Are The Doors Relevant in the 21st Century?

Revolution in the '60s

This is the first and last article written by Jim Cherry for AXS Entertainment. Can you spot the rant?

It’s been over 50 years since Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek met on Venice Beach and formed The Doors. We’re quickly approaching 50 years since Jim Morrison added the Oedipal section to “The End” and The Doors became part of rock and roll legend. January 4, 2017 will be the 50th anniversary of the release of The Doors’ first album. So, after 50 years, are The Doors still relevant?

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The interest level of fans is still high. Robby Krieger still tours yearly, usually filling the venues he plays. He also plays on CDs by up and coming rockers, John Garcia being an example of one the latest. The Doors are still played in heavy rotation on classic rock stations, and every year eight to nine books are published on some aspect of The Doors or Jim Morrison.

Rap groups have taken to claiming The Doors as an influence. Snoop Dogg was in early with a cover of “Riders on the Storm.” More recently Tech N9ne has repeatedly stated in interviews that The Doors were an influence, so much so that he named his production company Strange Records. Prior to Ray Manzarek’s death the surviving members of The Doors did a cover with Tech N9ne of “Strange Days” complete with samples of Jim Morrison’s vocals. The Doors have also kept their music in front of younger audiences playing with dubstep DJ Skrillex on “Breakin’ a Sweat.”

The ’60s are remembered as one of our most turbulent periods of American history. Today’s political situation is fractious, with members of both parties claiming the system is rigged against them and both parties having mounted populist movements. Sociologically, events on today’s news unconsciously mirror those of the ’60s. Race relations are again a major issue with past reforms trying to be reversed. Youth movements have again taken to the streets to oppose and challenge the status quo in the form of the Occupy movement as well as Black Lives Matter, and again our television screens are filled with images of protestors confronting armor clad police officers, riots and tear gas, and while revolution isn’t in the air, justice is. Strange days have found us again.

The Doors seem as relevant to the times as they did 50 years ago. Their message reverberates in the air, and the music sounds as fresh and vibrant as it did when The Doors were first creating their music.

Originally published July 14, 2016 under the AXS banner.

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