This comes a day late, I realize. Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death.
I happened to see a video on Nik Nak’s Old Peculiar, posted in his memory.
It occurred to me that Jim Morrison and the Doors were hardly representative of the bands of their time. Keep in mind, the late 1960s and early 1970s were all about peace, love and dope. Flower power. Whatever.
In fact, this video bears more resemblance to an old black and white film noir than a typical pop music video of the time.
Anyway, take a look. Please note the night photography, the squalid urban streets, the desperate facial expressions, the fast-moving cars, the open road, the stark black and white imagery … to me, it all screams noir.
Oh, yeah, and happy Fourth of July, by the way! Enjoy!