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INTERVIEW RECORDINGSNote: Recordings are listed by date of original interview.
Recording Date: Exact Date Unknown - March 1967
Interview Location: Englewood, NJ
Publication: Crawdaddy! Magazine
An interview with Paul Rothchild discussing The Doors, by Paul Williams, editor of Crawdaddy! Magazine. This recording is said to have been made in Englewood, New Jersey on an unknown date in March, 1967. This interview is published in the August 1967 issue of Crawdaddy! and portions are later used in Paul Williams' 'Outlaw Blues: A Book of Rock Music', published in 1969.
Recording Date: Exact Date Unknown - July 28-30th - 1967
Interview Location: Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
A short interview with The Doors backstage at the Fillmore Auditorium in late July, 1967. The exact date of this recording is unknown. A portion of this interview may have been aired during a broadcast of The Doors 1968 performances in Stockholm, Sweden. A shortened segment of this interview is also available on The Doors official 'Ghost Song' CD Single.
MIKE LAZAR & STEVE FLESSER
Recording Date: September 11th - 1967
Interview Location: S.U.N.Y Oswego - Oswego, NY
Publication: Radio Broadcast
Recorded and intended for broadcast by Mike Lazar and Steve Flesser, this interview was never published and likely never broadcast on the radio. Features The Doors answering a series of questions shortly before their performance, and Bill Siddons is nearby. This recording also features unsuccessful attempts by Mike Lazar and Steve Flesser to record spoken radio promo's for the local S.U.N.Y Oswego AM station. This recording was officially released on Brigh Midnight's 'Lost Interview Tapes vol. 1'
Recording Date: October 21st - 1967
Interview Location: Broadmoor Drugstore - Colorado Springs, CO
Recorded on October 21st, 1967 at the Broadmoor Drugstore prior to The Doors performance at the Broadmoor Hotel. This brief interview was not intended, and the recording is no longer intact.
MARK MALICOAT & PETER BAUER
Recording Date: December 2nd - 1967
Interview Location: Holiday Inn - Portland
Publication: Teen Datebook - April 1968
This interview by high school students Mark Malicoat and Peter Bauer was conducted following The Doors performance at the Portland Memorial Coliseum on December 2nd, 1967 at the Holiday Inn. Jim Morrison explains why the show was halted before they finished performing, and recommends seeing The Doors in Los Angeles. An article is later written by the students for Teen Datebook magazine. A recording of the show is also made, however the tape featuring both the interview and concert is now lost.
Recording Date: March xx - 1968
Interview Location: Los Angeles, CA
Publication: Eye Magazine - April 1968
This interview by Digby Diehl is said to be recorded, and likely would have taken place in March 1968 while interviewing The Doors for the April 1968 issue of 'Eye' Magazine. Further details of this supposed recording are unknown.
Recording Date: March xx - 1968
Interview Location: T.T.G. Studios - Los Angeles, CA
Publication: New York Magazine - August 5th 1968
This interview by Richard Goldstein takes place during a studio session in 1968, a year before he conducts The Doors televised interview on 'Critique' in 1969. The article is published in August, 1968 for New York Magazine and mentions the use of a tape recorder. The whereabouts of this recording are unknown.
Recording Date: Summer - 1968
Interview Location: The Phone Booth - Hollywood, CA
Publication: The Los Angeles Free Press - July 19-25
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 the 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 for the week of July 19th-25th. The whereabouts of the original recording are unknown.
Recording Date: September xx - 1968
Interview Location: Europe
Publication: N/A - Unknown
For years, this interview recording was held by an employee of Granada Television although the identity of the original interviewer is unknown. Amongst other tapes, this recording was set to be thrown away. The interview was originally thought to be conducted by Geoffrey Cannon or Jo Durden-Smith during the production of Granada Television's 'The Doors Are Open', however the conductor's identify has not been confirmed as either individual. The contents of this recording feature Jim Morrison's comments on The Doors recent performances at the Roundhouse in London, 1968.
Recording Date: September 13th - 1968
Interview Location: Frankfurter Hof
Publication: Bravo Magazine
Jim Morrison is photographed by Gunter Zint during an interview with a journalist from 'Bravo' magazine at the 'Frankfurter Hof' in Germany. Portions of the interview are likely included in a published issue of 'Bravo', however details on the article and the whereabouts of this tape are unknown.
CHRISTIAN STING THOMSEN
Recording Date: September 18th - 1968
Interview Location: Copenhagen, DK
While in Copenhagen, Jim Morrison is photographed once more by Gunter Zint during a recorded interview with Christian Sting Thomsen. Portions of this recording were made available in Danish television broadcast in 2014, revealing the identity of the interviewer and contents of the tape.
Recording Date: September 19th - 1968
Interview Location: Hotel Appolonia - Stockholm, SE
This second interview recorded by Lennart Wretlind was conducted at the Hotel Appolonia in Stockholm, Sweden on September 19th, 1968. A portion of this recording features unique poetry read by Jim Morrison with improvised 'musical' accompaniment by the band.
Recording Date: November 10th - 1968
Interview Location: Backstage Minneapolis Auditorium - Minneapolis, MN
Publication: Circus Magazine - Mar - Apr - May - Jun - Jul, 1969
This interview by Tony Glover was conducted backstage at the Minneapolis Auditorium on November 10th, 1968. While the recording has not surfaced at the present date, it is indicated in the published articles in Circus Magazine that the tape recorder was not turned on for a couple of hours after the interview began.
Recording Date: May xx - 1969
Interview Location: Various Locations - Los Angeles, CA
Publication: Rolling Stone #38 - July 26th, 1969
This interview was recorded over a period of 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'. During this interview, Jim Morrison tells Jerry Hopkins he would like to read a book about Elvis. An article featuring the interview is published in Rolling Stone, however the whereabouts of the recording are unknown.
Recording Date: June 27th - 1969
Interview Location: Mexico City International Airport
Publication: Mexico Canta - October 1969
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. Published in Mexican magazine 'Mexico Canta', Carlos Baca recorded this interview and has confirmed that the tape is lost.
Recording Date: July 27th - 1969
Interview Location: Woodinville, WA
Publication: Portland New Times Journal - 1970
Jim Morrison is interviewed by Ed Leimbacher in a limousine prior to The Doors performance at the Seattle Pop Festival in 1969. Gram Parsons is also present during this unscheduled interview, and Jim Morrison is said to have been difficult to talk to, insisting that a recording can only be made if he is able to erase or re-record any segment he pleases. The recording likely no longer exists. This interview was published, and further details chronicling this interview with Jim Morrison have been posted by Ed Leimbacher HERE
Recording Date: November - 1969
Interview Location: The Doors Office - Los Angeles, CA
Publication: Village Voice
A one hour interview with Jim Morrison is recorded by Howard Smith for the 'Village Voice' in early November 1969. The exact date of this recording has yet to be confirmed. Jim Morrison mentions the rain on this date, and although some sources mention that it only rained in L.A. on November 6th, other sources indicate that it rained everyday for a week during this period. Jim Morrison discusses a painting of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Hyatt Regency hotel in Atlanta which featured glass elevators resembling "Victorian-era rocket ships" which can still be seen at the Hyatt in this YouTube video. This recording was independently released in late 2012 by the The Smith Tapes project.
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MICHAEL G. KAVANAUGH
Recording Date: Exact Date Unknown - April 1970
Interview Location: Telephone Call - Salt Lake City, UT > The Doors Rehearsal Space
Publication: Radio Broadcast
Length: Approx. 10:00
This phone-call interview with Robby Krieger was recorded by radio disc jockey Michael G. Kavanaugh prior to The Doors performance at the Salt Palace in April 1970, a show that would later be cancelled. This interview appears to have been intended for broadcast prior to the show, however the known recording is preserved on a broadcast special aired on KRSP in 1971.
Recording Date: August or September - 1970
Interview Location: Exact Location Unknown - Miami, FL
Publication: Radio Broadcast - CBC's Something To Say / The Times Now
This interview with Jim Morrison by Tony Thomas is said to be recorded on May 27th, 1970 for broadcast on CBC Toronto's radio special 'Something To Say', however it did not air until September 27th. A magazine publication from Coconut Grove known as 'The Times Now' appears to feature a printed version of this interview in its September 17th issue. Broadcast and publication dates lead to speculation that the recording was actually made in Miami during Jim Morrison's trial in August or early September 1970. The May 27th date may be the result of a poorly read or written date on a tape or reel, where a 9 was mistaken for a 5, pointing to the broadcast date. This recording is officially released on Bright Midnight's 'The Lost Interview Tapes' Vol. 1
Recording Date: August 30th - 1970
Interview Location: Isle Of Wight - UK
Publication: ZigZag Magazine - October 1970
This interview with Jim Morrison was conducted and recorded by John Tobler at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 30th, 1970, and later 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. The published issue of ZigZag Magazine is available for viewing HERE.
Recording Date: October 13th - 1970
Interview Location: The Doors Office - Los Angeles, CA
Publication: Circus Magazine - January/February - 1971
This interview with Jim Morrison by Salli Stevenson was recorded on October 13th, 1970 and is accompanied by color photographs taken by Kurt Ingham. The interview is published over two issues of Circus Magazine - Jan '71 & Feb '71. The original audio recording is officially released on Bright Midnight's 'The Lost Interview Tapes' Vol. 2
Recording Date: Early December - 1970
Interview Location: Various Locations - Los Angeles
Publication: Los Angeles Free Press - January 15th - 1971
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."
Recording Date: February xx - 1971
Interview Location: Diane Gardiner's Apartment - Los Angeles, CA
Publication: Rolling Stone #77 - March 4th - 1971
Jim Morrison's last known recorded interview is conducted by Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres and features Pamela Courson. This tape was made unintentionally after a chance meeting at Diane Gardiner's apartment in Los Angeles. The interview is later published in the March 4th, 1971 issue of Rolling Stone.