The Doors

Rock Is Dead

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Around 1969, the group cut a semi-legendary 40 minutes or so of the rambling opus "Rock Is Dead," a tongue-in-cheek obituary that combines Morrison's poetry with offhand musical quotes from rock and blues oldies that simulatenously parody and pay homage to the band's inspirations. Not a vital piece of art by any means, but fascinating insight for Morrison/Doors aficionados, simultaneously reflecting the group's mystical vision and the burnout they were feeling as the pressure of commercial expectations, Morrison's dissolution, and legal hassles mounted. Available under a variety of different titles; Love Me Tender, if you can find it, adds some interesting late-'60s studio outtakes and farting around.