The Doors: Mr Mojo Risin’

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 9pm, Stu­dio At­ten­tion cryptic crossword fans: the ti­tle of this doc­u­men­tary about the mak­ing of the Doors’ fi­nal al­bum, L.A. Woman, is an ana­gram of a band mem­ber’s name. This is also the story, made with 20/20 hind­sight last year for the al­bum’s 40th an­niver­sary, of how one of the world’s truly great rock and blues bands got back its mojo in time to record the mas­ter­piece that in­cludes the cu­ri­ously am­bi­ent Rid­ers on the Storm, the en­dur­ing ti­tle track and the huge in­ter­na­tional hit sin­gle Love Her Madly. Told in the words of the sur­viv­ing Doors, and with com­men­tary by lead­ing jour­nal­ists and com­men­ta­tors, Mr Mojo Risin’ is a ter­rific jour­ney into what made the band tick and why the Amer­i­can es­tab­lish­ment in par­tic­u­lar took ex­cep­tion to the very ex­is­tence of the Doors. Some ex­ag­ger­ated claims are made for the rel­e­vance of the band. Ac­cord­ing to one com­men­ta­tor, the Doors ‘‘ were work­ing on an in­tel­lec­tual and lyri­cal level that was just higher than most other peo­ple’’. Right. It may be a lit­tle grandiose at times but the doc­u­men­tary is in­cred­i­bly well-made and will bring new in­sights to fans.

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