LOS ANGELES - Earlier this year, The Doors unveiled a first-of-its-kind iPad app, bringing the band's story to life with an unprecedented immersive experience that delved deeply into every aspect of the band's triumphant career with interactive content, unpublished band images and artwork, rare videos, music, and much more. Released by Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment, the app, simply titled THE DOORS, has launched its first update today, on the eve of Jim Morrison's birthday (December 8, 1943). THE DOORS APP is available exclusively on the App Store for the price of $2.99
In addition to upgrades to THE DOORS APP's navigation and layout, the centerpiece of the updated version is the new "Ray Remembered" section dedicated solely to the band's legendary keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who passed away earlier this year. For "Ray Remembered," band members John Densmore and Robby Krieger sat down together for an on-camera interview reminiscing about the impact Manzarek had on the band and their own lives. The section also includes a new essay on Manzarek by Adam Holzman (son of Jac) as well as a new slideshow featuring rare and unseen images.
THE DOORS APP was conceived and produced by Elektra Records founder and Warner Music legend Jac Holzman, who signed the Doors to the label in 1966, and Robin Hurley; along with the participation of Densmore, Krieger, the late Manzarek, and the estate of Jim Morrison. Holzman, a pioneer in the music industry and a pivotal force throughout the band's career, comes full circle with this app. Holzman and Warner Music bring The Doors into the digital age with a project that redefines how a band's work can be chronicled in the virtual realm.
"The genesis of this project began with a desire to digitize the boxed set, to use new technology to improve upon a much-loved fan experience. It made total sense to choose The Doors. They have always been 'ahead of the curve' artists and their story is one of the great sagas in rock," says Holzman. "Together with the band, we tell a compelling tale using materials from The Doors' own archives and the Warner Music vault plus the hundreds of other sources we chased down - a wealth of treasures including previously unseen photos, fresh interviews, and behind the scenes insights and reflections. Delivered in a single download, this is a riveting approach to showcasing a band's entire career. I believe Warner Music has set the bar higher for future music apps... and that is a very good thing to do!"
An intimate portrait of the band enjoying a drink at the Hard Rock Café - taken by legendary photographer Henry Diltz during a shoot for the Morrison Hotel album - greets visitors on the home page and guides them on a journey through the living history of one of rock's most fascinating and incendiary groups.
THE DOORS APP is divided into several sections, proving endlessly intriguing for both veteran fans and new initiates with hundreds of photos, videos, and interviews. All six albums recorded by the original Doors foursome, as well as the two albums recorded later by the Doors as a trio, are spotlighted here through essays from counterculture icons including Patti Smith and Hunter S. Thompson, Doors historians such as David Fricke, Greil Marcus, and archivist David Dutkowski, as well as pieces from the band and personal reminiscences shared by Holzman. Other highlights extensive technical notes detailing all the equipment used to create every studio album.
Among the other centerpieces is a graphic novelization of the notorious Miami Incident, where Morrison was falsely accused of exposing himself during a 1969 concert. The infamous episode comes to life here through drawings by award-winning comic book artist Dean Haspiel, words by Adam Holzman, and rare audio of Morrison recorded during the show. This section also includes the once-confidential FBI report, the arrest report, a portion of Jim's tongue-in-cheek testimony, Morrison's mug shot, and his posthumous pardon issued in 2010.
Also featured are a comprehensive Timeline, a Cast Of Characters listing key people in the Doors' universe, an interactive Doors Map of LA that focuses on prime locations in the band's history, a Gallery filled with rare and iconic images, all song lyrics, in-app links to social media and the iTunes store, and a customizable Favorites area. All told, the app features over 500 images including band photos, album art, singles, international releases and memorabilia (posters, ticket stubs, advertisements, press releases, contracts, and related correspondence). The app also includes 44 short form videos and 60 audio segments. Holzman had referred to The Doors app as a "1600 piece jigsaw puzzle in three dimensions, which arrives on your iPad, elegantly pre-assembled."
THE DOORS APP is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com.
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