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Lipton did exaggerate to reporters about Venice West. Burroughs as a musical subject, and criticism about Jim Morrison and The Doors. Like the California atmosphere of the time, hippie aesthetic often intertwined with beat aesthetic in The Doors music. No bullshit. I kept a lot of note books through high school and college, and then when I left school, for some dumb reason — maybe it was wise — I threw them all away…. Free Press writers having fun with playing with Morrison as himself and as an object; another was finding ways to build an icon out of a lead singer of a local band. Anthology, ed.
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So much attention has been given to the Rolling Stone and literature by and associated with the Rolling Stone writers that the entire body of literature about Jim Morrison could be perceived from the views presented in these publications alone.
In other words, part of the literature can and has been understood to represent the whole. The Rolling Stone authors also called attention to their own writings by making them at times the main focus of their work.
If the entire body of literature has more than one voice, why not pay attention to other writings? Why transpose a single voice of popular music criticism onto an orchestra of writings found in magazines, newspapers, and journals? Why ignore other voices when several important players can be identified and can offer other fascinating interpretations of Jim Morrison?
We notice two such types of substitutions: Four Essays, ed. Michael Holquist, trans. University of Texas Press, , These writings and the entire experience of Miami influence just one kind of listening of their final album L.
The Los Angeles Free Press, the most widely circulated underground newspaper in the history of journalism, offered many glimpses into the bohemian life there. There has been a steady stream of biographies of Morrison, some more reliable than others, but none has surveyed the L.
Free Press literature or considered its impact on Morrison and viewpoints of him during life and after his 34 The newspaper began on 23 May , first as a broadsheet called the Faire Free Press for the Southern California Renaissance Faire, and then as The Los Angeles Free Press with its first issue appearing on 25 May It became a weekly underground newspaper by The newspapers usually cost about ten cents per issue.
In the s and s, it was generally easy to obtain free copies of the L. Copies were available at various establishments in the L. A couple places in San Francisco also sold the Freep the Blue Unicorn Coffee House and the Bookstore of City Lights Booksellers and Publishers——the latter the major publisher of beat writings, the mecca of the San Francisco Renaissance poets, co—founded and co— owned by beat writer Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
At times, issues were also resold for up to a dollar and they would somehow be made available next to vending machines of the Los Angeles Times and later The Evening Outlook. Michael Pearce, who worked for the L. Free Press between and recalled in technological terms that could be understood today how this underground newspaper and others like it emerged during this time, and gives one reason for how the L.
Free Press was able to be produced regularly: The Freep, and other undergrounds, existed through the new—generation typesetting and offset printing, which had gotten comparatively cheaper and easier to use, much as the early Macs made personal typesetting possible.
The L. Toklas, when the main character starring Peter Sellers , a 35—year old Los Angeles lawyer temporarily for love dropped out and turned into a hippie, found himself selling the newspaper on a street corner.
It ceased publication with its last issue appearing on 23 April , but revitalized itself with its 13 September issue. Free Press is now available in an online version at http: Its front page appearance resembles the earliest issues of the s.
How did the L. This chapter will explore the relationship and exchanges between Morrison and the L. Free Press articles and reviews. Free Press and later became a correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine.
His book The Doors: The Illustrated History included transcriptions of L. Free Press reviews and interviews. Tales of Glamour and Excess Sugerman explained that L. Both worked for the L A. Free Press chronicled their countercultural contexts, influences, and confrontations with the main stream. Warner Books, , and rev.
New York and Boston: Warner Books, William Morrow and Company, , Though their extensive biography includes many L. Free Press articles and reviews and it is clear they are referring to materials found in the newspaper, James Riordan and Jerry Prochnicky almost never actually cite the L.
This practice is curious. See Break on Through: Free Press Following the success of the first Doors album released in January , Mike Pearce gave a mostly favorable review of Strange Days, their second album released in November His parting shot: It seems to be their decadence approach to goodtime music album, which is a pretty freaky combo.
Maybe next time the lake snake will bake a cake for the boys to take and screw their mothers. Christopher van Ness observed that they no longer quite sound like The Doors even though their album showed promise.
Morrison was missing. Youngblood would later become Associate Editor for the L. Free Press, but today he best known for his book Expanded Cinema, which became an essential source about the aesthetics of film and s counterculture.
Free Press, 10 November , Free Press, 30 August , Free Press, 26 November , 5. Dutton, The Beatles and The Stones are for blowing your mind; The Doors are for afterwards, when your mind is already gone. The music of The Doors is more surreal than psychedelic.
It is more anguish than acid. More than rock, it is ritual——the ritual of psychic—sexual exorcism. The Doors are the warlocks of pop culture. Morrison IS an angel: He and The Doors are a demonic and beautiful miracle that has risen like shrieking Phoenix from the burning bush of the new music. On the Road, they appeared with either The Byrds or the Buffalo Springfield——both bands had already achieved huge success.
Free Press, 1 December , 6. In Youngblood ranked The Doors first in his list of best American rock groups.
Free Press, 10 May , The Illustrated History, 9. Early in their career, in their days performing on Sunset Strip, The Doors aspired to be as successful as Love. See Chuck Crisafulli, The Doors: On the Road London: Omnibus Press, , He actually plays jazz with his voice by this sort of improvisation. Morrison did not do anything exciting and unpredictable. He spent the show singing: Everything went smoothly, too smoothly. And restlessness set in.
It was a good show and nothing more. The mystique had turned mundane. In Zero, the monthly arts supplement to the L. Free Press, columnist Liza Williams, who was on the periphery of the San Francisco beat scene, gave a one—sentence—per—paragraph silly description of her Doors concert experience in at the Los Angeles Forum.
Free Press, 26 May , Free Press, 19 July , Free Press, 20 December , All they got to see were a group of pretty smart college kids put them on. Star, a soft—core pornography magazine. Free Press, Zero, 20 December , As members of the liberal underground themselves, the Eberles promoted free sexuality. They simultaneously received additional notoriety and admiration for their books The Politics of Child Abuse Secaucus, N.
Stuart, , and The Abuse of Innocence: Pussycat, ill. Prentice—Hall, Free Press, a weekly newspaper dedicated to the arts and unrest. Morrison, an avid reader equally passionate about films, gave a surprising answer: The last mentioned book here received praise by famous defense attorney and Professor of Law Alan Dershowitz.
Paul Eberle also wrote about road rage, drive—by shootings, and other kinds of violence involving driving cars in his book Terror on the Highway: Prometheus Books, Free Press, 21 June , Oh, what a thrill that was. In fact, Mr. It was a lovely melody, that one. The Essential Jim Morrison. New York: Free Press, 27 September , Free Press article, not a reproduction of the original transcription, appeared in this book.
See ibid. Everybody digs them. You measure your progress mentally by your records, like when you were really young what you had then. The words were left in a sort of vague idea. In those days when I heard a song, I heard it as an entire performance. Taking place, you know, with the audience, the band and the singer. It was kind of like a prediction of the future.
It was all there.
He eventually decided against it. He mentioned how he finds himself repeatedly telling the truth or the same perspective when he suddenly realizes that this kind of exchange is a game: I think that there is a sub—world in which everybody is sleeping. But people love the game. The Game. If they did, then they would ruin the game.
His reference to the Game here could signify many ideas: Morrison explained, who wants to listen to some cat talking. Woman, Bob Chorush interviewed an old and weathered Morrison.
The interview had photographs of Morrison with a beard, sitting at a table with a beer, or with a pen and paper, or walking casually down Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevards either by himself and with his interviewer. He explained that the busts were a misunderstanding: I get hung both ways.
During the Miami trial, many of the witnesses were related to city officials. So I dropped those little jewels here and there——seemingly very innocently——of course just calling signals. Free Press, 15 January , He remarked that he was most interested in the blues, but he also liked jazz, and that he hoped the Doors musicians would record some instrumentals.
Aesthetics Intertwined: Free Press for its antiestablishment stands, and. Fields, and Dennis Hopper. Like the California atmosphere of the time, hippie aesthetic often intertwined with beat aesthetic in The Doors music. Though some of these writings were published after the songs were written, Morrison continued improvising on his words at concerts, a practice that enabled him to polish his performance and to reflect and ruminate on these sentiments in a kind of ongoing interaction with other poets as well as his audience.
Free Press, 28 December , Free Press, 23 June , 12— Shortwave radio stations were an alternative to commercially owned radio not quite as underground as an underground newspaper, but certainly just as experimental, spontaneous, and unbound in its operation and ideas. Ambrose Bierce — Free Press, 2 July , page number unavailable.
Winchell affiliated himself eventually with the political right while Lipton focused on the political left and very far left. Winchell, who retired in after working for The Miami Herald he was replaced by Larry King , died a couple years later as a recluse living in the Ambassador Hotel in L. It was part of a souvenir tour book dating from The Writings of Jim Morrison, vol. Villard Books, , Programs for performance happenings, by the nature of the events being happenings, generally did not exist.
We were amazed at the fact that, years ago, people like Allen Ginsberg had read there. The landscape provided just the sublime setting The Doors needed to make their mystically—coated rock. Venice was an economically depressed and predominantly working—class area with a small colony of avant—garde intellectuals, and the owners and managers of coffeehouses in the district often prioritized the dissemination of creative work by local poets and painters to audiences interested in art and literature.
They were less concerned with attracting affluent customers, who were in relatively short supply in the immediate vicinity. Rutgers University Press, Densmore asked him if they still had poetry there.
John Densmore, Riders On the Storm: Delacorte Press, , It has been in press since Free Press since its first year in and throughout the s. Venice West Publishers, The poems were selected by Lipton a year before his death in His wife Nettie Lipton carried the publication to fruition.
Criticism of Lipton for exaggerating in his discussions about the people, events, and atmosphere of Venice West was harsh. According to Starr, Lipton ceaselessly promoted [the Gas House and Venice West] as headquarters of the beat generation in southern California. Using hyperbolic rhetoric to portray the Gas House as a quasi—religious and semi—exclusive arena in which the general public could glimpse the creative genius of the avant—garde intelligentsia, Lipton essentially relegated art and literature to a side—show in which would—be celebrities milked the limelight for all it was worth.
In the process, he made the Gas House the most famous beatnik hangout in L. Lipton did exaggerate to reporters about Venice West. Unfortunately, this practice made his critics fail to see his pivotal role in getting Venice West the recognition it deserved as a legitimate home of beat culture.
It is clear from his writings like his poetry, The Holy Barbarians, and his columns that he was not solely interested in profiting by money or fame; rather, he was working towards reporting about an under documented counterculture Venice West writers were far less interested in dropping into the main stream to have their works published than their other beat contemporaries , he wanted to see that the literature, art, and music receive recognition, and to find ways to encourage its preservation.
Tourists flocking to see the Venice West counterculture or to see the ruins of Venice would stop by the coffeehouses whether they understood the aesthetic and lifestyle of the counterculture or not. No poetry here until further notice due to action by the art—hating anti—intellectual yahoos of the L. Police Dept. This case will go to the Supreme Court if necessary. Poets, arise! Defend the oral tradition. Free Press, 24 September , 1—2. Free Press, 3 December , 1 and 9. Morrison would have been attending UCLA as a film student at the time these articles appeared.
Free Press, 29 January , 1. The fade at the end is also a wonderful play on words and music: Anthology, ed. Hal Leonard Corporation,  , — Hopkins and Sugerman explain that Morrison was alluding to the television antennas he saw from the rooftop as he was writing the song in Venice. I believe it was the Number 7. Crisafulli is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times; he writes articles about contemporary popular music, as well as pop culture, and reviews about music and theatre.
The introductory rhythmic groove of the keyboard sets up the rhythm of the stanzas that follow. These harmonies gradually become empty or hollowed out as notes are omitted.
Home is not represented as comfortable despite its promise of comfort food: Anthology, — Los Angeles has citrus groves and eucalyptus groves. Here, the singer cannot shake off memory as the accompaniment struggles, too.
But the chorus and its full chords repeat after this passage to finish the song. According to Crisafulli, the song may have been about the hotel, the Hyatt House, located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood and frequented by many touring rock and roll bands and famous solo acts, including Elvis. It was also close to the Whiskey A Go Go. Morrison also lived there briefly and was later evicted, apparently, for hanging out of a window by his fingers. Villard Books, , and 39, respectively.
Just before the final repeat of the refrain, Morrison suggests to the musicians to play it one more time. The mythological interpretation of the song on the polished product is perhaps emphasized through the use of the keyboard and its arpeggios, which sonically invoke the psychedelic. Woman album. Free Press involved an intriguing game of interpretation. Essential Rarities, Elektra —2 , CD.
Woman, originally released in , re—released in on Elektra CD —2. At times, the articles seem to describe Jim Morrison similarly to fan magazines. The writers themselves became passionate about The Doors, moved by Morrison, and wrote openly about it.
Music criticism in the L. Free Press was geared towards being accessible to a diverse audience, many who love music but would likely skip over reading music analysis in a newspaper. The aesthetics of these songs with their local grounding, however, was important to these writers——the L. Free Press and its writers leave many clues about how The Doors were a part of their community. In other words, though there were no analyses of the songs, there was certainly discourse about them.
Devices used to position Morrison as the focus of attention included singling him out from the rest of the band and commenting about him instead of musical details; again, these devices have been seen before in magazines like Rolling Stone. But the difference is that as much as Morrison was described as an icon in the L.
Free Press articles, readers were constantly reminded that he was also a person who signified something more than whom he was. The rock star image, no matter how nomadic, had a home and felt at home with the L.
He was authentic because he lived, breathed, and took part in this community and in the success of this underground newspaper. One part of the myth construction was the L. Free Press writers having fun with playing with Morrison as himself and as an object; another was finding ways to build an icon out of a lead singer of a local band.
Writers of the L. His admission to manipulating the press in this newspaper may have been one of his own devices to become a kind of hero to those writing for and reading the L.
Free Press: This device resembles the one he used while onstage to blur the boundaries between his performance with The Doors and their audience. And the writings of the L. Free Press show that Jim Morrison and The Doors had an ideal audience, but at the same time Morrison especially wanted to increase that audience. His game with the L. Free Press may involved the various kinds of coverage and publicity he attracted to himself in a newspaper that valued arts and music, but focused mainly on important local or national events to the counterculture.
Exciting literature about Morrison existed in other publications like Crawdaddy! Since Down Beat was considered the foremost serial publication about the contemporary state of jazz issues related to jazz itself and jazz musicians , the stories of jazz musicians and their works, and the strategies for arranging popular jazz songs; it was also the leading source of interviews of and opinion pieces written by jazz musicians and composers. In addition, sometimes the monthly publication also included articles and reviews about rock music that featured prominent jazz or blues characteristics.
The latter is particularly important since although at the end of the interview Cuscuna reviewed The Doors in their May 1st concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, he conversed with Morrison only. The Illustrated History, dating from , contained the earliest articles about The Doors: Article reproduced in Danny Sugerman, The Doors: Article reproduced in Sugerman, The Doors: The Illustrated History, Williams founded Crawdaddy!
The Interview with Down Beat: Getting Serious about Music Cuscuna b. He also wrote for Rolling Stone. He played saxophone, flute, and drums, collected records, and had the aspiration to become a record producer. Diaghilev to The Doors. Days of Morrison, Nights of Warhol.
FirstMedia Books, , Colin Larkin New York: Stockton Press, , Cuscuna was expecting a rock star with an attitude to match. He in fact noted that, as a result of the more recent failures, it was anticipated that the band needed to head in a different or new direction; however, he stressed that Morrison and the Doors should be considered meaningful and relevant to jazz aficionados and Down Beat readers: According to the biography, the New York radio show he hosted had a free format.
In he co—founded Mosaic with Charlie Lourie. Mosaic is still one of the most important and prolific reissue labels today. A Discography Ann Arbor: Wildmusic, A Discography New York and London: Greenwood Press, , rev.
Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, Universe, Essentially, it was the first successful synthesis of jazz and rock. No one wrote about it; there were no posters or ads to that effect. Nevertheless, organist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore comprise a tight spirit of rock and the feeling of jazz.
Dixon — was a bassist, record producer, and singer and songwriter, and was credited as one of the originators of Chicago blues. He became especially well known for combining Chicago blues and elements of Delta blues in his songs. Wolf — was a blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player who was inspired by Charley Patton. Morrison was pensive and thus obviously thoughtful concerning the interview.
Sitting on his hotel bed, he explained to Cuscuna why this interview with Down Beat was meaningful to him: Most of the so—called music magazines cover everything but music.
They are fan magazines and sensation—seekers. I have been written about in all of them—but so what. He pointed out during the interview that it was the first rock song to have a jazz solo on it.
James Infirmary. His singing exemplified connections and transitions between blues and rock and his musical career embraced and included spirituals, Kansas City Blues, swing band singing, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, and rock.
He also performed in musicals by Ellington. His instrumentals often demonstrated his virtuosity, which included extremely fast picking using a plastic thumb pick and a metal index finger pick. Generally, his guitar playing received more attention than his singing, which was characterized by its smooth and relaxed, sometimes pensive or nonchalant delivery.
In the late s and early s he performed at many of the same festivals as other blues, jazz, and rock performers. His tragic story ends as he goes to the infirmary to find his girlfriend dead on a stretcher, then tells of plans for his funeral, and his subsequent sorrow. The morning of May 1 saw Morrison sit for an interview with Michael Cuscuna of Down Beat, a jazz—oriented publication that rarely expressed much interest in rock.
Random House, He made it clear how much he enjoyed talking to Morrison and found himself liking him despite his expectations of meeting a weird and spoiled rock star: In Jim Morrison, I found to my surprise a beautiful human being who, not unlike Charles Mingus, has been a victim of sensational publicity and harassment by silly journalists. Mingus threatened to leave the U. He continued to make tours to Europe throughout his career.
But this song is more about the blues, as Crisafulli mentions, Morrison offers a kind of primer on how to build the basic, bone—rattling blues tune: Chuck Crisafulli, The Doors: The Doors: Leo Alfassy New York: Nipper Music, Oxford University Press, , He also had plans to go there to write poetry, to refuel on creativity, and to determine his future projects. The Doors were able to finish their final album, L.
Woman, without him, so his departure also represented a good stopping point for the group as a whole, at least for a while. Conclusions Morrison gave the impression that Down Beat was important to him both as a musician and as a person interested in the blues and jazz. In their exchange, Cuscuna reinforced the importance of The Doors, and especially Morrison as musicians. Throughout his article he reminded readers of their previous success even though Cuscuna blamed this very same success for their failures , their connections to the blues and jazz, and their promise of future success.
At the same time, Cuscuna was emphasizing his status as a writer: In the beginning of the article, Cuscuna gave the impression that his interest was about learning more about Morrison and the music of The Doors; he was not a fan of the rock star.
He allowed Morrison to take him there through one—on—one conversations and attending at and enjoyment of a Doors concert. Free Press January made it difficult to completely believe his comments about enjoying Down Ibid, Morrison had to be someone who was beyond mere familiarity with blues and jazz repertories. Down Beat readers would be most interested in reading about him if he was an accomplished performer, composer, or arranger, preferably with a flair for analyzing or writing about music—— something that Morrison was not.
The interview showed that Morrison was aware of his musical limitations, and in doing so received respect and better understanding from Cuscuna.
This interview generally showed Morrison in a positive light. He did not pretend to know more than he did about music. He took the time to discuss with Cuscuna the repertory he loved, the songs he would like to perform someday, and successful and unsuccessful Doors songs.
Morrison was drunk at the concert and, although clearly unable to sing Doors songs for that night, was still inspired by Artaud and recent performances by the Living Theatre at the University of Southern California.
He seemed determined to break the boundaries between performers and audience, stage and auditorium, song and speech sometimes rap , social inhibition and sexual exhibition, and listening and experience——but very few appeared to understand what he was doing or his need to have a dialogue with his audience in order to create his own commentary about their political, social, and moral inhibitions.
The concert took place on 1 March , and from the very beginning it attracted the attention of staff writers and reporters from The MiamiHerald. It also chronicled the charges against Morrison, and details of the trial. Morris discussed details of the incident, the venue, and she cited passages from The Miami Herald.
See also Jan E. Today the form letters are still available. Contact with people who were present at the time, especially members of the band, added some clarity of the actual event.
In general, the firsthand accounts of reporters were mostly questionable: Were they really firsthand accounts?