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  • Light My Fire

    07/31/2017 11:34:18 AM PDT · by Twotone · 79 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 30, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Exactly half a century ago - July 29th 1967 - this song hit Number One on the Billboard Hot One Hundred. This essay is adapted from Mark's book A Song For The Season: It was 50 years ago today-ish that Sgt Pepper was going on about how it was 20 years ago today. That's to say, the "Summer of Love" is half a century old: It's longer ago today than the summer of flappers and charlestons and bootleg gin was back in 1967. But, boomers being the most self-absorbed generation in history, we're going to be living with boomer pop...
  • The Doors’ Debut Is Still One of the Most Dangerous Albums Ever

    01/04/2017 2:39:50 PM PST · by EveningStar · 140 replies
    Observer ^ | January 4, 2017 | John Kruth
    One glance at the cover of The Doors’ debut album and you knew the summer of love was over and the flower children were headed straight for the sanitarium. These Doors, as drummer John Densmore later quipped, were clearly “unhinged.” Ray Manzarek carried the stern countenance of a Protestant preacher, hunched over the keyboard driving Jim Morrison into new, uncharted realms as he delivered psychedelic sermons. Manzarek’s studied glare behind his rimless glasses and stiff, formal appearance (preferring suits to the colorful ad-hoc hippie esthetic) gave him the air of a tidy yet maniacal schoolmaster while guitarist Robby Kreiger resembled...
  • Marianne Faithfull Tells MOJO: “I Know Who Killed Jim Morrison”

    08/05/2014 7:43:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    MOJO Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | By MOJO Staff
    “I DON’T LIKE LONDON,” admits Marianne Faithfull in the new issue of MOJO magazine. “I come here for promotion and I’m asked the most incredible questions.” The last time she was here one journalist even had the brass neck to ask her “Why exactly did you kill Jim Morrison?”
  • R.I.P., Ray Manzarek, Keyboardist for the Doors

    05/22/2013 6:02:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 41 replies
    Grantland ^ | 22 May 2013 | steven Hyden
    Do teenagers still go through a Doors phase? I mean, is that still possible? Jesus, I think it is. It’s not as if the Doors’ music is any more dated now than it was in the early ’90s, back when I went through my Doors phase and a lot of other kids at my middle school when through their Doors phases. Deciding at a certain age that the Doors are the coolest band that ever existed seems like a rite of passage on par with getting drunk in a park on a bottle of blackberry brandy — it might be...
  • The Doors' Ray Manzarek dies at 74

    05/21/2013 6:21:32 AM PDT · by massmike · 134 replies ^ | 05/21/2013 | n/a
    The Doors' founding keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, died in Germany Monday after a long fight with cancer, his publicist said in a statement. He was 74. The artist had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. The Doors formed in 1965 after Manzarek happened to meet Jim Morrison on California's Venice Beach. The legendary rock group went on to sell 100 million albums worldwide, establishing five multiplatinum discs in the U.S Morrison died in 1971, but Manzarek carried on The Doors' legacy, continuing to work as a musician and an author.
  • Jim Morrison Could Get a Posthumous Pardon

    11/09/2010 7:01:49 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    NewsCore (Fox News) ^ | November 9, 2010
    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is said to be considering a posthumous pardon for Jim Morrison -- The Doors singer charged with indecent exposure in 1969 following a concert in Miami -- in the months remaining in his term, The Hill newspaper reported Monday.
  • Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may consider clearing name of Doors front man.

    11/08/2010 11:20:15 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 27 replies
    Rocker Jim Morrison Could Join List of Infamous Musical Pardons Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may consider clearing name of Doors front man. By Ben Terris Monday, November 8, 2010 | 1:56 p.m. County Public Safety Department The Doors frontman posed for this 1970 mugshot after being charged with indecent exposure at a Miami concert the year before. Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist may soon be part of a great tradition in the exercise of executive power: pardoning rock stars. Crist told The Hill that he was considering a posthumous pardon for Doors front man Jim Morrison, who was charged...
  • Jim Morrison's dad dies aged 89

    12/02/2008 8:08:45 AM PST · by Borges · 50 replies · 3,174+ views
    The Doors star Jim Morrison's father has died, aged 89. Rear Admiral George Morrison died of natural causes on 17 November. A veteran of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Morrison was largely disowned by his rock star son, who insisted his parents were dead in early interviews. The feeling was mutual - the seaman rarely discussed his son as he rose up the ranks. In 1990, Morrison visited his son's grave in Paris, France and had a plaque installed. Shortly after the Morrisons moved to Coronado, California in 2002, the admiral's wife died, and reports suggest he...
  • Surviving Doors about to settle suit

    08/22/2008 10:51:53 AM PDT · by weegee · 19 replies · 313+ views
    AP via CNN ^ | Aug, 22, 2008 | no byline
    SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- The end is near for a bitter legal dispute between the three surviving members of The Doors now that the California Supreme Court has refused to take up their case. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger are on the hook for more than $5 million after they were found by lower courts to have improperly invoked The Doors' name and images during a 2003 concert tour. After the high court declined to hear their appeal on August 13, they'll have to pay up to drummer John Densmore, the parents of the deceased lead singer...
  • Jim Morrison Poem Used in New Global Warming Campaign

    02/03/2007 5:19:30 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 35 replies · 2,748+ views
    Rock 103 Memphis ^ | January 31, 2007 | Staff
    His poem "Woman In The Window" is set to music and will be released as a single in April. Rock legend Jim Morrison is helping the fight against global warming from beyond the grave, with the release of a song he wrote. Environmental campaigners have taken a poem, "Woman In The Window," written by Morrison shortly before he died in 1971, and set it to music, with the help of New Order and former Jane's Addiction star Perry Farrell. The track was given to Farrell by the Jim Morrison estate. It will be released as a single in April. Dan...
  • Lost Jim Morrison Song Found

    01/17/2007 12:33:04 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 30 replies · 2,057+ views
    Rock 103 ^ | January 15, 2007 | Staff
    Late Doors frontman Jim Morrison is to make an unlikely comeback - an unreleased song featuring the rocker has been found. "Woman in the Window" will be featured on a forthcoming album by rockers Satellite Party. The new song will feature both Morrison and vocals from Satellite Party. An industry insider says, "To hear Morrison performing on a new track is obviously going to be a dream come true for fans. It's being tipped as a massive hit." The icon died of heart failure in 1971, at age 27.
  • It was 40 years ago this weekend, The Doors entered the charts.

    01/05/2007 7:27:43 PM PST · by Dane · 36 replies · 582+ views
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  • Jim Morrison's Dad Breaks Silence

    11/13/2006 4:50:46 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 72 replies · 23,626+ views
    ROCK 103 Memphis ^ | November 9, 2006 | AP
    "The fact that he's dead is unfortunate but looking back on his life it's a very pleasant thought."The father of late The Doors singer Jim Morrison has branded the death of his estranged son "unfortunate," despite the rocker often singing about his family's imagined demise. George Morrison, a retired Navy admiral, insists memories of his rocker son are "pleasant" - even though he once joked his parents were dead and used Oedipal rant "The End" to imagine killing his dad and sleeping with his mother. However, in a new memoir of the band, George remains positive about his child. Contributing...
  • Jim Morrison's dad breaks silence about estranged son

    11/09/2006 10:38:15 AM PST · by weegee · 85 replies · 1,490+ views
    Reuters News Service via Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 9, 2006, 9:08AM | no byline
    LOS ANGELES -- The father of late Doors singer Jim Morrison has broken his silence to share memories of his estranged son, who once sang about killing him and joked that his family was dead. George Morrison, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, is one of the contributors to The Doors by the Doors, an authorized memoir released this week. The book's author, rock journalist Ben Fong-Torres, also interviewed the band's three surviving members and Jim's younger brother and sister, among others. "We look back on him with great delight ... The fact that he's dead is unfortunate but looking back...
  • Early Jim Morrison film unearthed in Fla.: Film Depicts Jim Morrison While a Student

    03/10/2005 11:41:18 AM PST · by wmichgrad · 81 replies · 2,438+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 10, 2005 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Before The Doors' Jim Morrison made it as a rock singer, he wanted to make films. Now, 34 years after his death, the state of Florida has found and restored what it believes to be the earliest film of Morrison, shot in the early 60s when he attended Florida State University. It was discovered when the Department of State went through 1,000 films in its archive and may have gone unnoticed if Jaime Madden hadn't noticed a familiarity in the way young Morrison was standing in part of the brief clip. "He said, 'Oh my god! This...
  • Former Doors drummer wins suit against bandmates

    07/23/2005 7:31:33 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 66 replies · 1,384+ views
    Reuters (via Yahoo) ^ | 23 July 05 | Dean Goodman
    Former Doors drummer wins suit against bandmates LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former drummer for The Doors won a permanent injunction on Friday preventing his bandmates from using the rock group's name while touring with a revamped version of the legendary 1960s act. The Los Angeles Superior Court order also requires keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger, who have been touring as The Doors of the 21st Century, to turn over all the profits earned by the new combo to the original Doors partnership. The decision represents a major victory for Doors drummer John Densmore, who told Reuters he...
  • Filmmaker Claims Jim Morrison Is Alive In Oregon

    05/19/2005 5:45:17 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 193 replies · 8,536+ views ^ | today | some guy
    NEW YORK (Wireless Flash) – Here’s news that will light the fire of Jim Morrison fans: A filmmaker claims The Doors’ frontman is alive and raising horses on a ranch in southern Oregon. Rodeo photographer Gerald Pitts insists Morrison didn’t die in July of 1971 and he has current photographs and film footage of the rocker to prove it. Pitts, who met Morrison in 1998, says the rocker staged his death because of a French conspiracy to kill him, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix with narcotics because they were all Vietnam war protestors. These days, Morrison isn’t the drug user...
  • Doors Manager Danny Sugerman Dead at 50

    01/09/2005 1:59:09 PM PST · by weegee · 6 replies · 556+ views
    Reuters/Hollywood Reporter ^ | Thu Jan 6, 2005 08:21 PM ET | By Chris Morris
    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors and the principal caretaker of the Los Angeles band's legend, died Wednesday in West Hollywood after a long battle with cancer. He was 50. Sugerman became involved with the Doors as a teenage fan during the group's heyday in the late '60s. He worked as a go-fer for the band, and idolized flamboyant lead singer Jim Morrison. After Morrison's death in Paris in 1971, he became increasingly involved with the surviving members' career and eventually served as their manager. At his death, he was partnered with co-manager Jeff...
  • Larry Buchanan [Obituary]

    12/29/2004 2:35:36 PM PST · by flitton · 13 replies · 787+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 28/12/04 | telegraph obituarist
    Larry Buchanan, the filmmaker who has died aged 81, specialised in the niche market for what he called "guerrilla filmmaking" - truly dreadful B-movies with such names as Zontar, the Thing from Venus; Curse of the Swamp Creature; Naughty Dallas and Mars Needs Women, a film which reputedly features in every list of the worst movies ever made. But even this last title found a market, and reached its widest audiences in a version dubbed into Yiddish. Buchanan combined the roles of producer, director, screenwriter, editor and, where appropriate, voice-over narrator. He was unashamed, even proud, of tacky production values,...
  • Arab man sets himself on Fire at the White House

    11/15/2004 11:00:29 AM PST · by Dog · 850 replies · 43,418+ views