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138. IN YOUR DREAMS

  “IN YOUR DREAMS” is the latest single by THE BLACK AND BLUE ORKESTRE. Continuing the band’s interest in bending and blending genres the song is a gothic love ballad with deep bass, trip hop beats and haunting western guitars. The track was written by Tom DiCillo with crucial musical contributions from several guest artists. Wayne Byrne wrote […]

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76. STRANGE IN PARIS

This photo just came in thanks to Noemie in Paris. She took it in a subway station. I’ve had other friends say they’ve seen the poster all over the city. My sincere congratulations to MK2, the French distributor. This is one cool poster and is definitely going on my wall, ASAP. And more importantly, they […]

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77. VIVE LES DOORS

The trip to Paris last week was short, fast and intense. Started press with John Densmore a few hours after I arrived, took a break, had dinner with MK2, the French distributors, and then went to the premiere. The 450 seat theater was full. The translator introduced me as being from Iceland. I have no […]

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78. WEEK ONE in FRANCE

This came in a little while ago from MK2, the French distributor. Thought I’d share it with you. Dig that poster.   THE FRENCH PUBLIC IS HIGH ON THE DOORS When You’re Strange, the Doors documentary, directed by Tom DiCillo, reached 55 099 admissions in France in one week, on 55 prints. It is the […]

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79. EMMY NOMINATION

Well, I got a crazy email this morning from one of the producers informing me When You’re Strange has been nominated for an Emmy. Whacked but Fact; this is indeed true. It seems the episode of American Masters on PBS in which When You’re Strange screened was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Non-Fiction Series. […]

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80. MILITARY BRAT

The theatrical life of When You’re Strange is fading away. I’ve spent months talking about this film. Sometimes, when I least expect it, I get the strangest feeling that I’ve actually learned a few things on this crazy trip. Jim’s father was a career Navy officer who retired as an Admiral. The Morrison family moved frequently to […]

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81. RAPTURE

July is literally melting into August here in NYC. I spend my days trying to get two new feature scripts off the ground. To help keep my sanity during this process I go to a boxing gym twice a week. Yesterday, the owner looked at me like I was an idiot when I asked when he was […]

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82. G A S P

I don’t usually get involved with political groups but when founder and co-mama Ursula Forage contacted me asking for a pledge I complied without hesitation. Ursula said her members, which now only number around 1000 in the entire continental USA, felt uncomfortable having Palin appropriate their image and identity for her ultra-Right vision of America. […]

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83. BACK ALLEY

When John Densmore and I were in Paris a few months ago we met Alexandre Isard, a French photographer who was shooting stills for a magazine article about the release of When You’re Strange. Alexandre dragged us into some Parisian back alley and left us to fend for ourselves. As proof we survived he sent me these […]

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84. 4 SHOTS

It’s crazy; no sooner do I finish When You’re Strange, finding myself adrift yet again in a vast sea of nextfilm limbo, then my old friend Jimmy decides to reappear. You may recall our last encounter several months ago just before he headed west to direct the next Batman film. As jealous as I was then of […]

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85. SLIDE ON

The Black & Blue Orkestre has completed a new track, called Slide On. It’s kind of a funk, gospel rocker that started as a semi-instrumental. Our bass player Grog suggested I write some real lyrics and it ends up she was right. I played some guitar on this one; Will played a lot more. I […]

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86. GRAMMY NOMINATION

I woke up this morning to discover When You’re Strange has been nominated for a Grammy. The category is long form video (dvd) which is fine even though the film was conceived as a film, made as a film and released as a film. But it is a great honor to receive this nomination from […]

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88. OBLIVION REDUX

A few weeks ago Wayne, a frequent commentor and friend of this blog, sent me an email. Some of you may recall that Wayne made a huge career change a few months ago when he went insane and quit his day job to start film school in Ireland. His email was about making his first film […]

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89. GRAMMY

Well, blow me down. When You’re Strange just won the Grammy. I’m celebrating right now. I urge everyone else to do the same. Alright, I’m back from celebrating and doing what I should have done 3 hours ago; acknowledging the people who worked so intensely with me on this film. And I mean worked. The other […]

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90. NECTAR

  Well, the actual Grammy arrived yesterday. I’m glad it did. It has a great weight to it. And I like the shape; it’s like a big, shiny, metal flower. I’d been waiting for it as a motivation to put up a fresh post. I hear you, Elaine–I have been remiss. I do miss the exchanges […]

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91. THE REALER BLONDE

Alright Wayne, you axed for it. Well, actually you didn’t but here you go anyway. The financier of The Real Blonde told me at the beginning of production he felt it was time for me to make a “bigger film,” one that would play in Middle America. His first demand was that I not cast […]

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92. IN(re)TROSPECTIVE

The Munich Film Festival’s retrospective of my films is moving forward. I’m heading over at the end of June. They’re going to show all 7 films which is pretty amazing to me. Not that they’re going to show them, but that I actually made them. They’re starting with Johnny Suede which has never screened in […]

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93. DOWN TIME

A few weeks ago a documentary called Freedom Riders aired on PBS. It’s a strong piece about a milestone event in the American civil rights struggle and I recommend it highly. I was struck by a song in it called, “I’m On My Way”, by Barbara Dane. Her voice is amazing; very rich and strong, and […]

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94. MICHAEL JACKSON’S NOSE

Flew to Munich for a Retrospective of my films at the end of June. As we left this tragic Tale of our Time was entrancing America:   I was not sorry to leave that world behind for a few days. The festival put us up at the Bayerischer Hof, an elegant old-world hotel that Keith Richards […]

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