Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has had a restful day of Thanksgiving. Now your thoughts may be turning to the coming holiday season and what to get as presents for friends, family or The Doors fan in your life. Record Store Day and Black Friday are tomorrow (11/28), so let’s start there.
Record Store Day – Here’s a Black Friday tradition music fans can get into, supporting a local indie record store! The Doors have released a very special Record Store Day release this year of “Ghost Dance” with a flip side of “Drums” with John Densmore and Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman. You may say, “but these have been released as separate projects before, what makes this special?” The album cover is a double sided cover. The “Ghost Dance” side is by Shepard Fairey and the “Drums” side by artist Cheyenne Randall (see slideshow for covers). The release benefits Honor The Treaties organization. I just want to say I got an advance copy of the record and it’s absolutely beautiful! If you have the opportunity, seek out this release! You can find the participating independent record store closest to you by going to the Record Store Day website.
Want to avoid the Black Friday hustle and hassle at the stores? Doors fans have a multiplicity of options for buying presents for friends and family without leaving home and doing it virtually, after all this is the 21st century!
DVD-BluRay – The Doors have had two DVD/Blu Ray releases this year. The most recent “Feast of Friends” which is the documentary The Doors self-produced in 1968, and has had an underground life as a grainy bootleg but it has never had an official release. “Feast of Friends” is available on Amazon.
Earlier this year “The Doors: R-Evolution” was released, a compilation of most of The Doors television appearances. A lot of this material was previously only available as bootlegs, but with remastering it allows fans a way to see the material the way it was originally meant to be presented and perhaps allows fans a chance to see The Doors through new eyes. “The Doors: R-Evolution” at Amazon.
Music and Poetry – Michael C. Ford is a well established Los Angeles poet and had his start at UCLA and was friends with Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek. His June release of “Look Each Other in the Ears” features the playing of Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. “Look Each Other in the Ears” at Amazon.
Over the past 40+ years The Doors have influenced a lot of up and coming bands and “A Psych Tribute to The Doors” is a CD that has some of the newest bands exploring The Doors psychedelic roots. “A Psych Tribute to The Doors” is a tribute album that actually pays tribute in its homages. “A Psych Tribute to The Doors” at Amazon.
Probably the most awaited release of Doors books this year was Frank Lisciandro’s “Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together” which are the full (but slightly edited) interviews Lisciandro did with Jim Morrison’s friends for Lisiciandro’s 1991 book “Feast of Friends.” “Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together” on Amazon.
Denise Sullivan’s “Shaman’s Blues: The Art and Influences of Jim Morrison and The Doors” looks at The Doors as a blues band and how the blues influenced them and how The Doors continue to influence music today. “Shaman’s” is available in Kindle format. The hardcover version was supposed to be released October 1, but there was some problem in the printing of the cover. I’ve heard that the problem has been resolved and “Shaman’s Blues: The Art and Influences of Jim Morrison and The Doors” should soon be available through Amazon.
“The Doors Examined” is a compilation of the first three years of Doors Examiner articles (yes, it is written by yours truly) and covers Doors pre-history, history, CD/DVD and book reviews, as well as more recent news concerning The Doors. If you’re interested in a novel that has a lot of Doors history and trivia (as well as a lot of other rock references), “The Last Stage” follows a fictional Doors tribute band from its origins to the heights of their career and afterwards. Both “The Doors Examined” and “The Last Stage” are available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions.
Art: If art is more your thing, throughout the year The Doors Examiner has profiled artists with Jim Morrison related artwork such as Michelle Fusco, Jim Warren, and William Stidham, who has the very beautiful series “The Sacred Heart Series” that features cultural icons and rock stars.
Alternatives: Ok, so maybe your girlfriend, sister, cousin, aunt, or mother aren’t Doors fans (!!!!) and you want to get them some beautiful handmade jewelry. A Doors Examiner friend can help you out. Vamp’s Jewelry has some very nice pieces that are seasonally oriented and reasonably priced. If you order $75 or more, shipping is free! (see the slideshow for one of Vamp’s pieces) or visit Vamp’s Jewelry website.
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