I have been listening to 60’s rock lately, don’t know why. A lot of good tunes there if you get some of the politics out of the way first, some of them were damn hippies but they could make some good tunes when they weren’t stoned, well…maybe when they were stoned I guess… The Doors used to be one of my favorite groups growing up, their sone “The End” is engrained into the film Apocalypse Now fittingly at The End. Its in this setting that the moody melody and somewhat maddening lyrics help play out the assassination (or was it suicide) of Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) by Captain Williard (Martin Sheen). The film is a cinematic masterpiece (despite its message) in my book and the story of the production and filming is what Hollywood legends are made of. An example, future stare Laurence Fishburne lied about his age on his acting resume and was cast at the age of 14, he was 17 (the actual age of his character) when filming was finally set…and the “air strike” at the end of the film was actually the real demolition of the set (required by the Philippine government) done after the movie was filmed, it was not intended to be viewed as part of the film but as a separate piece.
And an interesting fact about The Doors? Jim Morrison’s dad was a US Navy Admiral!