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2014 Record Store Day: The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Lead Classic Rock Releases

This year's list of exclusive Record Store Day releases includes a bumper crop of limited-edition finds for classic rock lovers.

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The Doors’ Jim Morrison Gets the Setlist Wrong – Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

 

One of the reasons why 'This is Spinal Tap' continues to resonate is because it's not only heavy metal groups on the downside of their career that experience real-life 'Spinal Tap' stories, but also bands that are trying to make a name for themselves on the road to classic rock immortality. Years before the brain trust behind the movie even came up with the concept, the Doors had a moment that could found its way into the script. 

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How Jim Morrison Inspired Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Dazed and Confused’ Catchphrase

For years now, the easiest way to do a Matthew McConaughey impression has been to imitate his 'Dazed and Confused' character, David Wooderson, by saying "Alright, alright, alright" in a goofy Southern drawl -- something McConaughey himself acknowledged when he uttered those magic words while picking up his Oscar and Golden Globe awards for 'Dallas Buyers Club.' And as it turns out, we have Doors frontman Jim Morrison to thank for all of it.

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Artists Line Up for ‘A Psych Tribute to the Doors’

The Doors have already been the subject of multiple tribute albums, but the folks at Cleopatra Records have put together a new one that promises to see "the original riders on the psychedelic storm get their own minds blown by the leaders of the new psych rock movement."

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44 Years Ago: The Doors Release ‘Morrison Hotel’

The Doors had gotten sloppy, self-absorbed and a little off course by the time they released their fourth album, 'The Soft Parade,' in mid 1969. A few months later, when they returned to the studio to record the follow-up LP, 'Morrison Hotel,' they were leaner, tougher and more focused than they had been since their breakthrough 1967 debut.

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Jim Morrison’s Apartment Furnishings for Sale

Well, here's something interesting for Doors fans: According to a recent Craiglist posting, the owner of the Los Angeles building that's said to be Jim Morrison's last known U.S. residence is selling furnishings from his apartment.

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47 Years Ago: The Doors’ Debut Album Released

When the Doors entered a Hollywood recording studio to make their debut album at the end of August 1966, they knew what they wanted. Months of serving as house band at the Whisky a Go Go had sharpened their playing and performing skills to the point where one member of the quartet could abruptly swerve toward a new direction and the others would follow without missing a beat.

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Black Friday Record Store Day 2013: Guide to Classic Rock Releases

Limited edition rarities collections from Bob Dylan and the Doors are among the treasures that will await you at your local independent record store this year on "Black Friday."

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44 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Arrested in Arizona

There's no denying that Doors singer Jim Morrison was one of the most charismatic front men of his generation. Unfortunately he was one of the most troubled, too. The singer had a terrible alcohol problem that played a big role in his repeated arrests.

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45 Years Ago: Ray Manzarek Fills in For a Passed Out Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison made a career of nodding off at inopportune moments. He passed out when the rest of the Doors were expecting him in the studio. He passed out in the studio. He passed out before concerts and after concerts. And sometimes, like on Sept. 15, 1968, he passed out during concerts -- onstage as the audience and his bandmates watched him collapse into an unwashed mound of rock-star excess.

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