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By Gary Graff and Gary Graff,Knight-Ridder | March 5, 1991
For anyone who's seen a rock 'n' roll movie other than the parody "This Is Spinal Tap," it's an automatic reaction: Even before actor Val Kilmer opens his mouth to sing as Jim Morrison, you cringe.It has nothing to do with Kilmer, who's actually quite good. Though some filmmakers might argue otherwise, Hollywood has never handled rock with the proper care. On big screens and small, we've grown used to seeing shameless fawning and embarrassing inaccuracies -- and a slew of bad Elvis and Beatle imitators.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | January 21, 2010
Talk about identity confusion. Gay marriage hasn't even been legalized in Maryland, but already it has state Del. Emmett Burns struggling to sort something out: When it comes to homosexual couples, Burns wants to know, who wears the pants in the family? Rob Gutro, a gay Marylander who married his longtime partner in Connecticut last June, called Burns the other day after reading about a bill the delegate has sponsored that would prohibit Maryland from recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere.
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By Josh Mooney | September 27, 1991
THE DOORSLive Home Video$92.95No less an important critic than Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek was not happy -- not in the least -- with the way director Oliver Stone portrayed his band in this big-budget return to the '60s. If he'd been dismayed at the way he was portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan, or by the general dullness of the film, he would have had a point. But Mr. Manzarek's complaint was with Mr. Stone's depiction of the Door frontman Jim Morrison, rock deity, worldwide cult hero and all-around crazy man genius.
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By Robert Cross and Robert Cross,Chicago Tribune | April 1, 2007
LYON, FRANCE // On that famous restaurant byway, rue Merciere, servers were putting chairs on tabletops and sweeping up crumbs. On that famous restaurant byway, rue Merciere, servers were putting chairs on tabletops and sweeping up crumbs. I had arrived in this gourmand paradise far too late for dinner. Feeling hungry and desperate, I headed for a neon sign that proclaimed, "Pizzas Rock." At first glance, the place reminded me of Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks" diner, albeit with a French twist.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | March 3, 1991
There has always been a certain amount of truth to the show biz gag that "death makes a great career move." Particularly in rock and roll, where the tradition of adoring dead singers dates back to 1954 and Johnny Ace; from Buddy Holly to Otis Redding to Stevie Ray Vaughan, it's hard to think of a star whose recordings didn't suddenly sell better after his ascent to heaven.But has there ever been a case of death worship quite like the cult of Jim Morrison and the Doors?By 1971, when Morrison died at 27 of heart failure, the Doors were pretty much finished as pop idols.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 29, 2005
HOLLYWOOD - Cheri Woods is no fan of the Doors. Jim Morrison's band was too dark, too druggy. "No, I'm an Elvis nut." Still, Woods has been on a crash course in all things Doors that has included hours of research and even a seance since taking over the two-bedroom Morrison Hotel. "It's $200 a night," Woods chirps, "or $1,000 for a week." She bought the place in late 2003 for $700,000 and only after the transaction was under way did she learn of its rock history. "This is internationally recognized as the last known U.S. residence of Jim Morrison," Woods said of the upstairs rear unit, actually the home of girlfriend Pamela Courson.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | January 21, 2010
Talk about identity confusion. Gay marriage hasn't even been legalized in Maryland, but already it has state Del. Emmett Burns struggling to sort something out: When it comes to homosexual couples, Burns wants to know, who wears the pants in the family? Rob Gutro, a gay Marylander who married his longtime partner in Connecticut last June, called Burns the other day after reading about a bill the delegate has sponsored that would prohibit Maryland from recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere.
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By Jane Sumner and Jane Sumner,Dallas Morning News | May 30, 1991
Somewhere there's a man who should thank his lucky stars for Marlene Stewart's sense of humor. He's the bozo who told the "JFK" costume designer: " 'The Doors' must have been an easy movie to do. Everyone just wore their own clothes.""I could have killed him," says the designer whose costume credits include all of Madonna's music videos and tours since 1984, as well as the principal costumes for "The Doors," and overseeing the garb of up to 20,000 extras.And yes, Ms. Stewart was in the center of the celebrated Jim Morrison leather pants issue.
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By Los Angeles Times | June 13, 2004
If members of the Woodstock generation don't already feel like museum pieces, this week they they'll have a new reason to do so. On Saturday, the New York State Museum in Albany will unveil a 35th anniversary exhibition exploring the celebrated "three days of peace, love and music" that took place in and around Woodstock, N.Y., in August 1969. The centerpiece will be "Spirit of the Woodstock Generation: The Photographs of Elliott Landy," featuring images captured by one of the festival's two official photographers.
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October 20, 2000
Nearly perfect autumn weather - a mix of clouds and sun, with temperatures reaching the 70s - is expected today as Downs Park holds its annual outdoor fall crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "With lots of food, fun and shopping for the entire family, the day is sure to be a delight," said Park Ranger Stacey Bishop. More than 80 crafts exhibitors are expected to participate, setting up tables along park paths overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The event also will include children's activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a costume contest for youngsters at 1 p.m. No rain date has been set for the crafts fair.
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May 25, 2005
Moves Auto racing DALE EARNHARDT INC.: Fired crew chief Pete Rondeau of No. 8 NASCAR Nextel Cup series Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Named Steve Hmiel interim crew chief. Baseball ANGELS: Optioned P Kevin Gregg to Triple-A Salt Lake. Recalled P Chris Bootcheck from Salt Lake. BLUE JAYS: Placed OF Frank Catalanotto on bereavement list. Recalled OF Gabe Gross from Triple-A Syracuse. Activated former Orioles C Gregg Zaun from 15-day DL. Sent C Andy Dominique outright to Syracuse.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | May 15, 2005
When bands lose a musician, it's like losing an arm. But when a singer departs - either because he or she stormed off in a huff, got thrown out, or, in the worst-case scenario, shook off this mortal coil - it's like losing a head. Prosthetics can give you a new arm. But how many head transplants have you heard about, beyond those in really bad sci-fi movies? Replacing a signature singer is a daunting task, but that hasn't stopped lots of big-name bands from trying to pull off this ultimate makeover.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 29, 2005
HOLLYWOOD - Cheri Woods is no fan of the Doors. Jim Morrison's band was too dark, too druggy. "No, I'm an Elvis nut." Still, Woods has been on a crash course in all things Doors that has included hours of research and even a seance since taking over the two-bedroom Morrison Hotel. "It's $200 a night," Woods chirps, "or $1,000 for a week." She bought the place in late 2003 for $700,000 and only after the transaction was under way did she learn of its rock history. "This is internationally recognized as the last known U.S. residence of Jim Morrison," Woods said of the upstairs rear unit, actually the home of girlfriend Pamela Courson.
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By Los Angeles Times | June 13, 2004
If members of the Woodstock generation don't already feel like museum pieces, this week they they'll have a new reason to do so. On Saturday, the New York State Museum in Albany will unveil a 35th anniversary exhibition exploring the celebrated "three days of peace, love and music" that took place in and around Woodstock, N.Y., in August 1969. The centerpiece will be "Spirit of the Woodstock Generation: The Photographs of Elliott Landy," featuring images captured by one of the festival's two official photographers.
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October 20, 2000
Nearly perfect autumn weather - a mix of clouds and sun, with temperatures reaching the 70s - is expected today as Downs Park holds its annual outdoor fall crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "With lots of food, fun and shopping for the entire family, the day is sure to be a delight," said Park Ranger Stacey Bishop. More than 80 crafts exhibitors are expected to participate, setting up tables along park paths overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The event also will include children's activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a costume contest for youngsters at 1 p.m. No rain date has been set for the crafts fair.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 17, 1999
LAUREL -- In the 1940s and '50s, Mount St. Joseph ruled the local hockey scene, winning the old Maryland Scholastic Association conference title year after year.It had been over 40 years since local private schools crowned a champion, but in yesterday's conclusion to the first-ever Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference finals, it seemed little had changed.Jim Morrison (two goals, one assist) and freshman Adam Levine (goal, assist) led Mount St. Joe to a 5-2 win over Loyola at the Gardens Ice House, giving the Gaels a 2-0 series victory in the first season of varsity competition.
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By Los Angeles Times | September 27, 1990
HOLLYWOOD -- Janis Joplin got the feature-film treatment in the fictionalized "The Rose" (1979). Jim Morrison's life will be dramatized in Oliver Stone's upcoming movie about The Doors. But a feature film about legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix -- who died in 1970 at 27 -- is still without voltage.Alan Douglas, who supervises the production of the Hendrix music catalogs and related merchandising (including the upcoming concert video of Hendrix's last major concert at the Isle of Wight Festival)
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | May 15, 2005
When bands lose a musician, it's like losing an arm. But when a singer departs - either because he or she stormed off in a huff, got thrown out, or, in the worst-case scenario, shook off this mortal coil - it's like losing a head. Prosthetics can give you a new arm. But how many head transplants have you heard about, beyond those in really bad sci-fi movies? Replacing a signature singer is a daunting task, but that hasn't stopped lots of big-name bands from trying to pull off this ultimate makeover.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | December 10, 1993
There's a famous New Yorker cartoon where a prosperous businessman lies on his deathbed and his last words to his wife are, "Martha, whatever you do . . . don't sell Xerox." That's pretty much the aesthetic of two lame sequels that both arrive today: "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" and "Wayne's World 2." Whatever they do ---- and it isn't much -- they don't sell Xerox.In other words, each clings desperately to the franchise and offers the minimal pleasure of the premise. Each, diluted and dim, nevertheless somehow pays off.Of the two, "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" is most likely to be confused with an actual movie.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | February 19, 1993
Decades refuse to come neatly wrapped. They're not like us -- slaves to some calendar. As an example, the '50s -- our longest decade -- began immediately after World War II and didn't end until Kennedy was killed. That was an 18-year decade.The '80s began boldly with Reagan and Al Franken and slunk from sight along with Bush and Millie. Dead at age 12.Clinton's election marked the beginning of the '90s. The decade is your basic unwritten page. We've got a lot of blanks to fill in. All we know so far is that it won't be the Zoe Baird Decade.
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