PUBLISHED INTERVIEWS

Note: Publications are listed by date of original interview.

Quicklist:

1966
Don Paulsen
1967
Gregory Shaw
Paul Williams
Judith Sims
Don Paulsen
Bonnie Margolis
Emmett Lake
Paul Nelson
Jeff Cox
Don Paulsen
Jeffrey Alexander
Jane Scott
Mike Masterson
Deana Lawrence
Michael Oberman
M. Malicoat/P. Bauer
Fred Powledge
1968
Richard Goldstein
Digby Diehl
Judith Sims
Don Paulsen
Art Kane
Jerry Hopkins
Bob Rose
Jacoba Atlas
John Carpenter
Ellen Sander
Lon Goddard
Mike Grant
Richard Green
Nick Logan
Unknown #1
Unknown #2
Unknown #3
Tony Glover
Unknown #4
Michael Lydon
1969
Unknown #5
Patricia Kennealy
Jerry Hopkins
James Spurlock
Carlos Baca
Ed Leimbacher
Hank Zevallos
Jack Batten
1970
Dave Marsh
Hank Zevallos
Lizze James
Unknown #6
Michael Cuscuna
Bob Grover
Michael Oberman
Unknown #7
Unknown #8
John Tobler
Salli Stevenson
Lynne Randell
Bob Chorush
1971
Ben Fong-Torres

SELF-INTERVIEW By Jim Morrison:

"I think the interview is the new art form. I think the self-interview is the essence of creativity. Asking yourself questions and trying to find answers. The writer is just answering a series of unuttered questions.

It's similar to answering questions on a witness stand. It's that strange area where you try and pin down something that happened in the past and try honestly to remember what you were trying to do. It's a crucial mental exercise. An interview will often give you a chance to confront your mind with questions, which to me is what art is all about. An interview also gives you the chance to try and eliminate all of those space fillers... you should try to be explicit, accurate, to the point... no bulshit. The interview form has antecedents in the confession box, debating and cross-examination. Once you say something, you can't really retract it. It's too late. It's a very existential moment.

I'm kind of hooked to the game of art and literature; my heroes are artists and writers.

I always wanted to write, but I always figured it'd be no good unless somehow the hand just took the pen and started moving without me really having anything to do with it. Like automatic writing. But it just never happened.

I wrote a few poems, of course. I think around the fifth or sixth grade I wrote a poem called "The Pony Express." That was the first I can remember. It was one of those ballad-type poems. I never could get it together though.

"Horse Latitudes" I wrote when I was in high school. I kept a lot of notebooks through high school and college, and then when I left school, for some dumb reason- maybe it was wise- I threw them all away... I wrote in those books night after night. But maybe if I'd never thrown them away, I'd never have written anything original- because they were mainly accumulations of things that I'd read or heard, like quotes from books. I think if I'd never gotten rid of them I'd never been free.

Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.

...And that's why poetry appeals to me so much- because it's so eternal. As long as there are people, they can remember words and combinations of words. Nothing else can survive a holocaust but poetry and songs. No one can remember an entire novel. No one can describe a film, a piece of sculpture, a painting, but so long as there are human beings, songs and poetry can continue.

If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver poeple from the limited ways in which they see and feel."

Jim Morrison
Los Angeles, 1969-71

(Copyright © Jim Morrison; From 'Wilderness: The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison Vol. 1')

1966


DON PAULSEN

Publication: Hit Parader
Issue: No. 34
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - November 1966
Publish Date: April 1967
Interview Location: Ondine, New York

Info:
This is the first known nationally printed article about The Doors. Written by Don Paulsen in 1966, this article was not actually published until April 1967 in an issue of 'Hit Parader' magazine. The article features quotes from The Doors taken from November 1966 while the band is performing at the Ondine in New York. The Doors talk about the Whisky A Go Go, signing with Elektra, and the origins of the group's name. Don Paulsen is editor and photographer for 'Hit Parader' magazine at the time, and conducted multiple interviews with The Doors in New York from 1966 to 1968. Don Paulsen is also given a pre-release copy of The Doors first album on tape, and highly recommends it to the readers.


1967


GREGORY SHAW

Publication: Mojo Navigator
Issue: Vol 2. No. 2
Interview Date: Early March 1967
Publish Date: August 1967
Interview Location: Unknown Location

Info:
This interview with The Doors by Gregory Shaw is published in 'Mojo Navigator' in August, 1967, and was conducted in early March while The Doors are in San Francisco to perform a number of shows at The Matrix. The Doors discuss what it's like to perform in the different cities, and compare the audiences between the east and west coast, L.A and San Francisco. Also discussed is the first album and its current success, music and various musician. The length of this published interview indicates that it may have been recorded.



PAUL WILLIAMS

Publication: Crawdaddy! Magazine
Issue: No. 10
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - March 1967
Publish Date: August 1967
Interview Location: Unknown Location

Info:
An interview with Paul Rothchild discussing The Doors, by Paul Williams, editor of Crawdaddy Magazine. This interview is said to have been conducted in March 1967, and is later published in the August issue. In 1969, portions of this interview are published in Paul Williams' book 'Outlaw Blues: A Book of Rock Music'. A recording of this interview is also known.



JUDITH SIMS

Publication: TeenSet
Issue: June 1967
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - April 1967
Publish Date: June 1967
Interview Location: Los Angeles

Info:
Editor of 'TeenSet' magazine Judith Sims conducts The Doors first official interview since the release of their first album. Upon returning from New York, The Doors are slightly nervous on this occasion due to the scheduled sit-down with pad and paper. The band talks about their early musical training and influences, UCLA filmmaking, and where they're from. Also included in this article are photographs from The Doors 1966 photo session with Gene Trindl. This issue also appears to have been published with a regional variant, and Judith interviews Jim Morrison again for TeenSet in 1968.



DON PAULSEN

Publication: Hit Parader
Issue: No. 44
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Late June 1967
Publish Date: February 1968
Interview Location: The Scene, New York

Info:
Another interview by Don Paulsen for 'Hit Parader' magazine. Not published until 1968, this issue features a Q&A with Ray, Robby and John. The exact date of this interview is unknown, but appears to have taken place sometime in late June 1967. This interview article is accompanied by photographs taken by Don Paulsen at 'The Scene' and the 'Village Theater' in June 1967.



BONNIE MARGOLIS

Publication: Discoscene Magazine
Issue: September 1967
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Late June 1967
Publish Date: September 1967
Interview Location: Steve Paul's 'The Scene' - NY

Info:
An interview with The Doors by Bonnie Margolis at Steve Paul's 'The Scene' on an unknown date in late June, 1967. A week or two prior, 16 year-old Bonnie meets Jim Morrison while The Doors are in Philadelphia for a concert at Town Hall. On this occasion, Jim Morrison buys Bonnie her very first alcoholic drink, a vodka screwdriver. Accompanied by photographer Bob Fuentes, this article was first published in the September 1967 issue of 'Discoscene' magazine. The article, titled 'Watch The Doors Please', is re-featured in regional variants of this magazine such as 'WAPE Scene', distributed by WAPE Radio in Jacksonville, FL. A special thanks to Bonnie Margolis for providing history and background information on this interview!



EMMETT LAKE

Publication: East Village Other
Issue: Unknown
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Late June 1967
Publish Date: September 15th - 1967
Interview Location: Unknown Location - NY

Info:
This 1967 interview of The Doors by Emmett Lake was published in the 'East Village Other', and appears to have been conducted in late June, 1967 while the band is performing at Steve Paul's 'The Scene'. Jim Morrison is not present during this interview.



PAUL NELSON

Publication: Hullabaloo
Issue: July-August 1967
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Late June 1967
Publish Date: July-August 1967
Interview Location: Unknown Location - NY

Info:
An interview by Paul Nelson with all four of The Doors for 'Hullabaloo' magazine published in the July-August 1967 issue. The band discusses musical influences and The Doors philosophy.



JEFF COX

Publication: (Associated Press)
Issue: September 19th
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Late June 1967
Publish Date: September 19th - 1967
Interview Location: Steve Paul's 'The Scene' - NY

Info:
This interview by Jeff Cox may have taken place with the entire band at Steve Paul's 'The Scene' in New York City. Only Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek are quoted. The article is published in various newspapers across the U.S.



DON PAULSEN

Publication: Hit Parader
Issue: No. 39/No. 40
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - 1967
Publish Date: September/October 1967
Interview Location: Unknown, New York

Info:
This third interview publication by Don Paulsen for Hit Parader, titled 'The Doors Are Different', was spread over two issues of the magazine. All four of The Doors are quoted extensively in this report, discussing music origins, personal backgrounds, and more.



JEFFREY ALEXANDER

Publication: Harvard Crimson
Issue: October 13th
Interview Date: August 28th - 1967
Publish Date: October 13th - 1967
Interview Location: The Doors Office - CA

Info:
This interview with the entire band by Jeffrey Alexander took place at The Doors office on August 28th, 1967 and was published in the Harvard Crimson in October. Jim Morrison apologizes for the lateness of the rest of the band, explaining to Jeffrey that The Doors played a late show at the Cheetah the night before. Click HERE to read this article!


JANE SCOTT

Publication: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Issue: September 15th
Interview Date: September 14th - 1967
Publish Date: September 15th - 1967
Interview Location: Backstage Musicarnival - Warrensville, OH

Info:
This backstage Q&A with Jim Morrison is conducted by journalist Jane Scott during Musicarnival in Warrensville, Ohio on September 14th, 1967, and published in the 'Cleveland Plain Dealer' the following day.



MIKE MASTERSON

Publication: KRLA Beat
Issue: October 7th - 1967
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - September 1967
Publish Date: October 7th - 1967
Interview Location: Exact Location Unknown

Info:
The Doors are quoted in the October 7th issue of KRLA Beat from an interview with the article's author, Mike Masterson. The Doors discuss their philosophy, early and present musical influences, favorite tracks from their own albums, and other aspects of the band. This interview was likely conducted in September 1967.



DEANA LAWRENCE

Publication: Song Hits
Issue: May - 1968
Interview Date: November 24th - 1967
Publish Date: May - 1968
Interview Location: Hunter College

Info:
In between performances at Hunter College in 1967, Jim Morrison is briefly interviewed by teenager Deana Lawrence for a regular feature in Song Hits magazine titled 'My Beautiful Experience'. Jim is portrayed in a light mood and very accomodating to the young interviewer who is star struck for the meeting.



MICHAEL OBERMAN

Publication: Washington Star
Issue: November 18th
Interview Date: Unknown
Publish Date: November 18th - 1967
Interview Location: Exact Locations Unknown

Info:
This phone-call interview between The Doors and Michael Oberman took place on an unknown date in 1967 for The Doors upcoming performance at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The article is published in the November 18th edition of the Washington Star. This phone call was not recorded. Michael Oberman conducts another interview backstage at the Philadelphia Spectrum in 1970.

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MARK MALICOAT & PETER BAUER

Publication: Teen Datebook
Issue: April 1968
Interview Date: December 2nd - 1967
Publish Date: April 1968
Interview Location: Portland Memorial Coliseum

Info:
High school students Mark Malicoat and Peter Bauer conduct a backstage Q&A with Jim Morrison following The Doors performance at the Portland Memorial Coliseum on December 2nd, 1967. The students recorded this interview as well as the concert, however the tape is now lost. Jim discusses the reasons why certain songs weren't performed, and why the show was cut short.



FRED POWLEDGE

Publication: LIFE Magazine
Issue: April 12 - 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Early December 1967
Publish Date: April 12 - 1968
Interview Location: Exact Location Unknown - NY

Info:
This interview with The Doors conducted by Fred Powledge was incorporated into a popular article written about Jim Morrison's arrest in New Haven, in the April 12th, 1968 issue of LIFE Magazine. Also are interviewed at Elektra Records in New York are Jac Holzman and producers Paul Rothchild and Peter Siegel. The interviews appear to have taken place in December 1967, shortly before The Doors performance in Troy, NY on December 8th. This article was printed in LIFE with two different covers due to the unexpected death of Martin Luther King.



INSIDE:

1968


RICHARD GOLDSTEIN

Publication: New York Magazine
Issue: Aug. 5th - 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - March 1968
Publish Date: August 5th - 1968
Interview Location: T.T.G. Studios - Hollywood, CA

Info:
This interview by Richard Goldstein was published in New York Magazine in August, 1968. The original date of this interview is unknown, however it appears to have taken place in March, 1968 as The Doors record 'Five To One' in the studio. Richard Goldstein mentions the use of a tape recorder, however the whereabouts of the tape are unknown.



DIGBY DIEHL

Publication: Eye Magazine
Issue: April 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - March 1968
Publish Date: April 1968
Interview Location: Unknown Location

Info:
This magazine article by Digby Diehl features quotations taken from an interview with The Doors in March 1968 for Eye Magazine. The band members discuss their latest happenings and previous histories, and Jim Morrison attempts to explain the meaning of the 'Blue Bus'. This interview is said to have been recorded.



JUDITH SIMS

Publication: TeenSet
Issue: June 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - April 1968
Publish Date: June 1968
Interview Location: Los Angeles

Info:
Judith Sims conducts another interview for TeenSet with Jim Morrison at Olivia's Place, better known to fans of The Doors as the 'Soul Kitchen'. Jim discusses his poetry, and the progress made on the new album over a meal of liver and onions. The article titled 'An Afternoon With Jim Morrison' is later published in the June 1968 issue, now a highly collectible magazine due to Jim Morrison's appearance on the cover and an article featuring what may be the earliest known publication of Paul Ferrara's iconic 'Griffith Observatory' photographs.



DON PAULSEN

Publication: Hit Parader
Issue: May 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - April 1968
Publish Date: May 1968
Interview Location: Unknown Location

Info:
This article titled 'The Doors Talk Music' features another interview by Don Paulsen with Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger & John Densmore. Jim Morrison does not appear to be present. The band answers questions about their instruments, and discuss aspects of studio recording sessions. Don Paulsen is also a noted photographer of The Doors live performances, including Steve Paul's 'The Scene' in N.Y.C., and the Ondine.



ART KANE

Publication: LIFE Magazine
Issue: June 28th - 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Early May 1968
Publish Date: June 28th - 1968
Interview Location: Unknown Location

Info:
Photographer Art Kane photographs Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood in early May 1968 for LIFE Magazine. This photo session produced the iconic shot of Jim Morrison behind the TV set in a hotel room closet. Included in this brief two page pictorial are unique quotes from Jim Morrison, such as "TV is both beautiful and malignant, restricting reality to a small gray tube - we are spectators - metamorphosized from a mad body dancing on the hillside to a pair of eyes staring in the dark." Information on photo prints are available in our Marketplace section!



JERRY HOPKINS

Publication: Open City
Issue: June 28th
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - May 1968
Publish Date: June 28th - 1968
Interview Location: Unknown Location - Los Angeles, CA

Info:
In this interview, Jim Morrison discusses the failed attempt to record 'The Celebration Of The Lizard' during the 'Waiting For The Sun' studio sessions, and other aspects of their latest album. This interview was conducted by Jerry Hopkins for 'Open City' magazine a year prior to his in-depth interview for Rolling Stone in 1969.



BOB ROSE

Publication: (Associated Press)
Issue: June 2nd - 1967
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - May 1968
Publish Date: June 2nd - 1968
Interview Location: 'The Doors' Office - Hollywood, CA

Info:
Bob Rose interviews Jim Morrison at The Doors office as it's under renovations to make room for Paul Ferrara's new workspace. The article is published in various newspapers across the U.S.



JACOBA ATLAS

Publication: Hullabaloo Magazine
Issue: Three Issues - October > November > December 1968
Interview Date: June - 1968
Publish Date: October 1968 pt1 - November 1968 pt2 - December 1968 pt3
Interview Location: T.T.G. Studios - Hollywood, CA

Info:
An interview with Jim Morrison & The Doors by Jacoba Atlas in June, 1968 and published over three issues of 'Hullabaloo' magazine. These publications feature numerous photographs taken by various different photographers. The complete interview is available for reading on http://thedoors.com!



JOHN CARPENTER

Publication: Los Angeles Free Press
Issue: July 19 - 25
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Mid July 1968
Publish Date: July 19 - 25 Issue, 1968
Interview Location: The Phone Booth - Hollywood, CA

Info:
This interview with Jim Morrison is recorded in June or early July, 1968 by John Carpenter, journalist for the Los Angeles Free Press. Prior to its publication, transcripts of a recording are sent to Jim for approval. He requests further clarification from Pamela Courson and extensive portions are removed. This interview is published in the Los Angeles Free Press pullout feature for the week of July 19th-25th.



ELLEN SANDER

Publication: Hit Parader
Issue: November 1969
Interview Date: Mixed Dates - 1968/1969
Publish Date: November - 1969
Interview Location: Singer Bowl, Madison Square Garden - New York, N.Y.

Info:
This lengthy article by Ellen Sander, who would later become Jac Holzman's wife, is a mixed report of quotes and thoughts on The Doors conducted during her exclusive backstage access to the band during their performances in New York in August 1968 at the Singer Bowl. This article also features memoirs of the Madison Square Garden performances in 1969 and Jim Morrison at the Plaza Hotel in New York. The article also features a rare publication of quotes from 'Feast of Friends' filmmaker Paul Ferrara, and sound engineer Babe Hill.



LON GODDARD

Publication: Record Mirror
Issue: Week ending September 14th - 1968
Interview Date: September 4th - 1968
Publish Date: September - 1968
Interview Location: I.C.A. Gallery - London, U.K.

Info:
Various photographers, writers, and journalists attend the press conference held at the I.C.A. Gallery in London, England on September 4th, 1968. Lon Goddard, reporting for Record Mirror, attends the event and publishes his interview with Ray Manzarek in the week ending September 14th issue, featuring a photograph by Alan Messer, and a caricature of Ray designed by Lon. Ray can be seen and heard speaking to Lon in Granada Television's 'The Doors Are Open'.

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A Special Thanks to Lon Goddard for contributing his original article to MildEquator.com!


MIKE GRANT

Publication: Rave! Magazine
Issue: December 1968
Interview Date: September 4th - 1968
Publish Date: December - 1968
Interview Location: I.C.A. Gallery - London, U.K.

Info:
Mike Grant is amongst the press at the I.C.A. Gallery and is given a chance to ask Jim Morrison a number of questions. Richard Green, the interviewer following Mike, is ridiculed by Jim.



RICHARD GREEN

Publication: New Musical Express
Issue: April 25th - 1970
Interview Date: September 4th - 1968
Publish Date: April 25th - 1970
Interview Location: I.C.A. Gallery - London, U.K.

Info:
Richard Green follows Mike Grant at the I.C.A. Gallery with a failed attempt to ask Jim Morrison about a comparison with Mick Jagger. This short interview does not appear to have been published until April 1970 in the 'New Musical Express'.



NICK LOGAN

Publication: New Musical Express/Hit Parader
Issue: September 21st - 1968 (NME)/April 1969 (HP)
Interview Date: September 4th - 1968
Publish Date: September 21st - 1968 / April - 1969
Interview Location: I.C.A. Gallery - London, U.K./Unknown

Info:
Nick Logan attended the press conference at the I.C.A. Gallery, however his interview may not have taken place until a short time after. Jim Morrison discusses his musical influences in an article titled 'Elvis Influenced Doors' Jim', published on September 21st, 1968. A second article titled 'You Can't Divorce Sex From Pop' is published on October 19th. A third publication is printed in 'Hit Parader' magazine in the April 1969 issue and features and interview material from Robby Krieger and notes about the Roundhouse performances.



UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER

Publication: Teen Screen Magazine
Issue: December - 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - September 1968
Publish Date: December - 1968
Interview Location: London, UK

Info:
This interview with Jim Morrison was conducted shortly after The Doors performances at The Roundhouse. Published in the December issue of 'Teen Screen' magazine, this article is titled 'Why I Hate Americans!'. When asked what tourist attractions he'd like to see in England, he mentions Stonehenge, bomb damage from the war, and Madame Tussaud's wax museum. He also compliments the audience at the Roundhouse, and discusses early musical influences such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, and Gene Vincent. This interview may have taken place at Jim and Pam's apartment at Eaton Square in London.



UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER

Publication: Beat Instrumental
Issue: October - 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - September 1968
Publish Date: October - 1968
Interview Location: London, UK

Info:
A Q&A with The Doors by an unknown interviewer in London, England in September 1968. Jim Morrison discusses the band's recent performances at the Roundhouse and comments on being "here in England".



UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER

Publication: Bravo Magazine
Issue: October - 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - September 1968
Publish Date: October - 1968
Interview Location: Frankfurt, DE

Info:
Another short Q&A with Jim Morrison is conducted by an unknown interviewer for Bravo Magazine. Jim is asked about the highlights of his career in which he replies the Fillmore East 1968 performances, and The End. This article is accompanied by photographs taken by Wolfgang Heilemann. Confirmation is still needed, but Jim may have been photographed during this interview with a tape recorder being used.



TONY GLOVER

Publication: Circus Magazine
Issue: Mar - Apr - May - Jun - Jul, 1969
Interview Date: November 10 - 1968
Publish Date: Mar-July 1969
Interview Location: Backstage Minneapolis Auditorium - Minneapolis, MN

Info:
Tony Glover interviews The Doors prior to their November 10th, 1968 performance at the Minneapolis Auditorium. This lengthy interview was published in Circus Magazine over 5 parts, the first in March 1969, and the 5th and final part in July 1969. Also included in the interview is Bill Siddons, and a mention of the fact that a tape recorder was not turned on until later in the interview.


UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER

Publication: Flip Magazine
Issue: December - 1968
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - November 1968
Publish Date: December - 1968
Interview Location: Unknown

Info:
Bill Siddons is interviewed by a staff member of 'Flip' magazine and the quotes are featured in the December 1968 issue. Bill positively profiles the band members, and mentions a recent meditation retreat by John and Robby.



MICHAEL LYDON

Publication: New York Times
Issue: January 19th
Interview Date: December 13-14 - 1968
Publish Date: January 19th - 1969
Interview Location: L.A. Forum - Los Angeles, CA

Info:
An interview with Jim Morrison by Michael Lydon conducted over two days during The Doors performance at the L.A. Forum in December 1968. Michael is stationed in San Francisco and interviews Jim on their return from rehearsals at The Forum in Los Angeles and backstage following the show. Portions of this interview are published in the January 19th edition of the New York Times, 5 days prior to The Doors performance at Madison Square Garden. This interview was not recorded.

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A Special Thanks to Michael Lydon for contributing his original article to MildEquator.com!

1969


UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER

Publication: Amusement Business
Issue: February 22nd - 1969
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Early 1969
Publish Date: February 22nd - 1969
Interview Location: Phone Call

Info:
This short interview took place over the phone with Bill Siddons for 'Amusement Business' magazine, a sub-publication by Billboard Magazine. Due to The Doors absence at the time of the call, Bill Siddons speaks for the band, and discusses different aspects of touring and business. The exact date of this interview is unknown, but it is published shortly before The Doors Miami concert with the title 'Doors Notorious Because They're White - Says Mgr.'



PATRICIA KENNEALY

Publication: Jazz & Pop Magazine
Issue: March 1969
Interview Date: January 25th - 1969
Publish Date: March - 1969
Interview Location: Hotel - New York, NY

Info:
This interview with Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger and John Densmore took place on January 25th, 1969 by editor of 'Jazz & Pop Magazine' Patricia Kennealy and was published in an article titled 'When The Music's Over' in March 1969.



JERRY HOPKINS

Publication: Rolling Stone
Issue: No. 38
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Early May 1969
Publish Date: July 26th - 1969
Interview Location: Various Locations - Los Angeles, CA

Info:
This interview was recorded over a period of about two weeks, including sessions in a Santa Monica Blvd. bar, The Doors office, going to and from the office of an agent both Jerry and Jim Morrison coincidentally shared, and concludes in the Elektra studio with a reading of Jim's poem 'The Death of Rock'. An article was later published in the July 26th issue of iconic rock magazine Rolling Stone, and featured Jim Morrison on the cover.



JAMES SPURLOCK

Publication: Chicago Daily News
Issue: June 16th
Interview Date: June 14th - 1969
Publish Date: June 16th - 1969
Interview Location: Backstage Chicago Auditorium Theatre - Chicago, IL

Info:
In between the early and late shows at the Chicago Auditorium Theatre in 1969, James Spurlock is granted an interview with Jim Morrison. Questions about Miami are not to be asked, and portions of the interview are published in the June 16th edition of the Chicago Daily News.


CARLOS BACA

Publication: Mexico Canta
Issue: October 1969
Interview Date: June 27th - 1969
Publish Date: October - 1969
Interview Location: Backstage Chicago Auditorium Theatre - Chicago, IL

Info:
This interview with Ray, Robby and John takes place at the Mexico International Airport by Carlos Baca upon The Doors arrival for the performances at The Forum. After being received at the airport, The Doors take a seat at the airport lounge and allow the local press to ask questions. Ray Manzarek explains to the interviewer that Jim Morrison has already arrived in Mexico prior. Carlos Baca recorded this interview and has confirmed that the tape is lost.



ED LEIMBACHER

Publication: Portland New Times Journal
Issue: Vol. 1 No. 4
Interview Date: July 27th - 1969
Publish Date: September 7th, 1970
Interview Location: Limousine - Woodinville, WA

Info:
A detailed account of this attempted interview with Jim Morrison was published in the September 7th, 1970 edition of the 'New Times Journal', and a follow-up was written in May 2007, further chronicling the event. Prior to The Doors performance at the Seattle Pop Festival, Jim Morrison and Gram Parsons are together in a limousine, and allow Ed Leimbacher inside. Jim Morrison is said to be very difficult during this interview, and although the event is recorded, the tape is now lost.



HANK ZEVALLOS

Publication: Poppin
Issue: Vol. 1 No. 5
Interview Date: July 31st - 1969
Publish Date: September 1969
Interview Location: Unknown Location - Los Angeles, CA

Info:
A portion of the complete interview with Jim Morrison is published in the September 1969 issue of 'Poppin' magazine. Hank Zevallos previously attended The Doors first of two shows at the Aquarius Theater, and later an after-party at Martoni's thrown by Elektra to celebrate the completion of what was intended to be their live album. Hank is then prompted to book an interview with Jim a week later at the Seattle Pop Festival, but ultimately reschedules for July 31st in Los Angeles. The published portion of this interview discusses the Aquarius Theater performances and Jim's thoughts on the Living Theater. He also mentions that he wouldn't mind trying some acting.



JACK BATTEN

Publication: Toronto Star
Issue: September 13th
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Early September 1969
Publish Date: September 13th - 1969
Interview Location: The Doors Office - CA

Info:
In early September 1969, Jack Batten travels from Toronto to The Doors office for a lengthy interview with Jim Morrison on the upcoming 'Toronto Rock n' Roll Revival' music festival. Jim is exhausted after an all-night mixing session for the soundtrack of HWY. The article is published on the day of The Doors performance in Toronto, September 13th.

"I was a freelance writer when I did the Jim Morrison piece for the Star, and I still am today. The Star asked me to go to Los Angeles to interview Morrison in advance of the festival, and since they were paying the expenses and not a bad fee, I agreed. I flew in late one afternoon, did the interview the following afternoon and flew home that night. I didn't use a tape recorder in those days (hardly any journalist did) and I didn't save the notes I made during the interview.

Leon wasn't a constant presence during the interview. I had a coffee with him before the interview at a cafe across the street, then he introduced me to JM, and after that, he was in and out of the office. I can't remember how long I had with Jim, but I recall he was in no rush about anything. He took one phone call while I was in the office. It was with a writer whose last name was McClure, if I remember correctly. Morrison was obliging, polite, good company and I left thinking he was very good guy. He said the band would likely be having a party after the concert in Toronto and he'd invite me to it. It would probably take place at the hotel where they were staying, which, I'm almost certain, was the Four Seasons. It was only a couple of blocks from the festival site at Varsity Stadium.

Then came the day of the festival. I believe it started at noon, scheduled to go until The Doors finished it around midnight. I'm quite sure I was there to write a review for The Star (I wouldn't have attended if I wasn't going to earn some money). So there was Little Richard, Yoko and John, Alice Cooper and so on. It went through the afternoon in the hot sun, then into the night. The press sat in a fenced-in section on the field right in front of the bandstand. Alice Cooper threw a live chicken into the audience. But the chicken didn't travel far, landing in the press section to general pandemonium.

My wife was with me for the latter part of the concert, and about an hour before The Doors came on, Morrison appeared with another guy at the side of the stage to watch whatever act was performing. I got the impression he was just sizing up things before he went on. He was dressed in jeans and a shirt, and nobody seemed to recognize him. I pointed him out to my wife who urged me to speak to him about the party. I was so tired by then that the last thing I wanted to do was go to a party, even if it was with Jim Morrison. I never spoke to Morrison nor attended a party (if it even took place), two failures that my wife--we're still married--mentions whenever the Morrison name comes up."

Jack Batten
Toronto, CA
Copyright © 2012 Jack Batten

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1970


DAVE MARSH

Publication: Creem
Issue: No. 10
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - January 1970
Publish Date: February 1970
Interview Location: Handwritten Questions - Detroit, MI > The Doors Office, CA

Info:
In January 1970, Dave Marsh submits handwritten questions to The Doors office for Jim Morrison to respond too. The published article appears in the February issue of Creem magazine.


HANK ZEVALLOS

Publication: Poppin Magazine
Issue: No. 9
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - February 1970
Publish Date: March 1970
Interview Location: Telephone Call - The Doors Office > Vancouver, Canada

Info:
This interview was published in 'Poppin' magazine in March, 1970. This issue was used to promote the 'Jim Morrison Film Festival' scheduled to take place on March 27th, 1970 in Vancouver and featured a promotional poster for the event. Jim Morrison is also scheduled to appear during this festival, but due to scheduling for the Phoenix trial, he would never attend. The exact date of this interview is unknown.


LIZZE JAMES

Publication: Creem
Issue: Summer 1981
Interview Date: Various Dates - April 14th - 1970
Publish Date: Summer 1981
Interview Location: La Cienega Boulevard - Los Angeles, CA

Info:
Lizze James met with Jim Morrison on numerous occasions, however at the time of this 'interview', it was not scheduled to be published or documented. Later in 1981, a lengthy review of her time spent with Jim appears in a summer issue of Creem magazine. Portions of her transcripts are also available in the 'The Doors: The Illustrated History' by Danny Sugerman. There is heavy speculation that 'Lizze James' may actually be Danny Sugerman himself.



UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER

Publication: Melody Maker
Issue: May 2nd - 1970
Interview Date: April 13th - 1970
Publish Date: May 2nd - 1970
Interview Location: The Doors Office

Info:
This interview was conducted at The Doors office with Jim Morrison by a staff member of Melody Maker magazine on April 13th, 1970. Leon Barnard permits the interview and remains present while Jim Morrison discusses performing on-stage at the Whisky A Go Go with Eric Burdon, and other subjects such as his original UCLA student film which he claims was titled 'A Feast Of Friends', and what he thinks of the film 'Zabriskie Point'.


MICHAEL CUSCUNA

Publication: Down Beat
Issue: Vol. 11 No. 37
Interview Date: May 1st - 1970
Publish Date: May 28th - 1970
Interview Location: Philadelphia Hotel Room - Philadelphia, PA

Info:
This interview by Michael Cuscuna took place in Jim Morrison's hotel room prior to The Doors performance at the Spectrum in Philadelphia in 1970. The article is later published in the May 28th edition of Down Beat Magazine, and includes a review of the show. During this interview, Michael is given a copy of Jim Morrison's private publication, 'The New Creatures'.



BOB GROVER

Publication: Baltimore Sun
Issue: May 10th - 1970
Interview Date: May 1st - 1970
Publish Date: May 10th - 1970
Interview Location: Exact Location Unknown - Philadelphia, PA

Info:
Journalist for the Baltimore Sun, Bob Grover, conducts a short interview with Jim Morrison backstage at the Philadelphia Spectrum following The Doors performance there on May 1st, 1970. Jim Morrison and bodyguard Tony Funches are quoted in this article, set to be published on the date of The Doors show in Baltimore on May 10th. Tony talks about his work in handling the fans who attempt to approach Jim Morrison. MildEquator.com is the proud host of a SHOWCASE item featuring comments from Bob Grover, his backstage pass, and the original Baltimore Sun article.



MICHAEL OBERMAN

Publication: Washington Star
Issue: May 9th
Interview Date: May 1st - 1970
Publish Date: May 9th - 1970
Interview Location: Philadelphia

Info:
A second interview with The Doors by Michael Oberman is conducted backstage at the Philadelphia Spectrum for the Washington Star in 1970, and published on May 9th. This interview was not recorded.

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UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER

Publication: Datebook
Issue: Vol. 7 No. 10 - September 1970
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - August 1970
Publish Date: September - 1970
Interview Location: Unknown

Info:
An interview with John Densmore is published in an article titled 'Behind The Doors', from in the September 1970 issue of 'Datebook' magazine. John discusses his own UCLA background, and aspects of performing with The Doors. This interview likely takes place in Miami during Jim Morrison's trial.



UNKNOWN INTERVIEWER

Publication: Rock
Issue: September 27th - 1970
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - mid-August
Publish Date: September 27th - 1970
Interview Location: Miami

Info:
Jim Morrison discusses the events unfolding during the Miami trial with an unknown interviewer from 'ROCK' magazine in mid August 1970. The article titled 'Apathy For The Devil', covers multiple dates of the trial and offers the interviewers opinions of the events taking place. The article is accompanied by a photograph from David Sobel.


JOHN TOBLER

Publication: ZigZag
Issue: No. 16
Interview Date: August 30th - 1970
Publish Date: October 1970
Interview Location: Isle Of Wight

Info:
This interview with Jim Morrison was conducted by John Tobler at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 30th, 1970, following The Doors performance the night before. A transcript of the interview is published in the October issue of 'ZigZag' magazine. Jim Morrison discusses various subjects including the future of music festivals, Woodstock, and The Doors performances at the Roundhouse in London in 1968. A recording of this interview was made, and is well known to collectors. Click HERE for more information on the recording.

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SALLI STEVENSON

Publication: Circus Magazine
Issue: Two Issues - January > February 1971
Interview Date: October 13th - 1970
Publish Date: January & February - 1971
Interview Location: The Doors Office - Los Angeles, CA

Info:
This interview with Jim Morrison by Salli Stevenson is conducted at the rear patio of The Doors office and later published over two issues of Circus Magazine - Jan 1971 & Feb 1971. Photographer Kurt Ingham is on hand, and a recording of this interview is made and later released on Bright Midnight Archive's 'The Lost Interview Tapes' Vol. 2



LYNNE RANDELL

Publication: Go-Set Magazine
Issue: November 28th, 1970
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - October 1970
Publish Date: November 28th, 1970
Interview Location: The Doors Office - Los Angeles, CA

Info:
Lynne Randell was an Australian performer who later married a record company executive, and after re-locating to the U.S., began interviewing rock stars throughout 1970 and 1971. In an interview with Jim Morrison, published in the November 28th, 1970 issue of Australian magazine Go-Set, Jim and Lynne discuss a supposed tour of Australia, the future of The Doors, and Jim Morrison's interest in making films. The article is accompanied by a contest exclusive for a chance to win one of four autographed poetry books, or one of twelve copies of 'Absolutely Live'.

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BOB CHORUSH

Publication: Los Angeles Free Press
Issue: January 15th
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - Early December 1970
Publish Date: January 15th - 1971
Interview Location: Various Locations - Los Angeles

Info:
Once thought to have been conducted in 1971, this recorded interview by Bob Chorush took place in early December, 1970 in various locations throughout Los Angeles. Elektra Records asked Bob repetitively to conduct an interview with Jim Morrison as he liked the articles written about him in the L.A. Free Press. The original article titled 'The Lizard King reforms: taking the snake and wearing it' is drafted over the holidays and submitted to the Free Press after New Year's and published on January 15th, 1971. Photographer Andrew Kent is also present during this interview, and numerous photographs from the event are featured in the article. MildEquator.com would like to give a very special thanks to Bob Chorush, who has since passed away, for further information regarding the history and date of this interview:

"The interview took place late in 1970, although I don't recall exactly when, but probably in early December 1970. Elektra Records had been bugging me for months to interview Morrison since he liked a couple of articles I had written in the Free Press about his arrests in Florida and some other Doors item. I was never a Doors fan and Jim had a horrible reputation in LA for acting like a drunk jerk, so I wasn't thrilled about doing the interview. I seem to recall working on it over the holidays and submitting it to the Freep after New Years. Since doing the interview, I have never listened to the tapes and don't plan to now, so I don't know what's on them. I do recall that I had a really cheap tape recorder and that the first tape was garbled. I didn't keep any notes from the interview or the original transcripts, which I would have used to write the interview."

                                                                                                                                      - Bob Chorush


1971


BEN FONG-TORRES

Publication: Rolling Stone No. 77
Interview Date: Exact Date Unknown - February 1971
Publish Date: March 4th - 1971
Interview Location: Diane Gardiner's Apartment - Los Angeles, CA

Info:
This unintentional interview with Jim Morrison by Ben Fong-Torres in early 1971 was published in the March 4th, 1971 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. An original recording of this interview features Pamela Courson in the background.