How Does The Doors` Debut Record Translate To Us Today?

June 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Music, Top Story

Why do The Doors still speak to us today? Why do their songs ring true to us today? The first record, The Doors, was released on January 4, 1967. The recording took place the previous August (8/24-8/31/1966) at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, Ca. Paul Rothchild was the producer and Bruce Botnick was the engineer. The label was Electra and a four-track machine was employed to record 11 well-rehearsed songs.

Apparently, The Doors had worked out all the kinks on these 11, when playing at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. I can only imagine the excitement of these early sets at this Sunset Boulevard legend of a club! I picked up this debut record on itunes the other day, after recalling the scene in Apocalypse Now that features The End. By the way, for just $8 you can get an in tact version of the record, the way it was originally released, just a bit slower.

Well, I`ve failed to answer my initial question. I`m thinking on it still. I like this piece in Slant Magazine, which was written (by Sal Cinquemonti) for the 40th anniversary release of The Doors in 2007. Sal touches on what I would consider to be a vital reason for the durability of both the band and their songs. One thing is for sure, it`s a damn tight band.

Sal mentions the tension, the undercurrent of surging thought (which may be a result of changes going on in the 1960s), bubbling up to the surface, even on the debut! But why do so many film students ultimately end up in Rock? That`s the real question, Horatio.

Today Marks The Day That Jimi Hendrix Died-What Really Happened?

September 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Music

The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye.
The story of love is hello and goodbye until we meet again.

jimi-hendrixThese are lyrics from the very last song that Jimi Hendrix was working on the night before he died. Jimi died on September 18th, 1970, so today marks the 39th anniversary of his death. Hendrix was only 28 years old. His death is often associated with other rock legends such as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Brian Jones, who all died around the same time. Just a coincidence, I suppose?

The circumstances surrounding Jimi Hendrix`s death have always been somewhat murky. In the fall of 1970 wild rumors were flying like cave bats around the halls of my high school! One even said that he injected LSD into his brain…Unspeakable causes of death were mentioned *(but word processing it is okay). I know one thing, the official account that`s been given doesn`t add up. Every time Monica Dannemann (Hendrix`s girlfriend at the time) told the story of finding Jimi dead her account would change. She committed suicide in 1996. I`m not suggesting that she was involved in foul play. Maybe it was out of a sense of guilt?SamarkandHotel

What account of Jimi Hendrix`s death do you believe is most credible? *(The Samarkand Hotel, where Jimi Hendrix died, supposedly of sleeping pills and too much red wine?