Explore Jim Morrison and The Doors place in a unique timing, and the cultural, social and historical events which led up to that time


1941 - James Joyce dies in Zürich, Switzerland, disappointed with the reception given his work.

1964 - The Beatles release I Want To Hold Your Hand in the U.S.

Jan 13 - 15, 1967 - This is the second of five - three night weekends for The Doors at Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. After this, the second of two consecutive weekends, the Doors don't return to the Fillmore until June.

1968 - Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida audio lab reports tests have found that the noise generated at rock & roll concerts is harmful to teenage ears.

1973 - After years troubled by drug addiction, Eric Clapton makes a triumphant comeback at London's Rainbow Theater. He sells out two shows as the set opens and closes with Layla. Afterward Clapton told a reporter, "I was very nervous, felt sick, the whole bit." Referring to the audience he responded, "They don't know how much it helped me."

1976 - In a BBC radio broadcast, John Wain comments: "Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking."

Doors History Spotlight: The Fillmore

Friday night is probably the famed Fillmore show to which Jim Morrison never arrived. In his book, Bill Graham Presents, Graham recalls that on that night no one had the slightest idea where Jim was, and ticket-holders were given the option of returning another night or getting a refund.

The following day, Jim appears at Graham's business office and explains that he had been about to leave Sacramento when he spotted Casablanca playing at a local movie theater. He had felt compelled to stop and sit through three screenings of the classic Humphrey Bogart film, consequently missing the Doors scheduled appearance at the Fillmore. Graham is exasperated, but forgives Jim, hoping it will be his last disappearance.

Also performing are The Grateful Dead, and the Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band.

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