Here’s some blasts from the past, The Doors. A few items which are mainly past events in The Doors story but which have recently been reposted or revivified for whatever purpose, and have a given a very literal translation to the saying that “the past is prologue.”
The first is an interview Ray Manzarek did with Jefferson Public Radio in Cambridge, MA, March 9, 2006 with Cyrus Emerson. A few highlights, Emerson gets Ray to recreate his bio information as he passed through English customs in September 1968, Manzarek compares the album An American Prayer with Orson Welles War of the Worlds, and how Manzarek’s opinion of Oliver Stones The Doors has softened over the years. Listen at Jefferson Public Radio.
Binky Phillips, a member of The Planets that was big band at CBGB’s in the 70’s and was being watched as the band to watch, but alas, never did, tells the story of how Danny Sugerman was so taken with Phillips’ playing that he wanted him to play with Ray Manzarek’s Nite City band that would have Iggy Pop on vocals. Phillips turns Nite City down and Iggy goes to New York and accosts the band! Phillips tale is an article on the Huffington Post titled 1977: Iggy Pop and Ray Manzarek Want to Start a Band With Me. The article is included in his book My Life in the Ghost of Planets - The Story of a CBGB’s Almost Was.
The Hardrock Café (which owes its name to The Doors) has launched a memorabilia tour of stars Gone Too Soon. It will of course include memorabilia from its collection of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and Whitney Houston. It’s all explained in the video in the left hand sidebar of this article. Look for it to come to a Hardrock Café near you.
Do you want to own Jim Morrison’s poetic legacy, in the first person? Record Mecca has for sale Jim Morrison’s Paris Journal written when Morrison was of course in Paris prior to his death. The Paris Journal is an extended poem, in the vein of An American Prayer and has appeared in the collection of Morrison’s poems Wilderness in 1990. The Paris Journal disappeared after Pam Courson’s death in 1974 and was found in the “127 Fascination” box. So, if you have a few extra thousand dollars sitting around with nothing to do, you might give Record Mecca a glance and see what the going price is.
Doors history: March 1966, Jim Morrison meets Pam Courson. In Light My Fire Ray Manzarek say’s they met because John Densmore took a shine to her at the London Fog.
March 2, 1969 The Doors fly to Jamaica after the March 1 show at the Dinner Key Auditorium unaware anything is wrong.
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