RAY MANZAREK - The Doors: Myth and Reality
It's cut up with his keyboards and sounds of the time – it’s so much more than just a man reading a book.
In these X Factor times it’s nice to come across someone with integrity, it was never about fame and money, it was about the music and the work. The secret to a happy life. Yeah man...........open up your mind, break on through to the other side man. (You'll be talking like that for the rest of the day!)
Worth hearing just for his story about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame asking him if he had Jim Morrison’s leather pants. "Why would I have Jim Morrison's pants? Go fuck yourself!" Brilliant, had me laughing out loud.
On the same theme of people who don’t compromise and manage to survive the vanities and madness of Rock and Roll I watched the Peter Bogdanovich directed TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS documentary.
I’d been meaning to buy it for ages and then it was shown on BBC 4 the other night. It’s over 4 hours long so I thought I’d watch about an hour and record the rest but I ended up watching the whole thing straight through.
I love Tom Petty anyway, that whole rock ’n’ roll Americana, singing about the underdog and Fuck The Man music – (that’s what I call it anyway, not really a catchy name for a genre!)
But watch it, it's the classic story of a band getting ripped off by the music business story and how Tom Petty fights back – and wins.
And there's footage from his childhood right the way through to the first days of his getting into music – how come all Americans have film of themselves as kids – this was the fifties! They keep saying he’s from a poor family but in America that means your Dad has a cine camera.
Favourite Tom Petty songs: Breakdown, Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, American Girl, I Need To Know, Listen To Her Heart, Here Comes My Girl, The Waiting………(A stupid list to start – clearly I like a lot of his songs)
Do yourself a big favour and go buy/ download/ steal this album. Go to their MySpace page and watch the videos. Why can't all music sound like this?
It's like Latin Rhythmed 60's Garage Rock-a-billy Madness - all my favourite sounds by the way.