articulate writers who write authoritative, well researched works. My admiration for their writing stems from their superior command of the music subjects they cover. They each paint a poetic landscape that is captured in stunning prose and incredible descriptive depth. Their passion for music, its artistry and the artists who create the sounds reaches way inside of me.
Greil Marcus has released a new book, The Doors, A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years, published by PublicAffairs books. The book is receiving solid press and there are two Web articles in particular about the book, the author and The Doors I want to bring to your attention. One was written two weeks back for the New York Times by Dwight Garner, “Listening Again to Rock’s Wild Child and Finding Grandeur and Dread”. That article stimulated my interest and I thumbed through a copy at Yale Bookstore on Black Friday.
I didn’t buy it that day but I placed it back in the stack with gingerly care as if to say, “I’ll be back for you someday soon…”
Then today I saw a Facebook share post about The Doors on NPR. “The Doors Prove Strange Days Are Still With Us.” It was a continuation of Greil Marcus and his subject The Doors. So I got to read a chapter excerpt and to hear Greil Marcus’s thoughts about this eternal band I love so much.
So Santa Claus I am adding this book to my Christmas list ;)