The only time I ever walked out of a show was during a solo performance of Ray Manzarek. However, that evening made an indelible mark on me and clarified a lot of how I feel about The Doors and their legacy.
David Gerlach is the founder of Blank on Blank, an original take on using the power of video to bring audio to life. Blank on Blank uncovers "lost audio" and animates it using a variety of tools and partners.
During the mid-sixties, Robert Landau, now a professional photographer, was embarking on what would eventually become a career of documenting on film the life and the surroundings of his hometown. One of the things he began detailing were these rock'n'roll billboards.
Perhaps in embracing mysticism, irrational thought, the Antipodes of the mind -- the creative brain -- we are not in fact denying reality: we are simply -- and very deliberately -- escaping it. An eyes-wide-open embrace of the unconscious.
You can believe in these constructs or not, but you can't deny that they spark some great debates. The fact that Winehouse died at 27, as opposed to 28 or 29, means her legacy will always be held up against those that have written the narrative for modern music.
Such scrappy behavior -- hopeful, yet realist in a "turning world" -- is what propels this Down Under band over the precarious tightrope navigating the middle ground between dreams and nightmares on their journey to define a rock 'n' roll (r)evolution in the 21st century.
The Doors might have been the first musical discovery of my youth; after glomming onto my big sister's Beatles, Stones, and yes, Monkees records, I bought all I could by The Doors. My choice might not have been a healthy omen.