A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is one of the best rock 'n' roll albums ever made -- and requires a certain maturity. Musically, it's compelling, hypnotic, and not to be missed. Lyrically, the songs and Jim Morrison's dark delivery provide a journey through metaphor-laden sexual territory, hallucinatory scenes, moments of getting high, and toxic relationships that kids and some young teens may not be ready for.
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What's the story?
The Los Angeles band The Doors' debut album THE DOORS became a hit in spring 1967, propelled by the May release of the smash single \"Light My Fire.\" The album still ranks high among the all-time greats, and songs from it are still widely played on the radio, especially album opener \"Break On Through (To the Other Side),\" \"Light My Fire,\" and \"Soul Kitchen.\" Ray Manzarek on keyboards, John Densmore on drums, and Robby Krieger on guitar are on fire backing sexy, brooding, poetic singer and songwriter Jim Morrison, who was never better.
Is it any good?
There's a broad consensus that The Doors never surpassed their first album, as it included most of the best material they'd assembled to date. You may not be comfortable with some of the stylistic excesses, particularly Morrison's violent screaming in "The End," or the more obvious drug references, both of which presented a moral conundrum back in the day. But this is unquestionably some of the best rock music ever recorded.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what they know about Jim Morrison and what happened to him.
Why do you think people come up with all these metaphorical ways to talk about sex and/or drugs, like "Light my fire"?
What do you know about Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, who wrote "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)"? Have you ever seen their work in theater or literature class?
This album came out at the same time as the Summer of Love was happening in San Francisco. Why was Los Angeles so different? Or was it just Jim Morrison?
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