On January 28, 1968 Jim Morrison was arrested with author Robert Gover in Las Vegas. You can read the events of that arrest in The Doors Examiner article "Doors Lead Singer Arrested with Author." Last year on this anniversary Robert Gover was kind enough to share his thoughts and rememberances of Jim Morrison in a Doors Examiner article, here's the article as Robert…Continue
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I know I've mentioned to a few of you my Doors inspired novel The Last Stage. For those of you who would like to read it I've posted the book as a serial on a blog, the first two chapters are up and a new one will go up everyday! Here's the introduction with links to the chapters.
Writers want to be read. Readers want to read good books and discover new writers. It’s a leap of faith to ask readers to invest in an unknown writer and ask readers to buy a…Continue
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It started with a static electric shock. Patricia Kennealy met Jim Morrison for the first time in the Plaza Hotel in New York for an interview for Jazz & Pop magazine January 25th, 1969. Kennealy who had seen The Doors perform the night before at Madison Square Garden didn’t know what to expect from Morrison, but from that meeting started an on-again, off-again relationship that lasted the rest of Morrison’s life.
Aside from Pam Courson, Kennealy may be the most well known of…Continue
The Doors played Madison Square Garden on January 24th, 1969, becoming one of the first group to start playing large stadiums and simultaneously hitting the apogee of their career.
In moving to the larger stadiums The Doors realized they were losing the intimacy of the smaller venues they had played up until then in favor of larger paydays and reaching a larger audience at the same time. Bill Graham warned the band of this and even offered them dates at the Fillmore East, but The…Continue
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John Densmore reopens The Doors of Perception- There are a couple competing interviews with John Densmore and Ray Manzarek, both seem to offer an “olive branch” of reconciliation. In the interview with the Maui News in the article "John Densmore reopens The Doors of Perception," Densmore says in his forthcoming book he offers that “olive branch” but doesn’t say exactly what that may be.
Egyptian Theater Q&A-At Friday January 20th’s question and answer session following the…Continue
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Last night at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles was a screening of “The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Making of L.A. Woman.” It was attended by Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, Bruce Botnick, Jim Ladd, Jeff Jampol, and Jac Holzman. While The Doors Examiner wasn’t able to attend the screening pictures have become available through photographer Kevin Winter with Getty Images. You can see the photos in the slide show in the left hand sidebar of this article., at…Continue
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For the second time in two years The Doors have released a documentary on film about the band. In spring of 2010 it was “When You’re Strange” with footage taken mostly from Jim Morrison’s film “HWY.” This year to kick off the self described “The Year of The Doors” is the film “The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Making of L.A. Woman.”
“The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Making of L.A. Woman” tells the story of the making of The Doors seminal album, “L.A. Woman”. Relying on mostly footage taken…Continue
January 17, 1970 The Doors start a two night stand at the Felt Forum that was to be a tour in support of the forthcoming release “Morrison Hotel”, it was also the start of the final year of The Doors as live touring band with Jim Morrison.
The previous year had been a bad one for The Doors, in the aftermath of the March of 1969 concert in Miami Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure and the rest of their tour was cancelled. The Doors took advantage of this enforced hiatus…Continue
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In talking about personalities associated with The Doors we naturally talk about Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, secondarily Paul Rothchild, Jac Holzman and Bruce Botnick. When we talk about The Doors management we usually talk about Danny Sugerman, but for the last ten years or so, Jeff Jampol has been the manager of The Doors and Jim Morrison’s estate, as well as other rock legends, such as Janis Joplin and Peter Tosh.
Full article and video at…Continue
Added by Jim Cherry on January 15, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments
Man...here lately I've been listening to all my PINK FLOYD Bootlegs,And just enjoying all that Great music they made over the years. Right now I'm hooked on thier 1975 & 1977 tours, most of all the "1977 ANIMALS Tour" or some people call that "In The Fleash Tour".....There was such a Great set list to that tour...."Sheep, Pigs on the Wing pt.1, Dogs, Pigs on the Wing pt.2, Pigs three different ones, Shine on you Crazy Diamond I-V, Welcome to Machine, Have a Cigar, Wish you were Here,…Continue
January 12th, 1993, The Doors are inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The Doors were inducted into the Hall of Fame with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam giving the opening remarks. Ray, Robby and John appeared on stage with Jim Morrison’s sister Anne Cherney. Ms. Cherney’s remarks were brief thanking everybody in her family’s name for honoring Jim. Robby told an anecdote of his parents loaning The Doors $300 so the band could buy some needed keyboards, Robby said he didn’t think the…Continue
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In times gone by there used to be small books about writers, not quite biographies, more like biographical meditations on the writer, his work and his life; the best known example of this may be Henry Miller’s book on French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud, a book that Jim Morrison and Dennis Jakob surely knew. In “Summer With Morrison”, Dennis Jakob, a UCLA film school friend of Morrison’s, does the favor to Morrison in writing a small book of meditations, it isn’t a throwback or even an…Continue
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While Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek where making their way to the UCLA film school, on January 11, 1964, The Whisky a-go-go opens its doors and into rock history. The Whisky very quickly rose in prominence on the Sunset Strip as well as in the music industry.
Founded by Elmer Valentine, Mario Maglieri, and Phil Tanzini, The Whisky, which had to spell it’s name without the e in whiskey because Los Angeles city zoning laws didn’t allow clubs to be named after alcohol, boasted live music…Continue
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The Doors have officially released “She Smells so Nice” a track “L.A. Woman” producer Bruce Botnick found while going through session tapes of “L.A. Woman” while looking for alternate tracks for the forthcoming “The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Making of L.A. Woman” coming January 24th.
“She Smells so Nice” is more of a jam that sounds vaguely Greatful Dead-ish, or maybe in the vein of good time blues like “Roadhouse Blues.” Listening to the track you can hear why it didn’t make it to…Continue
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Today is Doors guitarist Robby Krieger’s 66th birthday. Krieger wrote most of The Doors more popular songs, such as, “Light My Fire”, reportedly written in 20 minutes, “Love Me Two Times”, “Touch Me”, (which was originally titled “Hit Me), “Love Her Madly”, and “Wishful Sinful”. He was also voted 91st in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest guitarists.
Robby was born in Los Angeles. Developing an early interest in music, he played trumpet as a child and later after discovering the…Continue
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The Doors will release the full version of “She Smells so Nice” on their Facebook page on Monday January 9th at Noon (12PM) Eastern time. The song will be premiered for fans on Monday and released for radio station airplay on Tuesday, January 10th.
“She Smells so Nice” was discovered in the “L.A. Woman” session tapes by Bruce Botnik while he was compiling tracks for “The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Making of L.A. Woman” which will be released on January 24th, 2012.
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Danny Sugerman died seven years ago today at age 50. In the past I’ve run fairly ordinary stories on his life and accomplishments, so I wanted to find something that would give people a sense of Sugerman as a real person. One of Danny’s close friends graciously consented to write a memoriam for Danny. I hope you find it as sincerely moving as I did.
Danny Sugerman, Seven Years Gone
When paying tribute to the legacy of The Doors, there's probably one name that…Continue
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January 4th, 1967, Jac Holzman unleashed The Doors, in a burst of a single day. Elektra Records released The Doors debut album, a 45 of the first two singles off the album, “Break on Through” and on the flip side, “End of the Night”. To cap off the release Holzman put up the famous billboard of The Doors on Sunset Boulevard, which was the first billboard for a rock group on Sunset.
It had been a whirlwind spring and summer for The Doors. They started as the house band at The Whisky a…Continue
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The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Making of L.A. Woman will be screened at the Egyptian theater on January 20, 2012. The film documents the making of The Doors classic album, “L.A. Woman”. A discussion following the screening of the film will be hosted by DJ Jim Ladd and Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, plus special guests still to be announced. The screening is at 7:30PM at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA, 90028. For more details and tickets please click on…Continue
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Harry Burkhart, a German national was taken into custody Monday, January 2, 2012 in connection with the Los Angeles fires that officials have estimated to have caused $3 million dollars in damages including the Laurel Canyon house that Jim Morrison and “cosmic mate”, Pam Courson, lived in during the 60’s. The house inspired Morrison to write the song, “Love Street”, about their time there.
While the exact motivation for Burkhart starting the fires isn’t known, his mother was arrested…Continue
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