The Doors Companion: Four Decades of Commentary

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Few rock groups of the '60s have been more influential and better remembered than the Doors. Led by shamanistic poet-visionary "Lizard King" Jim Morrison, the group has entered the pantheon of legendary popular performers, inspiring countless imitators, books, and even a film, while continuing to sell records nearly thirty years after the group disbanded. This is the first collection of articles, interviews, and reviews to cover the group's entire career, including newspaper accounts of the famous concert in Miami, as well as other concerts; extensive interviews with Morrison and the other group members; and even Morrison's own poetry and works by other writers, including Charles Baudelaire and Antonin Artaud, that influenced his thinking. This is a must-have for all fans of the greatest rock band ever.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780028646619
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Haunting of the Doors
In That Year 4
The Shaman as Superstar 5
Waiting for Morrison from The White Album 12
Behind the Doors 15
Memories of Morrison 18
From Mr. Mojo Rises: Jim Morrison, the Last Holy Fool 21
New Haven Police Close 'The Doors' 25
"23 March 1968" from the Fillmore East: Recollections of Rock Theater 26
It's Hard to Light a Fire in Miami 27
The Theater and Cruelty 31
"Shamanism" from Break On Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison 34
Self-Interview 46
"At UCLA" from Break On Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison 47
Mr. Mojo Rises 52
Cinema is most totalitarian of the arts 66
Film Sensibility Set the Doors Apart 66
Cameras Inside the Coffin: Jim Morrison's Challenge to the Hegemony of Vision 68
Evening Prayer 79
Wild Child: Jim Morrison's Poetic Journeys 80
Cinema has evolved in two paths 92
Apocalypse Now!: Jim Morrison's Vision of America 93
Circus from Illuminations 104
Camera, as all-seeing god 105
Jim Morrison, 25, Lead Singer With Doors Rock Group, Dies 110
The Real-Life Death of Jim Morrison 111
Jim Morrison - Bozo Dionysus a Decade Later 128
From Nico: The Life and Lies of an Icon 134
Jim Morrison Plays Himself 137
The End 144
Interviews with Alain Ronay and Agnes Varda 158
Letter to Albert Goldman 165
Review of The Lords and The New Creatures 166
You Know 169
Chronology 171
Selected Bibliography 179
Discography 183
About the Contributors 185
Permissions 189
Index 193
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