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People are strange, and nobody knows that better than fans of The Doors. Their life, times and music are chronicled in the 2009 documentary When You’re Strange, screening at the Star & Shadow Cinema on Friday 9th January. Unlike the oft-criticised Oliver Stone directed biopic, the remaining members recognise it as an authentic interpretation of their story.

The film follows the band from their formation in 1965 and their very first gigs and album, right up until lead singer Jim Morrison’s tragic demise six years later, fuelled by years of alcohol and drug abuse. The account is bolstered by rarely seen concert footage, not to mention archival glimpses of rehearsals and excerpts from Morrison’s short film HWY: An American Pastoral, an experimental journey through the Mojave Desert. Add to the mix an impassioned narration from super fan Johnny Depp, and it’s little surprise the film won over the band’s legion of fans (Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek went so far as to label it the “anti-Oliver Stone”).

The screening will be followed by a set from Newcastle-based post-punk/garage/pop four piece Yellow Creatures, one of the countless groups to be inspired by The Doors, and Morrison: the man, the mind and the music. Guaranteed to set your night on fire.

When You’re Strange, followed by Yellow Creatures, is at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle on Friday 9th January.

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