The Doors FAQ

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  • Copyright: 2011-10-01
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books
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It has been 40 years since the untimely death of L.A.'s mystic and rock's Dionysus, Jim Morrison, yet the Doors have consistently inspired new generations of fans worldwide ever since. Highlighting one of the most influential, original, and outrageous American bands of the 1960s, The Doors FAQ is a dynamic, unorthodox exploration of this remarkable band and its enigmatic lead singer. Drawing upon unique sources, Rich Weidman digs deep and serves up fresh perspective on the music, from the garage to the hits to the outtakes; and on the band's members, from their roots, influences, and key industry partners to their rare talents, personal foibles, love affairs, and arrests. This volume also details every studio album and live recording, all the highs and lows of the Doors in concert (including the notorious 1969 Miami concert), Morrison's 40-day trial, and the death of the "Lizard King" in Paris in 1971, as well as post-Morrison milestones. Unlike the straightforward narratives of other Doors biographies, this inventive, ceremonious biographical collage leaves no stone unturned, covering the band both with Morrison and post-Morrison, including the 2010 When You're Strange documentary and the recent pardon of Morrison by the State of Florida for the Miami concert. Countless rare images from album art to ticket stubs to posters accompany the text, in this dazzling edition of solid rock scholarship.

Author Biography

Rich Weidman is a writer and editor. His work includes several regional travel guides, such as The Insiders' Guide to Charlotte. He is a social media strategist and the cofounder and editor of Alternative Reel, a pop culture website that receives over three million visitors annually. He lives in Florida with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Doors Through a New Lensp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Friends I Have Gathered Together: Key Players in the Doors' Sagap. 1
Tell Me Where Your Freedom Lies: Jim Morrison's Earliest Influencesp. 12
A Place for Me to Hide: How the Lizard King's Upbringing Affected His Anti-Authority Stancep. 22
Let's Swim to the Moon: Early Incarnations of the Bandp. 27
I Was Turning Keys: How the Doors Got Their Namep. 33
Stumbling in the Neon Groves: The Circumstances Surrounding the Band's First Demop. 37
Heavenly in Its Brilliance: Musical Acts That Influenced the Doorsp. 40
Just Got into Town: Los Angeles Area Landmarks Associated with the Doorsp. 49
We Chased Our Pleasures Here: The Doors' Earliest Venuesp. 58
Kingdoms of Our Own: Methods the Doors Utilized to Achieve Their Unique Soundp. 68
The Music and Voices Are All Around Us: Doors Songs That Were "Inspired" by Other Sourcesp. 77
Do It, Robby, Do It: Doors Songs Writtenp. 82
Girl, We Couldn't Get Much Higher: Doors Singles That Reached No. 1 on the Chartsp. 88
Realms of Bliss, Realms of Light: Doors Songs That Feature Direct Literary Referencesp. 93
A River of Sadness: The Most Overtly Political Doors Songsp. 100
She Was a Princess: Doors Songs That Were Inspiredp. 104
Must Be Something Else We Say: Why The Soft Parade Was So Different from Other Doors Albumsp. 108
The Mask You Wore: The Real Story Behind the Doors' Album Coversp. 111
A Beast Caged: The Failure of the "Celebration of the Lizard"p. 116
If You Don't Give a Listen: The Most Essential (and Least Essential) Doors Albumsp. 120
The Lights Are Getting Brighter: Bands That Shared the Bill with the Doors During the Early Yearsp. 125
Under Television Skies: The Doors' Most Notable TV Performancesp. 135
Blood on the Rise: The Top Ten Most Notorious Doors Concertsp. 142
See Me Change: Songs Modified by the Doors During Live Performancesp. 151
C'mon People, Don't You Look So Down: The Biggest Events and Festivals Where the Doors Playedp. 155
Trade in Your Hours for a Handful of Dimes: Why the Doors Didn't Perform at Woodstockp. 161
Everything Is Broken Up and Dances: Doors Concerts Recorded for the Absolutely Live Albump. 165
In a Darkened Room: How Morrison's Alcoholism Affected the Doors' Performances and Studio Albumsp. 169
Once I Had a Little Game: The Real Story of the Miami Concertp. 172
It Hurts to Set You Free: Negative Consequences Stemming from the Miami Concertp. 175
Witnessing the Wild Breeze: Morrison's Arrest on a Flight from Los Angeles to Phoenixp. 179
No One Left to Scream and Shout: The Atmosphere During the Forty-Day Miami Trialp. 182
Night Is Drawing Near: The Doors' Last Concert as a Quartetp. 188
I Need a Brand New Friend: Morrison's Attempt to Shed His Rock Star Imagep. 191
Out Here on the Perimeter: The Reasons Paul Rothchild Quit as Producer ofp. 195
Smooth as Raven's Claws: Some Common Myths About Morrison's Deathp. 199
Ancient Shapes Were All Around Us: Jim Morrison's Final Resting Placep. 203
Wandering in Hopeless Night: Other Musicians Who Died at the Age of Twenty-Sevenp. 207
We Linger Alone: Studio Albums That Were Released After Jim Morrison's Deathp. 214
Death Not Ends It: Factors That Led to the Doors' "Resurrection"p. 217
You've Seen This Entertainment Through and Through: The (In) Accuracy of The Doorsp. 225
Can't Remember Where I've Been: Other Films That Feature the Doorsp. 230
The Ceremony Is About to Begin: The Doors' Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famep. 237
Follow Me Down: Musicians Who Have Been Influenced by the Doorsp. 240
Rage in Darkness by My Side: Artists Who Have Covered Doors Songsp. 247
Let Them Photograph Your Soul: Doors Songs That Have Appeared in Feature Filmsp. 252
So Sing a Lonely Song: The controversy Caused by the Doors of the 21st Centuryp. 260
Can We Resolve the Past: The Most Essential (and Least Essential) Doors Biographiesp. 263
You Might Recall All of the Rest: The Unique Qualities of the Documentary When You're Strangep. 269
I'm Going, but I Need a Little Time: Whatever Happened to ...p. 272
Selected Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 285
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