“Strange” bedfellows

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the doors 17 Strange bedfellowsFor some odd reason, [lastfm]The Doors[/lastfm] and PBS aren’t mentioned in the same conversations often.  I can’t see Mr. Rogers inviting them to the neighborhood to feed the fish!  PBS disagrees.  They’re going to spotlight [lastfm]Jim Morrison[/lastfm] and crew on a new special airing in May.  Click more for the dirt…

“The story of The Doors is one of the most compelling in the history of American rock music; three hugely talented musicians and a lead singer whose commitment to artistic freedom was so intense he rocketed them to a success that always hovered on the edge of chaos. As an independent filmmaker this sensibility affected me greatly.”

Tom DiCillo, director and writer, When You’re Strange

when youre strange doors doc Strange bedfellowsThe creative chemistry of four brilliant artists – drummer [lastfm]John Densmore[/lastfm], guitarist [lastfm]Robby Krieger[/lastfm], keyboardist [lastfm]Ray Manzarek[/lastfm] and singer [lastfm]Jim Morrison[/lastfm] – made The Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential, theatrical and mysterious, thrilling and sometime frightening rock bands. Narrated by Johnny Depp, American Masters: When You’re Strange is the first feature documentary about The Doors, premiering nationally Wednesday, May 12th on PBS. The film tells their story using only original footage – much of it previously unseen – shot between their formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971. “From the outset I decided to use only original footage of this astonishing band,” says Tom DiCillo, director and writer of When You’re Strange. “To me, there is nothing more powerful and riveting that seeing Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Jim Morrison leap into life on the screen.”

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