Cover of The Door’s album Strange Days
As a child of the 60s, my favorite rock band is The Doors. The band’s innovative music and the dark subterranean lyrics of Jim Morrison never cease to enthrall me. In previous posts I have featured lyrics from the band’s last album LA Woman:
At this year’s Sundance Festival, veteran feature-filmmaker Tom DiCillo will release his first documentary, When You’re Strange (2009), which documents the LA band’s rise in the mid-60s.
In an interview on SPOUTblog, DiCillo said: “I’ve always, always been turned on by music, and by film. The Doors’ music is extremely cinematic. Their music is very dense and highly emotional. It deals a lot with character, and blood, murder and a lot of crazy things.”
Ray Manzarek, the band’s keyboardplayer, agrees that The Doors were inspired and influenced by cinema. Both he and Jim Morrison came out of the UCLA film school. “That’s where we became friends”, Manzarek said, “We’re definitely cinematic.” Morrison and Manzarek took film classes taught by director Josef von Sternberg. Manzarek said von Sternberg inspired many of The Doors lyrics regarding moral ambiguity and dark eroticism.