On the advice of Arthur Lee of Jac Holzman had visited the Whisky a Go-Go a couple of times to see The Doors, at first he didn’t he didn’t get what the band was trying to do, he didn’t see or hear the literary, theatrical or musical aspects of The Doors until he heard them play Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) from the Kurt Weill Bertolt Brecht opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, only then did all the pieces fall into place for Holzman, but he had yet to sign The Doors.
Holzman flew in Elektra producer Paul Rothchild to see The Doors, and Rothchild at first doesn’t see the potential in The Doors and tells Holzman he thinks he’s making a mistake and he didn‘t want to produce the band. Holzman prevailed over Rothchild, reminding him that he and Elektra had stood by Rothchild for a recent drug (marijuana) arrest. After a couple more viewings Rothchild agrees to produce the band. On August 15, 1966 both Holzman and Rothchild approach the band, but The Doors play it cool saying they have to ‘think it over’. The next day the band hires Max Fink (on the recommendation of guitarist Robby Krieger’s father) and they begin negotiations with Elektra, and on August 18, 1966 The Doors sign with Elektra Records. There was just one more hurtle before The Doors entered the studio.
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