Patt Morrison for November 18, 2011

The Doors: A close reading with Greil Marcus

Public Affairs

It’s been forty years since Jim Morrison's death, and still his psychedelic presence rings clear in the music of The Doors.

The rock legends stumbled onto the LA rock and roll scene in the 1960s, and have since sold over 100 million albums worldwide. In today’s age where Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian (she sings, right?) dominate pop culture, The Doors hark back to a time in which music reflected the attitudes of an entire generation.

In his new book, “The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years,” music critic Greil Marcus dissects studio and bootleg performances to get inside these rockers’ minds. Marcus ties the band’s popularity to a dark American history of Charles Mason and the assassination of Robert Kennedy. Marcus joins us to talk about the cult of The Doors at the place where it all started.

Guest:

Greil Marcus, author of "The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years"; music critic

The Doors by Patt Morrison, KPCC on Grooveshark


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