SD always welcomes the opportunity to publish one of his favourite cringeworthy quotes, namely ‘‘Jim lived on the edge for all of us’’, which the Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek once volunteered on the merits or otherwise of his band’s frontman, Jim Morrison, who did indeed push the leather trouser envelope back in the day. One wonders, then, what the singer, who died in 1971, would make of the Doors app, which has just become available at your local app store (for iPad only). This miracle of modern technology has been put together by Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, who signed the Doors to his label in 1966. The app does live on the edge once or twice. It’s an allencompassing history of the American band, from its early days in LA to its untimely demise following Morrison’s death. For some reason, perhaps sport, I was prepared to be critical of this product, especially after the PR blurb described it as an ‘‘unprecedented immersive experience’’, but instead I was swallowed up into the body of the beast, which includes easy-to-manipulate sections on the band’s gigs and recordings, along with photographs and previously unseen paraphernalia, such as recording details of songs and detailed digital maps of where the band played in LA. Also, there are essays by Patti Smith and Hunter S. Thompson, among others, and tidbits about some of the background players in the band’s evolution. For instance, assistant cameraman on the Doors’ 1970 documentary Feast of
Friends was Harrison Ford. What’s most entertaining, although rarely in the way it was intended, is the retelling of the Miami Incident in 1969, when Morrison was arrested after a show, accused of exposing himself on stage. Morrison received a posthumous pardon over the incident in 2010 and the app includes extensive background documents on it, including those compiled by the FBI. The story is told in graphic novel fashion, drawn by comic book artist Dean Haspiel and written by Holzman’s son Adam, and contains — it says here — actual dialogue used by the members of the band and its entourage and fans at the time of the gig. ‘‘Come on. Light my fire!’’ screams an enthusiastic punter at the show. ‘‘We want the Doors,’’ says another. It’s as if you were in the room. The Doors app costs $5.49. NICE to see one of our up-and-coming acts getting a leg up from another band that launched itself on the world in the 1960s. I refer of course to the Big Kahuna from Caboolture, Keith Urban, who did his credibility no harm at all by getting on stage with the Rolling Stones last week in Los Angeles, helping them through their hit from 1978, Respectable. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke, but one couldn’t help but be curious concerning Urban’s pronouncement on the matter of sharing chops with Keith Richards and his colleagues. ‘‘If I had have been offered either a trip to the moon or sitting in with the Stones,’’ said our (by way of NZ) Keith, ‘‘I would still have been strapping on my Tele saying ‘screw the moon’.’’ As we all know, going to the moon is really expensive and has virtually no potential as a country music outlet. It’s a no-brainer. SPEAKING of rich country music folk, Taylor Swift bought her new abode in Rhode Island for $17 million in cash, according to overseas reports this week. One wonders if she will have her eye on a beachside residence when she starts her next Australian tour, which begins in Sydney on December 4.
The Lizard King: Jim Morrison