John Densmore’s new book “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial” is causing a lot of attention in the national media and seems to be sparking a conversation about artistic integrity and selling your ’brand.’ Densmore appeared on the Tavis Smiley show last night to discuss The Doors’ legal troubles and ‘selling out.’
(We’ve embedded the interview here, but you can watch it in full-screen or read its transcript on the PBS web site.)
In this day and age, selling your song to a commercial seems almost a de rigueur exercise with rock groups, either to get more notice for the band, or in the case of ’60s bands, to build up their retirement package with little thought as to the meaning behind ‘branding‘ (which is to show ownership of property). Some of those ’60s rockers are the same people who in the ’60s said they’d never sell out. Densmore’s book is a necessary discussion for the Baby Boom generation to have, and for up-and-coming groups it is something to consider for your art and legacy.
Originally published May 10, 2013.