KEES NIJSEN IN ROTTERDAM 1972


Photographer Kees Nijsen shot an entire roll of film at De Doelen in Rotterdam on May 6th, 1972. We're incredibly pleased to feature Kees' photo set here on MildEquator.com!


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JOHN STANTON AT THE TYNDALL ARMORY


John Stanton At The Tyndall Armory

Contributed By: John Stanton

Photographer John Stanton attended the post-Morrison performance by The Doors at the Tyndall Armory on Jul. 22nd 1972. This is John's first concert as a married man, having recently been wedded to his wife Flo, and they are still married today. We are proud to feature John's photographs from the show, and his story to accompany them:
"The original photos faded, and survived a house fire in 1975, but I remember that concert so well - my wife Flo and I had been married just under a month, and this was the first concert we attended. We got in early, and wandered around the building - the Tyndall Armory - as we started up a stairway, Ray, Robbie and John came down - Ray was so gracious to us.

We enjoyed Dr. John and 'Flo and Eddie', but we were all there to see The Doors. As it says on this web site, they pulled the plug at eleven, just as their set was really getting going. There was a lot of anger in the crowd, and since Flo and I were close to the stage, I was getting worried about her safety - I was booing the 'curfew' business as well, but it seemed that the anger around us was working itself into rage. Ray talked directly to the crowd, told us that it wasn't worth getting hurt over - he just connected to us all, and I could feel the surge of anger just flatten out and wash away; he might have saved some lives that night.

At some point during 'Light My Fire', an eerie thing happened - it seemed as though Ray's voice morphed into or was joined by Jim Morrison's, at least for part of the song. Perhaps it was just the mood of that night, though I'm not the only one who heard it. At any rate, for such a short set, it was quite a memory. Both Rock God and the guy next door - Ray had such class."


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COLIN BEARD AT 'THE SCENE'


Colin Beard's The Scene Photography

Contributed By: Colin Beard

Australian photographer Colin Beard attended a performance by The Doors at 'The Scene' during their very first shows there in mid-June 1967, and brought along his camera without intention of photographing the band - he was brought to 'The Scene' to be introduced to Linda Eastman. These shots capture Jim Morrison in his striped pants and red sweater, and shortly after these performances, Jim Morrison acquires his first pair of leather pants and matching jacket. Colin Beard talks about that night at 'The Scene' with Linda Eastman and The Doors:

"Lilian wanted us to go to the 'The Scene' disco that was the all the rage in New York, particularly for those involved in the Pop scene. She also wanted me to meet a female 'Pop' photographer called Lyn Eastman. Lilian thought that Lyn and I, both being photographers, both involved in the Pop scene were bound to hit it off so she made a date for us to meet at the disco. On the way to 'The Scene' with Lily and Lilian, I learned that Lyn Eastman was the daughter of George Eastman, the Eastman-Kodak magnate which for some reason made me feel anxious. Perhaps it wasn't so surprising - I was on my way to a blind date with a girl who was not only conspicuous as a photographer in the biggest arena of all, but she possessed a family name that was synonymous with photography.

Lyn was already at the disco when we arrived, surrounded by friends or contacts, chattering breathlessly, hailing familiar people across the darkly lit floor. Lilian introduced me as "Australia's leading Pop photographer - been in London for four months - photographed absolutely every body, darling - 'The Stones', 'The Who'. Absolutely brilliant, darling - you two should have lots in common."

Lyn was a tall girl with a pale complexion and a thatch of blonde hair tied back like a bale of straw with a ribbon. It was noisy in the Disco, records playing full volume with boosted bass and people shouting ever louder to make themselves heard. It was not a good time to get to know a stranger. After the initial introduction, she barely looked at me again. I watched her eyes dart excitedly from person to person and her red painted lips like a caricatured puppet chatter silently and it all felt like an hallucination. I wandered off. I lost myself amid the bubbling disco lights and watched the people dancing.

Suddenly, the music stopped and the babbling voices seemed to dissolve into an unnatural silence which I initially suspected was the effects of the cannabis smoke that hovered pungently around my nose. There was an announcement over the PA system, but it made little sense to me but I noticed that clusters of people were sidling across the dance floor and sitting cross-legged in front of the low stage.

The lights went down until it was almost pitch black but I could make out dark shapes shuffle onto the stage. "Ladies and gentlemen - The Scene presents - the latest New York sensation - The Doors!". The shriek of the electric guitars pierced the darkness, bringing with it flashes of vibrant blue light. A lithe figure towered over me his snake-like hips strangely twisted and wrapped around the microphone stand:

You know that it would be untrue,
You know that I would be a liar,
If I was to say to you,
Girl we couldn't get much higher!

The singer's face was almost lost within a mass of dark curly hair flowing down to his shoulders and hidden behind the microphone which he hugged in both hands, caressing it to his lips like the face of woman he was about to kiss. I was conscious of the girl sitting beside me, her mouth agape and her chest heaving conspicuously. "Who is he?" I shouted to her.

She leaned over and yelled directly into my ear. "Jim Morrison - isn't he fabulous?" She began bouncing on her crossed legs and so did I. The singer had his arms around the microphone, fondling the long metal stand. He was astride it, rubbing himself against it, moaning to it, screaming at it with the ferocity of a man trying to release a passion too painful to bear. "Baby let me light your fire," he screamed through the microphone. The girl next to me was certainly on fire. She threw herself at me, flinging her arms around my head, hugging my face into her breasts and squeezing me like a tube of toothpaste. I could feel her groans reverberating inside her. "Let me set the world on fie-ere".

Jim Morrison left the stage as mysteriously as he had appeared, leaping into the adjoining darkness in two spectacular bounds. The audience screamed and stamped their feet in unison. "We want 'The Doors' - we want Jim - more, more, more." But they weren't getting more. Instead, a strange pale-faced man (Tiny Tim) trotted onto the vacated stage. His hair was long and hung carelessly about his face in ringlets, his nose long and beak-like and he carried a tiny ukulele under his arm. I watched as he leaned his long, awkward body towards the microphone, and plucked each string of his ukulele to check the tuning. The ukulele looked ridiculously toy-like within his large clumsy hands, but the cords rang out sonorously followed by a tuneless falsetto voice - "Tiptoe, through the tulips, through the tulips - come walk with me." Was this man serious?

"He turns up everywhere," the girl informed me. "He's a real joke - he follows all the top bands around and gets up on stage after them - always sings the same song."

The audience were jeering at him, mocking him, laughing at him - he did have courage or else a very thick skin.
I spent the rest of the evening at the disco dancing with the girl who had been set on fire. She was a strong looking girl, dark haired with the full lips and slightly lumpy cheek bones that suggested New York Jewish parentage. I didn't run into Lyn Eastman again that night."

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PETER SIMON'S CROSSTOWN BUS PHOTOGRAPHS


Peter Simon's Crosstown Bus Photographs

Contributed By: Peter Simon

At age 17, Peter Simon photographed Jim Morrison during a performance by The Doors at the short-lived Crosstown Bus in Brighton, MA in August 1967. Peter comments about the events that took place that night: "...there I was, just innocently shooting away....then Morrison started swaying around the mike and we thought he would fall. Instead, he threw up. Some of it came flying my way....and it got over my camera and lens. As I started rushing to the bathroom to clean it off, several fans stopped me and asked if I could "share" some of his puke. At that point I realized how crazed his fans really were! The rest of the night went without incident. The 'vomit' shot appears in my book, "I and Eye."

We'd like to give a very special thanks to Peter for contributing these rare and exclusive photographs to MildEquator.com! Click HERE to read more about these shows!

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PAGE HOPE'S PHOENIX PHOTOGRAPHS


Page Hope's Phoenix Photographs

Contributed By: Page Hope

Page Hope snapped these two photographs of The Doors at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on February 17th, 1968. Shot near the stage with a Kodak Brownie, these photos reveal aspects of The Doors performance in color. MildEquator.com would like to give a special thanks to Page for contributing her photographs to the site!



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MICHAEL PARRISH'S COW PALACE PHOTOGRAPHS


Michael Parrish's Cow Palace Photographs

Contributed By: Michael Parrish

On July 25th 1969, rock writer Michael Parrish attended The Doors performance at Bill Graham's legendary Cow Palace in San Francisco. Along with shots of Lonnie Mack and the Elvin Bishop Group, these rare photographs capture The Doors on film during a time when they were seldom seen in concert. MildEquator.com would like to give a special thanks to Michael for providing his photographs to the site! Be sure to check out Michael's blog for a great first-hand review of the show and more great photographs from the era!

Website: http://cryptdev.blogspot.com/


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ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER '67


Anaheim Convention Center '67

Photographer: Unknown

Image Courtesy of the Anaheim Public Library

Shot from behind the stage, this photograph captures The Doors in concert at the Anaheim Convention Center on July 15th, 1967. A special thanks to the Anaheim Public Library for providing this photograph to the site!



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BARRIE WENTZELL'S 'TOP OF THE POPS' PHOTOGRAPHY


Barrie Wentzell's 'Top Of The Pops' Photography

Contributed By: Barrie Wentzell

MildEquator is extremely proud to feature the unpublished photography of Barrie Wentzell, chief photographer of 'Melody Maker' from 1965 to 1975. A huge thanks to Barrie for providing these rare photos to the MildEquator site!

"The Doors were rehearsing for 'Top Of The Pops', England's longest running music television show. Later on as they were miming to playback of 'Hello I Love You', I remember thinking that I would always regret not having the courage to ask Jim and the boys if I could shoot more pictures but Jim looked mean that day and I though it might have been uncool to ask. "

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Website: http://www.BarrieWentzell.com

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FRANK LISCIANDRO'S PUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHY


Frank Lisciandro's Photo Archive

Contributed By: Frank Lisciandro

MildEquator is proud to feature select photographs from Frank Liscandro's published archive! A special thanks to Frank Lisciandro for providing these photos to the MildEquator website. Please note that the images provided below are Copyright © Frank Lisciandro.

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Website: http://www.LisciandroPhotos.com



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Travel - 08/xx/1968


PBS Critique - 04/28-29/1969


Aquarius Theater - 07/21/1969

LARRY HULST'S SAN DIEGO CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHS


Larry Hulst's San Diego 70 Photography

Contributed By: Larry Hulst

Larry Hulst photographed The Doors in San Diego at the Sports Arena on August 22nd, 1970. 3 of those photos exist today. A special thanks to Larry Hulst for providing his photography to the MildEquator site.

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Website: http://www.HulstPhotography.com



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KEN MAYER'S BOSTON PHOTOGRAPHS


Ken Mayer's Boston Polaroids

Contributed By: Ken Mayer

In the early '70s, Ken Mayer moved into a small apartment in Boston. The place was bare except for a box of photographs left in the closet by the previous occupant. Destined for the trash, the photos were given one last look by Ken, where he recognized a drunken Jim Morrison performing in concert at the Boston Arena in 1970. He has kept them ever since. Thanks to Ken Mayer for providing his photographs to the MildEquator site.


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