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THE DOORS “Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970” To Be Released On February 23, 2018

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY RJ Frometa AND PUBLISHED BY VENTS MAGAZINE ON December 14, 2017.

The historic last concert ever filmed of The Doors is now available for the first time. Eagle Rock Entertainment proudly presents The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD and Digital Video on February 23, 2018.

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, posed for "The Young Lion" (aka "The American Poet") session at Joel Brodsky’s studio in New York City, New York on September 18, 1967. Photo by Joel Brodsky.
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Remembering Jim Morrison’s Tortured Genius On The Anniversary Of The Doors’ Final Show

The last The Doors concert with Jim Morrison ended on December 12th, 1970, bringing a disappointing close to a dominant band in rock music. It’s hard to know when the music’s truly over, but the way lead singer and resident lunatic Jim Morrison finished the show at The Warehouse, in New Orleans, left little doubt in the rest of the bands minds that the end was here. Nothing in life lasts forever, and no one here gets out alive.

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The Doors play their last concert with Jim Morrison at The Warehouse, New Orleans in 1970

In late 1970, The Doors were recording what would be their final studio album with Jim Morrison. During that period the band did some warm up shows where they premiered some of the new songs, though the band lost a substantial amount of popularity due to the 1969 infamous Miami concert where Morrison insulted the audience and allegedly exposed himself, they had recovered a big part of their audience and fans with the release of the critically acclaimed “Morrison Hotel” album in early 1970.

In this Oct. 31, 1970 photo, Jim Morrison, left, appears with his attorney in the courtroom after Morrison was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500 on conviction of profanity in public and indecent exposure at a 1969 show in Miami. Morrison was allowed out on $50,000 bond. A month and a half later, he performed his last show with The Doors, in New Orleans.(Times-Picayune file photo)
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This day in New Orleans: Jim Morrison's last show with The Doors, in 1970

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY MELINDA MORRIS AND PUBLISHED BY NOLA.COM ON DECEMBER 12, 2017.

Did anyone know The Doors' last show with Jim Morrison would be Dec. 12, 1970 at The Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans? Maybe not, but it wouldn't have been a stretch to guess it would be.

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, posed for "The Young Lion" (aka "The American Poet") session at Joel Brodsky’s studio in New York City, New York on September 18, 1967. Photo by Joel Brodsky.
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Remembering The Lizard King On His 74th Birthday

THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY KEN “K BO” BIEDZYNSKI AND PUBLISHED BY BEATO’S BLOG ON DECEMBER 7, 2017.

Arguably, there are some artists that for some reason never age in our minds and they forever remain as a vision, frozen in time. One of those artists is James Douglas Morrison a/k/a Jim Morrison a/k/a The Lizard King. Born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, Morrison went on to lead a musical revolution in the 1960s and 1970s as the epic front man for The Doors. Morrison died on July 3, 1971, in France. He was only 27. Had he survived, The Lizard King would have turned 74 today.

Morrison was clearly a pioneer in music; he was an electric singer and performer who commanded the stage all unto himself and sometimes his performances even incited riots. He was also an intellect (having an IQ of 149), poet, and philosopher although he did not quite fit the typical image of one (ala Aristotle). Known for his musings perhaps as much as his music, Morrison’s influence is still prevalent today.

Consider this. In 1985, more than a decade after Morrison’s death, one of the biggest-selling greatest hits albums was released: The Best of the Doors. The double album, containing 18 previously released tracks, reached No. 32 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1988 and it spent more than 300 weeks on Billboard Pop Catalog Albums chart. It subsequently earned a diamond award certifying sales of 10 million copies in the United States. A subsequent soundtrack from Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie The Doors similarly placed in the top 10 that year.

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‘When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors’ Offers New Views And Old Clichés Of ‘60s Rock Group

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY BENJAMIN H. SMITH AND PUBLISHED BY DECIDER ON NOVEMBER 10, 2017.

There is perhaps no band in the pantheon of classic rock more self-important, more insufferable, and more overrated than The Doors. Sure, they had some great songs, sure, Jim Morrison was an interesting frontman who looked good in leather pants, and yeah, they sold a lot of records and influenced their fare share of musicians, but they were also inconsistent songwriters, a wildly inconsistent live band and anyone familiar with the greats of poetry, whether we’re talking W.B. Yeats or Allen Ginsberg, would have a hard time putting the writings of the “Lizard King” in the same leaguewhen. And all of that would be fine if we didn’t have to put up with a chorus of Baby Boomers endlessly telling us how great they were and how Jim Morrison was a shaman and the ‘60s was the greatest era for rock music and all the other horseshit platitudes.

The Doors… Light My Fire & FM Radio

FM Radio was developed in the 1930s. I collect old radios and had a Sonora table radio from 1948 that was AM/FM and could receive today’s FM stations. But in reality, it wasn’t until the mid to late 1960’s that FM radio started becoming popular. FM stands for Frequency Modulation, and AM is Amplitude Modulation. By modulating the frequency of a radio wave instead of it’s size, FM allows for greater fidelity, stereo, and as Steely Dan said “no static at all.”