From the time he was a young boy in Albuquerque, NM, through his time with The Doors, Jim loved putting people in awkward situations to see how they would react. If you were a part of Jim’s life, it was just a matter of time before you became the unwitting victim.
A perfect example occurred when Jim was a senior at George Washington High School in Alexandria, VA. He decided to start the school day off by purposely going to the wrong classroom. He sat down in the front row, and when the teacher asked him why he was there, Jim just stared blankly in silence. After continuous questioning and getting zero response from Jim, the teacher decides to go down to the principal’s office to get help. The principal comes into the room, again questioning Jim, asking what was going on, asking if he was ok, and getting no response. He puts his hand on Jim’s shoulder, at which point Jim acts as if jolted out of his trance, saying, “Oh my God! Where am I? Who are you people? How did I get here?” No doubt Jim had planned this well in advance and went home that day very satisfied with himself.
Fast-forward a few years to Florida State University. Jim and a few friends are hitchhiking in the rain. A car pulls over to pick them up. Jim runs up to the car, looks inside, shakes his head, and says, “This just won’t do. We’ll wait for the next guy”. The driver, looking very confused, drives off. Jim’s friends are fuming since they are all getting soaked in the rain. A while later, the next car pulls over, and Jim says to his friends, “I’ll handle this. Let me go talk to him first. Don’t worry. We’ll get this one!” Jim runs up to the car, the driver rolls down the window, and they start talking. Five minutes later, as his friends look on, the car again drives away. Jim walks back to his friends and tells them, “He just wasn’t intelligent enough. The ride would have been way too boring!” After that, Jim’s friends would not let him talk to the cars as they pulled over and they got a ride soon after.
Another story from FSU occurred when Jim and his friends went to the Homecoming football game and formal dance. It was a requirement to wear a tie to get into the dance. Jim rarely, if ever, wore a tie. When it was time to go to the game, Jim came out of his room wearing a tie that had a knot the size of a baseball, with only a few inches of the tie visible under it. His friends wondered if Jim didn’t know how to properly tie a tie and asked if he needed help with it. “No, man!” Jim declared. “This is a Malibu Surfer’s Knot!” Jim and his friends went to the football game, with everyone there doing double-takes at the size of Jim’s tie knot.
Stories like this make you wonder if what happened in New Haven or even in Miami were just a part of Jim’s mischievous side, planned out in his head well in advance to test the people around him? Was he “testing the bounds of reality”? Only Jim knows for sure.
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Your Doors Fix for the 21st Century
For decades, the rock group The Doors and their charismatic front-man Jim Morrison have continued to attract fans young and old. Since 1967, hundreds of books, multiple feature films, thousands of magazine articles, and hundreds of television shows have been made featuring The Doors. Yet, what do we have for today's tech-savvy Doors fan looking to Doors content on their mobile device? The answer is... not much. That's why we're here.
The Doors.ai was created for today's digital generation to get their Doors content on the go, where they want it, and when they want it. Curated by The Doors' official archivist, you get exclusive Doors content you won't find anywhere else.
Features include: Today in Doors History, Classic Quotes, Doors Stories, Doors Location Guide, Song Lyrics, Concert Reviews, and more!
All app content is constantly updated, making the average monthly subscription cost of less than $1 well worth it.
Today in Doors History
From the earliest days of the band, through the solo careers of Ray, Robby and John, it's all here in "Today in Doors History."
Each day you open up the app it will display what occurred that day in Doors history.
- Doors Concert Dates
- Ray, Robby and John solo concert dates (Ray solo, Butts Band, Nite City, Red Shift, etc)
- Album and movie release dates
- Many more significant events in Doors history, many of which are exclusive to The Doors.ai.
You can scroll through the days of the year, or you can jump right to a day that means something to you. Many days have five or six events occurring.
We will continue to research Doors-related events and add more as we find them.
You will always learn something new in "Today in Doors History."
Although many books have been written about The Doors, what better way to learn about the psyche of Jim Morrison and the events surrounding the band than from the people who were actually there?
Not only will you will hear from band members Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore, but also others instrumental in development of the band such as long-time engineer Bruce Botnick, and Elektra President Jac Holzman.
Many of these quotes are exclusive to The Doors.ai.
Most content in The Doors.ai is made for today's world, for people on the go. Small consumable chunks that you can browse and enjoy when you have a few spare minutes. Sometimes you want to spend a little more time reading about the band. That's where the "Doors Stories" section comes in.
Doors stories are a bit longer, similar to old-school magazine articles. Written or edited exclusively for The Doors.ai, you won't find these anywhere else.
Find out about things like
- The Doors' early days at The London Fog on Sunset Strip
- Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek's early experiences with LSD.
- One fan's experience crashing a Doors' recording session
- The story of a family's interactions with Jim and the band as they were recording LA Woman.
- And many more!
New stories added monthly.
Doors' Location Guide
Have you ever wanted to go hang out at the same places that Jim Morrison and The Doors' hung out? We have you covered with the Doors' Location Guide.
- In Los Angeles, you can go find The Whisky a Go Go, Jim Morrison's room at the Alta Cienega Motel, The Doors' beach rehearsal house in Venice Beach, and over 20 more locations
- In San Francisco, you can find the famous venues where The Doors performed, such as the Avalon Ballroom, The Matrix, The Fillmore Auditorium.
- In New York, go hang out where the Strange Days album cover was shot, or find Ondine or the historic Fillmore East where The Doors played.
- In Paris, you can find the apartment where Jim Morrison stayed during his time in Paris as well as his gravesite at Pere Lachaise.
- And More!
Over forty different locations across Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Paris. New locations added monthly.
What Doors application would be complete without a complete lyrics guide? We've got it here too, but unlike you've ever seen it before.
One of the most frustrating things about Doors lyrics on the internet is that they are either incomplete or just plain wrong. The lyrics in The Doors.ai were all transcribed using the isolated vocal tracks from the Doors multi-track recordings. These are the true lyrics, and in some cases a little different than you've ever seen before.
Included in our lyrics section are The Doors six original albums, plus the two post-Morrison albums Other Voices and Full Circle.
We also have the lyrics to album outtakes, and b-sides that never made the albums.
This really is your one-stop shop for Doors lyrics.
One of the goals of The Doors.ai is to make sure that the stories and memories from the people who saw The Doors perform live are saved for future generations of fans to enjoy. This part of the app was built specifically for that purpose.
Our concert reviews include:
- Over seventy reviews spanning the earliest Doors shows in 1966 through their final gig as a trio in 1972.
- Reviews of Robby and John's first band after The Doors broke up, the Butts Band.
- Reviews of Ray Manzarek solo shows in 1974-75 supporting his first two solo albums.
- Reviews of Ray Manzarek's late-seventies band Nite City.
We hope as more fans download and use The Doors.ai, we will be able to add even more reviews and save even more history!