Here's a few more from the past month:
July 14 Los Angeles Times Doors Drummer Helps Save Community Muralhttp://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lo...,7105392.column
It's nasty hot at the corner of Avenue 61 and Figueroa.
John Densmore, the drummer from the Doors, stands in the shade of his wide-brimmed hat, gazing at a damaged 120-foot mural with several other men. One of them is Luis Rodriguez, a local author who believes in his heart that L.A. and its lost boys can be saved by art.
It was Densmore, a Santa Monica resident, who initiated this little confab in Highland Park. When we first spoke by phone, he told me about how he had helped fund the mural project more than 10 years ago, so naturally, he was disappointed by its recent desecration.
July 17 Grand Canyon Rally to Focus on Uranium Threats
This gathering will be held south of the Grand Canyon National Park near Red Butte, a sacred site for the Havasupai tribe. On Friday, members of the Havasupai tribe will hold a private ceremony meant to use prayers to focus positive change towards ending uranium mining. On Saturday, members of the public will be invited to join the Havasupai at a free public concert at 6 p.m. with performances by traditional Havasupai, Hopi, and Aztec dancers; bands like Burning Sky, joined by John Densmore, drummer for the Doors; Casper from Hopi Land; and Navajo songwriter Clarence Clearwater.
July 28 Celebrate the Gibson SGhttp://www.gibson.com/en%2Dus/Lifestyle/Fe...2Dgibson%2D728/
The ’60s were a time of cultural, political and artistic revolution. In the course of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the Vietnam War, Andy Warhol’s iconic pop-art depiction of a Campbell’s soup can and Apollo 11 landing on the moon, the ’60s spawned the success of some of music’s greatest acts from Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Doors and Velvet Underground, just to name a few. The decade also closed with arguably the world’s most iconic and historical cultural gatherings, the Woodstock Music Festival.
July 26 Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania article about Daryl Hall and John Oates http://www.timesleader.com/features/Tried_...07-26-2009.html
IFC’s rock-and-raunch sitcom Z Rock and recently marked the 21st episode of his online music series, “Live from Daryl’s House.” Filmed primarily at Hall’s upstate New York home, the monthly jam session finds the singer teaming up with his musical pals, including Plain White T’s, K.T. Tunstall and the Doors’ Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger. For fans of live music, the door to Daryl’s house — www.livefromdarylshouse.com — is one worth knocking on.
July 22 Phoenix Examiner story about comedian Mark Eddiehttp://www.examiner.com/x-17616-Indianapol...dian-Mark-Eddie
Legendary DJ Geno Michellini calls him, "a comedic version of Bruce Springsteen who plays a mean guitar and does dead-on singing impressions." Robby Krieger of The Doors calls his show "a rock concert with non-stop laughter". VH-1 says he's "irreverently clean". Meet rock n roll comedian Mark Eddie.
With a wonderful singing voice, he salutes classic and new artists like Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Van Morrison, Garth Brooks and more.
July 30 National Public Radio Books Set On Beaches Capture Seaside Scene http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kuar/.ar....Seaside.Scene/
Light My Fire, by Ray Manzarek, hardcover, 352 pages, Putnam Adult, list price: $15.95
That experience reminded me of an earlier visit to Venice Beach in California. As I watched the skateboarders, bodybuilders and characters who inhabit the beach scene there, I read Light My Fire by Ray Manzarek, who played keyboards for The Doors.
Manzarek's memoir took me back to the Age of Aquarius days of the late 1960s. Manzarek's prose captures the trippy, carnival atmosphere of the Southern California beach scene in those dionysian times and made me feel I might bump into a young Jim Morrison at any moment.
July 29 Phoenix Examiner story about Weird Al Yankovik's new song Craigslisthttp://www.examiner.com/x-7808-Cleveland-R...d-For-Rock-Hall
His parody of Jim Morrison is downright amazing. Yankovic, dressed as Morrision, sings about “Craig’s List” on his latest single. The song has all of The Doors signature sounds (helping to achieve an authentic sound was original Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who plays on the track), and sounds like an original Doors song.
Somewhere Morrison is laughing (hopefully).
July 27 Los Angeles Times regarding History Channel Special on Sex in 1969http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/...0,6220390.story
Sex in '69: Sexual Revolution in America: This documentary tells stories of celebrities and ordinary people caught between old values and new sexual desires in the turbulent and swinging year of 1969. Hugh Hefner, Dyan Cannon, Jim Brown and Ray Manzarek are featured