The Doors: 50 Years On

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The Doors: 50 Years On

<p>The impact, influence and background of the 60s LA Band, the Doors, who uniquely combined elements of Rock with Poetry. No band has ever taken their place. The Doors were together for only 54

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The impact, influence and background of the 60s LA Band, the Doors, who uniquely combined elements of Rock with Poetry. No band has ever taken their place. The Doors were together for only 54 months, ending with the death of their lead singer, Jim Morrison. They sold over 100 million albums and still sell a million recordings a year. During this short course students will follow the history and development of the Doors and see most of the available footage of their performances. As they became more controversial, and Jim Morrison developed legal problems, not much footage exists of the band. Especially, in their final two years. Now we will offer an extended session with music from all six of their albums and extensive video performances of most of their hits, as well as the surviving Doors performing some of the band’s material in various tribute sessions. Each student will receive a great compilation CD.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The birth of the doors and their first recording. The Doors first album is regarded as a rock classic. We will examine this record in detail and see the band performing many of the most famous tracks live. These will include “Light My Fire”, “The Alabama Song”, “Break on Through” and “Back Door Man”. We will see part of s documentary released about five years ago on the making of this classic album.
  • In this session the class will discuss the second “Strange Days” LP and why many people regard it as even better than the first record. We will hear and discuss tracks such as “Strange Days”, “Love Me Two Times” and “When the Music's Over”. During this session we will also look at the third LP “Waiting For the Sun”. This album was a bit of a mix it used both old and new songs to create a record which could make as much money as possible with the popularity of the band at the time. However, it went to Number One in the charts and produced their biggest Australian hit, “Hello, I Love You”. During this session we will examine the controversial “Soft Parade” LP which took almost a year to record and see the only live performance of the title track ever filmed. The band at the time was not touring due to bans and legal troubles caused mostly by Jim Morrison’s stage antics. We will also discuss the comeback record: “Morrison Hotel”, which included the rock anthem: “Roadhouse Blues”. This tune was also never filmed live, but we have a good version of it performed at a tribute concert in 2000. We will also discuss the poetry of Morrison and his increasing desire to leave the band and become a writer. Some of the other tunes from this period include “Touch Me”, “Tell All the People”, “The Spy” and others.
  • In our final session we will examine the last album of the Door, “L.A. Woman”. It has just had its 40th anniversary (2011) so we will take a special look at its content. This will include part of a documentary about the “making of LA Woman”. We will also see the Doors playing the only promotional film they ever made to be shown in Australia, with the band performing “Crawling King Snake”. And we will see the surviving Doors playing two or three cuts from this album with well-known vocalists filling in for Jim Morrison.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the contribution of the Doors to modern music.
  2. Evaluate the quality of the Doors music in terms of art and poetry. And its unique contribution.
  3. Investigate the pop culture of the 1960s and its effects on modern culture and society.
  4. Learn the story of this group and how they evolved their original sound and style.