This week in Doors history is crowded with events and a lot of those have been written about in past articles so here’s a listing of events in Doors history for the week of August 24-30..
August 24, 1966 The Doors start recording their self titled first album that would set them on the road to national stardom. “The Doors Record The Doors”.
August 25 - If you want to go back to a primeval event that would end up influencing The Doors. On August 25, 1900 Friedrich Nietzsche died. Nietzsche was a favorite of the beats and Jim Morrison would have come across Nietzsche in Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road”. Morrison famously asked his parents for his high school graduation present he all he wanted was the complete works of Nietzsche. Nietzsche was a great influence on The Doors and affected much of Jim Morrison’s thinking and Nietzsche influence appears in Doors lyrics.
The Doors had set fire to the summer of love, 1967. The single edited version of Light My Fire had been burning up radio airplay and the charts and was receiving requests to play on teenage music oriented shows, such as American Bandstand, and the short lived Ricky Nelson variety show “Malibu U“ (the show only was on the air the summer of 67). On August 25th The Doors appeared in a filmed segment for “Malibu U”.
August 29, 1970- The Doors appear at the Isle of Wight festival. The Doors had scheduled a full second European tour and the Isle of Wight was supposed to be the first concert of that tour, but because of the Jim Morrison’s obscenity trial in Miami Judge Murray Goodman’s scheduling of the trial forced The Doors to cancel all the shows except the Isle of Wight (an attempt by authorities to deprive The Doors of earning money to finance Morrison’s defense?).
August 30, 1973 The Doors officially announce the break-up of the band (look for an article on that next Saturday).
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