It’s been almost 50 years since Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek bumped into each other on Venice Beach and decided to put together The Doors, a band which would combine rock ‘n’ roll with poetry and theatre, and they succeeded and The Doors are now legend. In legend you become the subject of other artists interpretation. Today’s Doors Examiner article takes a quick look at three different artistic visions of The Doors.
Doors Laser Show – If you live near or around Boulder, Colorado the Fiske Planetarium is having a laser show featuring the music of The Doors on October 30th at 9 pm. The show will feature some of The Doors most well known songs “Break on Through,” “Soul Kitchen,” “Moonlight Drive,” “Waiting for the Sun” (both excellent choices for a planetarium), “The Crystal Ship,” and “The End.” The songs are matched with projections to the planets, and throughout the galaxy. Other shows have included Pink Floyd (“Dark Side of the Moon”), Lady Gaga, Creed and Skrillex. The program lasts about an hour and tickets are available at the Fiske Planetarium.
Photography of Guy Webster – Before Ray Manzarek died in May of 2013 he seems to have participated or finished up participating in a lot of projects. The newest is a book of Guy Webster’s photographs entitled “Big Shots.” Webster’s career started with a photograph which was used for a Mamas and Papas album cover and from there he went on to become one of Hollywood’s photographers of the stars. His subjects included Jim Morrison, Brian Wilson, Dennis Hopper, The Stones, Jack Nicholson, Janis Joplin, Raquel Welch, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Jane Fonda and many more. Manzarek’s participation in the project is described as “contributions from Ray Manzarek.” “Big Shots” will be released October 21 on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Indiebound. If you live in the Los Angeles area there will be a book release party and exhibit of Webster’s photographs at Mr. Musichead on October 25, between 6-10pm. For more information on “Big Shots” visit Guy Webster’s website.
D*Face Exhibit – Today’s artists, as well as the public, have a fascination with celebrities, artists, and musicians who died young. Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix usually top the list later entries include Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Tupac Shakur. English street artist D*Face explores this subject in a series of paintings now being exhibited in an exhibition titled “Scars and Stripes” being shown by PMM Art Projects in Los Angeles. D*Face is artist Dean Stockton, who’s artwork is known to reflect the macabre or a sense of mortality in his work. The portraits he’s done of Morrison, Hendrix, Cobain, Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, Biggie Smalls, Buddy Holly and others may at first glance look like standard pop renderings of the icons, but quickly you notice those portraits have a sense of the necrotic and decay. The faces show desiccated features, flesh stripped away to reveal sinew, blood and bone (is this strip away the illusion of fame?). “Scars and Stripes” is being exhibited right now (Sept 28) through October 12th at 315 S. Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA. If you would like to read two excellent articles on D*Face and see samples of his work there is “Scars and Stripes – D*Face in L.A.” and/or “Cobain, Tupac, Winehouse: Street Artist D*Face Portrays Artists who Burned Bright and Died Young.”
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