The Doors: Feast Of Friends

Documentary film following our friend Morrison.

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While this comes as a package with encore outtakes, a digitalised Live At The Roundhouse and a bonus version of The End, Doors fans will be glad that Paul Ferrara’s on-the-road movie – a documentary without a plot – has been whittled from 23 hours of footage to 40 minutes of revealing snapshots.

Filmed during the Doors’ 1968 US tour, Feast Of Friends offers a fascinating insight into the band as they unleash their third album, Waiting For The Sun. Jim Morrison is already a superstar at 24, mobbed and nuzzled by adoring female fans. By the time he leads from the front at the notorious Singer Bowl show, a full riot is under way and the dilemma between revolt and chaos provides a subtext.

Off-stage candour includes Jim attempting a piano vamp and rapping free-style in his usual stoned, immaculate manner. The others do get a look in, but it’s the singer’s leather-clad allure that scorches the retina. Tasty./o:p

Max Bell

Max Bell worked for the NME during the golden 70s era before running up and down London’s Fleet Street for The Times and all the other hot-metal dailies. A long stint at the Standard and mags like The Face and GQ kept him honest. Later, Record Collector and Classic Rock called.