The Doors paper

The Doors paper - Brad Finley November 5, 2010 Rock I: Joe...

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Brad Finley November 5, 2010 Rock I: Joe Matson The Doors: Rock The Doors are a perfect example of the negative social and moral force of Rock music. The Doors also had a unique sound which is evident in their songs. This unconventional Rock band’s distinctive sound made it stand out among its contemporaries and it brought thousands of followers in a relatively short amount of time. The bands rise to fame is comically summed up when the character of Ray Manzarek in the film: The Doors, after hearing lyrics Jim Morrison is working on, says “Lets get a Rock and Roll band together and make a million bucks” and the pair join with John Densmore and Robby Kreiger and proceed to do just that. This fame brought many fans who were subject to a number of negative influences given by the example of the band members. All of the members used drugs and, especially Jim Morrison, used them in excess. Another bad influence on these fans was given by the lyrics of these songs, which in there many interpretations, often have sex, drug and death related meanings. The Doors’ song “Break on Through (To the Other Side)” has multiple interpretations, none of which could be considered a positive moral/social influence on listeners. This song was released as The Doors’ first single, but it reached greater popularity over time (songfacts.com). This is song is of a more traditional length than many of The Doors’ songs and was popular for a few reasons. Ray Manzarek’s keyboard playing gave it, and many of The Doors’ songs, a very unique sound. In the beginning, a unique drum sound on the part of John Densmore is joined by an organ solo played by Manzarek. Manzarek’s baseline seems to be about the same throughout
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the song, giving it another distinct sound that helps make it immediately recognizable. It has relatively few lyrics and has a catchy chorus. The simplicity of the lyrics is shown by the large amount of repetition (including the phrase “break on through” being repeated fourteen times). It is also shown by the prevalence of very simply lines like “yeah”. However it still contains a poetic feel, characterized by pairs of lines like “We chased our pleasure here” and “Dug our treasures there”. The mention of “pleasure” and “treasure” could easily be drug or sex references, as could be “break on through to the other side”. However, it seems more likely that this refers to
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This note was uploaded on 07/10/2011 for the course MUS 1301 taught by Professor Marshak during the Spring '11 term at Minnesota.

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