Snacking on When Your Strange @ The Cox Capitol Theatre

I fell in love with the Doors in 1996.

It was a Sunday night, I think, and I was listening to Q-106 when they went from their regularly scheduled program to a smooth voiced man talking about the 1971 recording of L.A. Woman by The Doors. I thought I was going to hear a few songs and some biography, but he played the entire record from start to finish and I recorded it on tape. I don’t know how many times I listened to that tape, especially Riders on the Storm, but I know I wore the tape down to nothing.

Tonight, Cox Capitol Theatre hosts the 2nd Tuesday Rock ‘n Roll Picture Show, “When You’re Strange”, a documentary about The Doors narrated by Johnny Depp. From the website:

The crowd-pleasing documentary has been featured at the Sundance, Berlin, Deauville and San Sebastian Film Festivals and most recently played to sold-out shows at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

Produced by Wolf Films/Strange Pictures, in association with Rhino Entertainment, and released by Abramorama, the 90-minute film is the first feature documentary about The Doors.

“They say if you remember the ‘60s you weren’t there,” said producer Dick Wolf.  “I can state definitively that one of the things I do remember is buying THE DOORS first album the day it came out and then listening to it about ten or twelve times in a row.  Both sides.  Every song.  I’ve been a fan ever since.  This movie is the story of the band but it is also an insight into a moment in time that will never be repeated.”

WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of the illustrious rock quartet and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy.  Directed by award-winning writer/director Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, the film is a riveting account of the band’s history.

Said Depp, “Watching the hypnotic, hitherto unreleased footage of Jim, John, Ray and Robby, I felt like I experienced it all through their eyes. As a rock n’ roll documentary, or any kind of documentary for that matter, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.  What an honor to have been involved.  I am as proud of this as anything I have ever done.”

The film reveals an intimate perspective on the creative chemistry between drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison — four brilliant artists who made The Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential rock bands. Using footage shot between the band’s 1965 formation and Morrison’s 1971 death, WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE follows the band from the corridors of UCLA’s film school, where Manzarek and Morrison met, to the stages of sold-out arenas.

So grab your vintage rock ‘n roll t-shirt to take advantage of the $3 price at the door ($5 without said vintage rock ‘n roll t-shirt), go early to enjoy $1 beer and $1 pizza and check out what looks to be a good documentary on a truly extraordinary band. Movie starts tonight at 7:30pm.

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