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Apr
10

doors doc

nice review of the recently released tom dicillo doc on the doors, when you’re strange

There’s the total absence of talking-head interviews with grizzled scenesters (or any other present-day footage); the cool and measured narration by Johnny Depp (clearly the perfect choice); the direction by DiCillo, a hard-luck indie veteran making his first documentary. “When You’re Strange” is also free of the “fair use” copyright restrictions that plague so many rock docs.

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DiCillo does an outstanding job of explaining the Doors’ musical oddness: They were a rock band with no bass player to keep the beat, whose members had little rock experience. Morrison had never sung before (outside the shower) and Manzarek was a classically trained pianist and organist. Densmore was a big-band and jazz drummer, and Krieger a flamenco guitarist. They weren’t aping either Chicago blues or Merseyside pop, they didn’t sound quite like anyone else and there genuinely was something elliptical — something symbolic or even spiritual — behind the sex-and-drugs double entendres of their songwriting.

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