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PATHEOS

A Funny Thing Happened at the Dionysian Ritual

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY MICHELLE HERON AND PUBLISHED BY PATHEOS ON MAY 11, 2017.

This is the tale of that fateful Samhain in the wilds, where Jason “Pan” Mankey invoked the God Dionysus and a dance party broke out to the greatest hits of the 80’s and 90’s. Young and old, we all let our hair down and danced around like crazy teenagers until some magickally curious, and seriously funny shenanigans went down….

Amy Winehouse
MIC

27 songs from the 27 club: From Amy Winehouse to Kurt Cobain

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY JORDAN APPUGLIESI AND PUBLISHED BY MIC ON MAY 4, 2017.

After the tragic deaths of musicians like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, the world started to pay attention to the growing members of the 27 club.

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, onstage at Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Florida on March 1, 1969. Photo by David Levine.
MUSIC BAEBLE

REMINISCENT MONDAY: Jim Morrison's Privates and the 'Miami Incident'

Everyone loves a good mystery, and while we usually expect tales of unknown intrigue to be in the form of books or movies, there are many unsolved tales throughout music history that has puzzled fans for years. Is Paul dead? Who killed Biggie and Tupac? Did Led Zeppelin get freaky with a groupie and a freshly caught mud shark? Most of these stories have either been proven false or remain unsolved (except for the "mud shark" one...turns out that one's true), but there is one particular question that has remained a classic rock legend to this day: What the hell happened at the Doors' concert in Miami?

Morrison loved to pretend he was death, in shows.
EVANGELICAL FOCUS

The Doors - Riders on the storm

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY JOSÉ DE SEGOVIA AND PUBLISHED BY EVANGELICAL FOCUS ON APRIL 5, 2017.

It is now more than half a century since The Doors published their first album in 1967. Although they only made music for five years, through his mysterious death in Paris in 1971, the charismatic and self-destructive Jim Morrison, managed to create a legend. He did not live to be the poet he wanted to be, but he has become a cult figure even today.

Doors frontman Jim Morrison was photographed in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Paul Ferrara.
WEIRDLAND

Sexual Stimuli: Neuroimaging, Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison was the first rock and roll method actor who would wrap myths around him like a long leather coat, protecting and disguising himself in the process. In September 1965 Morrison met an eighteen-year-old redhead called Pamela Courson. Morrison's family were conventional, middle-class Republicans, with traditional patriarchal values. Pamela was ‘looking for something meaningful to do’. In Jim Morrison she found it. The couple fell in love, soon becoming inseparable, and their relationship continued right up until his death. It was a perversely normal relationship—sexual but platonic too. "Sex is full of lies," Morrison once said: "Sex can be a liberation. But it can also be an entrapment. Our society places a supreme value on control. We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."

The Doors: 50 Years, 50 Extraordinary Facts

It’s an astounding 50 years since The Doors unleashed their self-titled debut, the album which introduced us to the swaggering Jim Morrison’s bacchanalian brooding and dark Oedipal poetry. To celebrate the album notching up half a century, a deluxe 3CD/1LP edition of the album has today been released. We’ve compiled 50 intriguing facts to absorb while you reacquaint yourself with the psychedelic blues of The Doors.

The Doors debut album cover 1967
PASTE

The 15 Best Songs by The Doors

The Doors were unlike any other U.S. classic rock act of the 1960s. There was their instrumental make up, first of all: They bucked the default setting of lead guitar-rhythm guitar-bass-drums, instead featuring Robby Krieger on guitar, Ray Manzarek on organ and John Densmore on drums. There was also a dark undertow to the music, a darkness that remained even as the Doors left behind the psychedelia of 1967 for the raw blues of 1970. Finally, they were blessed — and cursed — by having one of the most charismatic lead singers in rock, Jim Morrison.

Howard Smith interviews Morrison and touches on a sensitive subject. Blank on Blank gives us a glimpse.
BLANK ON BLANK

Jim Morrison on Why Fat is Beautiful

Interview by Howard Smith

The interview was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder in November 1969. Howard Smith was writing for the Village Voice. We uncovered this interview as part of the Smith Tapes project, which has preserved and remastered his remarkable collection of music interviews.