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American Masters: The Doors: When You’re Strange

Airs Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: (l-r): Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek of The Doors

Interview with Morrison's Father and Sister

Admiral George S. Morrison and Anne Morrison-Chewning give the first interview about Jim’s musical career with The Doors. Jim’s father, a military man, relives his struggle to understand his son as an artist and his sister gives new insights into Jim’s creative struggles while living in the limelight.

The creative chemistry of four brilliant artists — drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison — made The Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential, theatrical and mysterious, thrilling and sometimes frightening rock bands.

This, the first feature documentary to tell their story, uses only original footage — much of it previously unseen — shot between the group’s formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971. Johnny Depp narrates.

“From the outset I decided to use only original footage of this astonishing band,” says Tom DiCillo, director and writer of "When You’re Strange." “To me, there is nothing more powerful and riveting that seeing Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Jim Morrison leap into life on the screen.”

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Interview: John Densmore of The Doors

Above: John Densmore, the drummer for The Doors, talks to PBS about "American Masters: The Doors: When You're Strange," the first feature documentary about The Doors, premiering Wednesday May 12, 2010 on PBS (check local listings).

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