The California sound. Everyone has a definition of it and there are several bands that helped define it—The Doors are one such band. They are unique in that they are distinctly a part of the Los Angeles music scene … but also a world apart in terms of their contemporaries. While other bands sang of incense and peppermints and putting flowers in your hair, The Doors drew from books and poetry and encouraged their listeners to take an inner journey.
Strange Days: A Journey Through The Doors’ Los Angeles explores the city where The Doors formed and changed the musical landscape.
- the apartment building where Jim Morrison lived on the rooftop and wrote song lyrics for a band he heard in his head
- the studio where The Doors recorded their landmark first two records
- their office and base of operation after achieving success
- some of Jim Morrison’s haunts and hangouts
- ground zero of The Doors’ rise to fame—the Sunset Strip
The Doors emerged during a once-in-a-lifetime music scene. In the mid- to late-1960s, Los Angeles was the epicenter of a music and cultural revolution. Rock music changed after The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, and as the dust began to settle, the City of Angels emerged at the forefront of what was new in music. The Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Turtles, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Love, Captain Beefheart, Iron Butterfly, The Seeds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas & Papas—not to mention The Beach Boys still going strong—all called Los Angeles home during their most prolific and creative periods in the latter half of the Sixties.
The rest of the world took notice. The British Mods came from swinging London to visit and soak in the sun of L.A.’s golden shores, the New York folkies plugged in and came West, and San Francisco, home of the Dead and the Airplane, hosted a happenin’ but much smaller music scene than its Southern California counterpart. Combine that with the warm weather, the rebellious spirit of a frontier city and the remains of the Beat culture and a counterculture is born.
Nightclubs popped up all over the city, with their highest concentration located along the world-famous Sunset Strip. The Doors were just one of the countless bands performing. Influenced by jazz, the blues, early rock and literature, The Doors sounded like no other band performing on the Strip—or anywhere else. And now you can see where it all went down.
Buy your tickets here! The tour takes place in a comfortable mini coach and the price is $60 per ticket. Please note that there will be a small service fee when you purchase tickets. L.A. Woman Tours uses Brown Paper Tickets. They are fast, user friendly and have great customer service.
Due to popular demand, we’re doing two Doors tours this summer! The first tour is on June 21 at 3pm. The second tour is on July 26 at 3pm. Check in time for both tours is 2:30.
Both tours are leaving from the Dearly Departed Tours office, located at 6603 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Tickets for the June 21 tour can be purchased here:
Tickets for the July 26 tour can be purchased here:
“The West is the best. Get here, and we’ll do the rest…”
This tour is a celebration of The Doors’ music and the legacy of Jim Morrison.