2010/03/20

Robby Kreiger, SXSWでドアーズとWYSを語る!


現地時間で金曜日の午後、SXSWでThe Doorsのドキュメンタリー「When You're Strange (WYS)」の試写が行われ、さらにそれ合わせて元ドアーズのロビー・クリーガー出席のパネルディスカッションが行われた。

このディスカッションの内容が丸ごと、ドアーズの公式Twitterアカウントでtweetされていたのでまとめてみた。
しかし、土曜日の朝(日本時間で)、ちんたら起きてTLを眺めたらドアーズで埋め尽くされているというのは不思議な体験だ(笑

もっとも一昨日の朝から昨日にかけてはAlex Chiltonの訃報で埋め尽くされていた訳だが。
A.Chiltonについては別エントリーで書こうと思う。

では、以下に時系列でまとめたtweetを。
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Panel starting now!

Jampol: Production and planning for WYS started in '05 - first conversations were with Dick Wolf, who is a humongous Doors fan...

Dick Wolf booked The Doors to go play @ Boston College in 1967 when "Light My Fire" and The Doors were the biggest band in the world!

He had booked the band in March, prior to the single's release, the band played in August when they were #1! Made Dick a lifelong fan.

When the Doug Weston first booked The Doors, would make bands agree to come play the Troub again 3 times at the original price...

regardless of how big they got!

When production first started for WYS, Jeff, Dick & the band had to start by combing through the vaults and transferring the avail for usage

Some of the footage included interviews with Jim's father and sister...

After combing through the footage, director Tom Dicillo was brought on to direct! He decided to use only the vintage footage...

Jampol: In 1969, Jim was feeling his artistic muse, and he wanted to explore music + poetry + film. He had written a 12 page script..

...called "The Hitchhiker" about murderers on the road - lead to the lyrics for "Riders On The Storm"...

...and of course the film became HWY, which was originally titled "Highway: An American Pastoral". Footage from HWY was in The Doors vault!

Every frame of footage from When You're Strange was shot between 1965-1971.

The original narrator at the Sundance premiere was Tom Dicillo - it was after that that Johnny Depp signed on.

Johnny didn't want to come to the soundstage, so he recorded his parts himself and sent in the narration - and it fit, perfectly.

After Bill Siddons, the original manager of The Doors saw the film, he told Robby & Jeff that they nailed it, the way it should be!

Robby: This movie is total reality - guys followed us around the country with a camera. It's hard not to like.

Jampol: We agreed at the beginning that this would be a film about The Doors, not by The Doors. Tom and Dick wanted an objective film....

...the good and the bad are in it. Bruce Botnick, who engineered The Doors albums, mixed the sound for the movie.

Did you know? Robby wrote "Touch Me", "Light My Fire", "Love Her Madly" - most of the top Doors songs were Robby Krieger songs.

Robby: Jim was the writer - he had all these great songs when i came into the group. But not enough songs...he tasked us to write songs too.

Before that, we had been filling in the gigs with covers like "Gloria."

Robby: I figured it had to be pretty heavy duty to write songs as well as Jim. Figured I'd write something about one of the 4 elements...

Robby: I always liked that song by the Stones "Play With Fire", so I figured I'd write about Fire...and include every chord I know.

Robby: If you count up the chords, there's something like 15 chords in "Light My Fire."

There are 6 chords alone in Ray's intro..that's the best way to do a song, to get everyone's input to finish the song.

If you listen to the solo from "Light My Fire"...it's the solo from John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things"! Almost note for note...

Question: How did Jim write songs? As far as I know, Jim didn't play an instrument...how did he write the music?

Robby: For the first songs we had, "Moonlight Drive", "End of the Night", "Hello I Love You", Jim would smoke this great pot...

Robby:...and he could hear a whole concert in his head. He'd sing it to us, and me and Ray would write it down.

Robby:...later, I guess he didn't have that pot anymore, so we'd write the music, and he'd add words later.

Robby:...as time went on, and Jim got drunker, we'd go to his poetry books for lyrics...that's where "Peace Frog" came from.

Question: Who's idea was it to put music to the poetry?

Robby: I hate to admit it, but it was mine...it took us about 3 months to write the music to it.

Question: Are there any plans to revisit titles like "Boot Yer Butt", and other releases?

Jampol: Yes, we are. We have a joint label w/Rhino called Bright Midnight on which we'll keep releasing these shows.

Jampol: All these live releases were actually recorded and engineered by Paul Rothschild and Bruce Botnick.

Jampol: Last week, we just released a complete remastering of ABSOLUTELY LIVE and LIVE IN NEW YORK, which were remastered by Botnick...

...all on vintage vacuum tube equipment.

Jampol: Coming up, were going to create a store where you can download all those live shows, make your own package, choose the quality...

...or have us make a disc for you. "Boot Yer Butt" will not be re-released because it was limited to 5000 copies.

We're about 6-9 months away from that store right now on The Doors website.

Question: Where were you the week of May 2 1970 when the Kent State stuff went down?

Robby: I don't remember...I remember being really pissed off about what happened at Kent State, but don't really remember details.

Question: Is there going to be a biography about you (Robby)?

Robby: I'm in the midst of writing my autobiography myself...i started writing about 1 year ago...it'll probably be finished towards Dec.

Question: What were the working titles for When You're Strange?

Jampol: Oh, there were a bunch. Our biggest concern is authenticity - this is real history we're dealing with here...

Jampol: Danny Sugerman told me before he died that there will be a reaction every time you put Jim & The Doors in front of the kids...

Jampol: So we want to make sure it's not glossed up. We just want to make sure we put music out as it was meant...

Jampol: It's always seemed like The Doors and Jim were more of a sardonic observer - not all aggro like some bands are today..

Jampol: The Doors put out what they thought, but never told you what to think. And we try to stay true to that...

Robby: This is a really good way of saying you don't remember what the other titles were.

Jampol: Well...right. But they were all dark and edgy and sexy.

Question: What is going to happen to the interview footage that wasn't used?

Jampol: It'll be bonus material on the DVD.

Jampol: We really wanted to make sure that the soundtrack to When You're Strange was special...so we brought in Bruce Botnick...

Jampol:...and went back to Johnny, and he went on his boat, at like 2 a.m., with all these candles, and read Jim's poetry.

Jampol: It's not in the movie, but it's amazing. And it's woven into the soundtrack. It's SUCH a great concept from beginning to end.

Jampol:...and we went to iTunes, and said this HAS to be album only. And that's what it'll be. It comes out April 6 everywhere.

Question: Robby, when are you releasing a solo record?

Robby: First week of June. It's called "Singularity" and features a lot of Flamenco guitar...which I haven't played in a long time...

Question: When you were first starting out, how hungry were you to be full time musicians? Was it about getting your art out?

Robby: I actually quit school at the point when we got our first real job at the Whisky and joined the musicians union.

Robby: We definitely wanted it to be a job. It was fun too, but it wasn't a lark. We thought we could be the world's biggest band.

Robby: All we have to do is convince everyone else of that...

Jampol: Apparently, it worked.

Robby: Not really, Jim always wanted us to be bigger. I wish he was here now, and could see how we finally....

Question: Was there a backlash, do you think, in the late 60s?

Robby: Oh yeah, people love to hate The Doors. The critics - they love you, then hate you, then love you again.

Question: Can you speak a little bit about the corporate structure of The Doors? How it's set up? Who owns the masters?

Jampol: There is no corporation. The Doors own all of their publishing. Elektra owns the rights to the masters. We own the name...

Jampol:...and likeness rights, and we (The Doors & management) administer rights worldwide.

Robby: We first signed to Elektra for $5000. That's what people did. But our hotshot lawyer made them give us back our publishing...

Robby: After three years, or we wouldn't sign with them again. Best buyback ever.

Question: What's your favorite Doors record?

Robby: It changes all the time, but right now, L.A. Woman.

Panel's over! Don't forget to catch the screening at the Paramount Theater at 5 p.m.!

興味深い発言がいっぱい出てきますね。
ジム・モリソンの曲作りの方法とか、Absolutely Liveのリマスターの存在とか、DVD収録予定のボーナスマテリアルとか。
それにジョニー・デップがナレーションを録音したくだりも最高。光景が目に浮かびます。

あとケント州立大学事件(オハイオ州のケント大学で反戦集会に参加した学生が州兵に射殺された事件。Neil Young/CSNYの”Ohio”はこの事件をテーマにしている)に関する質問は意味不明。
ロビーはUCLA出身だし、事件当時ドアーズがオハイオにいたかどうかも不明だし、なぜこの質問が出たのだろう?