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DO YOUR PARENTS GET YOUR MUSIC OBSESSION-THE DOORS/BIEBER COMPARISON-BY JOHN EMMS

Sometimes a certain album will trigger memories. Recently I watched  the L.A. Woman 40th Anniversary doc/ blu-ray and The Doors debut classic album series back to back and it brought back memories of my mom and dad who have now passed away.

I remember buying The Doors first album on vinyl (that’s all we had folks) and listening to it cranked on this tiny record player in my bedroom. I’m pretty sure I was one of the few who had the album in our tiny town.

It was after school, and I think  my mom was preparing supper. We had a small house on Front Street in South Porcupine. My dad worked long hours at the Big Dome Mine and was pretty much a straight shooter.

I would say Beatle albums and American pop (The Turtles, Beach Boys)  were for the first 3 or 4 years safe to play. However, when I brought home The Doors debut and had played it about 3 or 4 times my mom asked me straight up what is that man singing about?

The man in question was of course Jim Morrison. I had just finished playing the album and of course the album concludes with the 11 minute plus song titled The End.

As plain as day, even through a bedroom door you could hear the lines “The killer awoke before dawn, he got his boots on” and later the lyric “Father, yes son? I want to kill you, Mother i want to …aaaaarrrrrrrh..screaming and moaning.

I don’t think your father is going to approve of this music, my mom said. I shrugged my shoulders and said they are just like the other bands I play.

I don’t know who I was kidding.

I had never, ever heard music as intense, counter culture, sexual or thought provoking 

Now kids grow up with Justin Bieber’s debut cd wrapped up in Auto tune. 

Bieber seems like a really well balanced young man. I’m kind of glad Jim Morrison was not.

My mom hid a lot of  things I did from my dad. Thanks mom.

JOHN EMMS  is a long time music journalist and has found time to make his own music www.johnemms.com and host his own radio show http://emms.podbean.com/

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