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The Doors' John Densmore and artist Shepard Fairey team up for Record Store Day 12″

Tucked somewhere in the back of most of our minds is a discomforting cognizance of our country’s ugly history of mistreating Native Americans. But come Thanksgiving Day—and the corollary consumerism circus that is Black Friday—we tend not to dwell on that reality.

So for Record Store Day this year, artist-advocates John Densmore, drummer of The Doors, and Shepard Fairey, the iconoclastic artist, teamed up for a creative effort to rouse the country’s collective conscience—and shine light on a movement to uplift the indigenous community. The result of their collaborative vision is Ghost Song, a limited edition 12″ vinyl featuring The Doors 1978 hit and cover art by Fairey, hitting indie record stores on Friday, Nov. 28—”the day after the first peoples of this land taught us how to give, as in Thanksgiving,” Densmore explains. The proceeds will go toward Honor the Treaties, an organization dedicated to elevating indigenous communities via art and activism.
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Watch the trailer for the lost Doors film 'Feast of Friends'

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It’s become a cliche of pop music that at a certain point in their career, a popular enough act will have to make a movie about themselves in order to give their audience an “unguarded” (but in reality heavily mediated) look at their life offstage. But when the Doors decided to self-produce their own film in 1968, it was still a fairly novel idea. That film, entitled Feast of Friends, was never officially released, although clips of it have been used in documentaries and music videos, and bootleg copies have been passed from Doors fan to Doors fan for years. In fact it came close to being a quite literally lost project—rumor has it that those bootlegs were all duplicates of a print that Jim Morrison left in a paper bag at a friend’s house just days before he died.

Now, Feast of Friends is finally getting a proper release by Eagle Rock Entertainment on Nov. 11. The DVD/Blu-Ray edition includes not only a complete cut of the film but a companion compilation of outtakes called Feast of Friends: Encore, plus a 1968 Doors doc produced for British television called The Doors Are Open, as well as a 1967 performance of filmed for a Canadian TV pop-music variety show where they drop a full 10-minute version of “The End” on a group of stunned Torontonians.

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Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for the Doors, has died at 74

Ray Manzarek, the founding keyboardist for the Doors, passed away this morning in Germany, according to a statement from his publicist. The cause was bile duct cancer.

As a member of the legendary rock band that formed in 1965 in Los Angeles and effectively ended with the death of frontman Jim Morrison in 1971 (though the group continued to perform and release music in other iterations for many years), Manzarek became an enduring symbol of the era — he was portrayed by Kyle McLachlan in the 1991 Oliver Stone biopic The Doors, and wrote a best-selling memoir about his experiences, Light My Fire: My Life with The Doors, in 1998.

The Doors sold more than 100 million albums worldwide on the strength of hits like “Hello, I Love You,” “Riders on the Storm,” “Light My Fire,” and “Break On Through to the Other Side.”

Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Pablo, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Manzarek’s name to www.standup2cancer.org.

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TV Jukebox: 'Californication,' 'The Game,' 'CSI' and more music-on-TV moments this week

The latest spate of first-run episodes certainly kicked off 2012 with a bang, and boy have we got a supersized Jukebox for you this week, music fans.

Despite how messy things were on screens, the music underpinning them all ended up falling into fairly neat categories. We’ll start with the juiciest hook-ups from The Vampire Diaries and Body of Proof; unfortunately, every relationship must end, and that’s where Jersey Shore and Californication enter the fray.

Somewhere between all that making out and breaking up, fights raged across the networks on Suburgatory, CSI: NY, Mob Wives, The Game, and Once Upon a Time. Peace was made on How I Met Your Mother, Nikita, Grey’s Anatomy, and CSI: Miami. That leaves only Queen V — Victoria Grayson.

The deliciously diabolical Revenge puppet-master belongs in a category all her own. How did music ranging from indie rock to rap figure into all this coming together and falling apart?  Keep reading… (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Jim Morrison's ghost photograph is 'not fake.' REALLY???

There aren’t many headlines that make me declare “Say whaaat?” while doing a loud but poor impression of Scooby Doo. And my co-workers are grateful for that. But I definitely had a “Ray rhaaat?” moment when I came across this headline in British newspaper The Daily Express: RESEARCHERS CLAIM JIM MORRISON’S GHOST PICTURE IS NOT A FAKE.

Does this mean there really is proof of an after life of some sort? What will this mean for religion? For humanity? For DVD sales of The Doors?

This bizarre, and conceivably life-as-we-know-it-changing, tale hinges around a writer named Brett Meisner. In 1997, Meisner’s assistant took a photograph of him at Morrison’s grave in Paris. Five years later Mesiner looked at the picture (wow, his developing place is sloooow) and noticed a ghostly figure in the background which resembled Morrison. (The young, thin, Morrison. Not the slightly-less-young, much fatter version. Hey, even ghosts like to look good, you know!)

The photograph is one of the images to be found in a new book called Ghosts Caught On Film 2: Photographs of the Unexplained. The Express story states that, according to “researchers,” the apparition in the photograph is not a trick of the light and they’ve also ruled out the possibility that the image has been manipulated. Good for them. But, frankly, I’m not going to be convinced that Morrison is really lighting a fire around his grave until some paranormal researchers I trust (like Dan Aykroyd, or even Bill Murray) say it’s so.

But what say you? Do you think Morrison’s ghost is alive and well (or, at least, well)? Have you ever seen the ghost of a rock star? Am I risking a visit from the Lizard King himself by making fun of this whole thing? Let us know!

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