Sunday, December 06, 2009
The Last Stage: A Doors inspired novel
Jim Morrison, and The Doors created a legend and myth around themselves, and since the early 80’s writers have been exploring that legend and myth in their novels. The two most famous examples may be Burn Down The Night by Craig Strete. The novel is set in the early days of The Doors at UCLA with the climatic scenes being in a cemetery which of course is based on Morrison’s Cemetery poem which he included in some shows. The other is Lewis Shiner’s Glimpses which is about a stereo repairman who discovers how to go back in time to meet his Rock ‘n’ Roll idols Brian Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, and, of course, Jim Morrison.
The newest addition to novels that are Doors inspired or include The Doors and/or Jim Morrison is The Last Stage by Jim Cherry. The Last Stage follows a Doors tribute band from conception, to awkward first shows then a climb to stardom climaxing at The Whisky A-Go-Go. Along the way, the main character Michael Gray is given advice by Ray Manzarek and has a run in with the ghost of Jim Morrison. Cherry describes the novel as “a Rock ‘n’ Roll Sunset Boulevard,” and indeed the story does take the reader on a tour of The Doors’/Morrison’s Los Angeles.
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