In 2013, The Doors unveiled a first-of-its-kind iPad app, bringing the band's story to life in a new medium and delivering an unprecedented immersive experience that goes deeply into the band's career with interactive content, unpublished band images and artwork, rare videos, music, and much more.
The app, simply titled The Doors, was praised by fans and critics alike, earning 2014 Webby Awards Official Honoree status in their "Integrated Mobile Experience" category as well as being named one of the "Best Apps & E-Books Of 2013 For Adults" by Kirkus Reviews. The Doors App is now available as a free download for the first time, exclusively on the App Store, inviting fans to experience a select amount of its exclusive content at no charge, with an easy in-app purchase available for $2.99 to unlock the full version.
This newly launched version of The Doors App offers free access to some of the app's most dynamic features, including an expansive telling of how The Doors came to be, and in-depth essay by David Fricke on the making of their first astonishing LP, recollections from John Densmore and Greil Marcus, rare photos, memorabilia from the era, and 13 videos and song snippets.
Also prominent in the free version is unrestricted access to the "Music Room," featuring interactive discography with all song lyrics and audio samples of the band's first six studio albums plus lyrics synced to each album as you move the LPs in their bin with just a fingertip.
One of the most heralded portions of The Doors App, and included in the free version, is the graphic novelization of the notorious, and politically motivated, Miami Incident, when Morrison was falsely accused of exposing himself during a 1969 concert. That infamous episode is retold through drawings by award-winning comic book artist Dean Haspiel, words by Adam Holzman (son of Jac), and rare audio of Morrison secretly recorded that evening. This section also includes the once-confidential FBI report, the arrest report, Jim's full tongue-in-cheek testimony, Morrison's mug shot, and his posthumous pardon issued in 2010.
The Doors App released by Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment, was conceived and produced by Elektra Records founder and Warner Music legend Jac Holzman, who signed the Doors to his label in 1966, and Robin Hurley; along with the participation of Densmore, Krieger, the late Manzarek, and the estate of Jim Morrison. Holzman, a pioneer in the music industry and a pivotal force throughout the band's career, comes full circle with this app. Holzman and Warner Music bring The Doors into the digital age with a project that redefines how a band's work can be chronicled in the virtual realm.
Other features of The Doors App include:
• 360 Degree View Of Each Album -The story behind each record is revealed through photos, videos, music clips, text as well as homages from influencers like Patti Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, Francis Ford Coppola and The Doors themselves.
• Photo Galleries - Six galleries featuring 227 band photos, 112 album and single artwork images, memorabilia from the Elektra Records vault, and 75 handwritten tracking note and tape boxes.
• Videos - Six full length original short films for "Break On Through," "Strange Days," "Unknown Soldier," "Wild Child," "Roadhouse Blues (Live)," and "The Changeling."
• Ray Remembered - Section dedicated solely to the band's legendary keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who passed away in May 2013, featuring an on-camera interview with John Densmore and Robby Krieger reminiscing about the impact Manzarek had on the band and their own lives.
• Interactive Timeline - Weaves highlights of the Door's history in context with other musical and historical events revealing juxtapositions otherwise unknown.
• Cast Of Characters - Insider mini bios on the 100+ people most important to the legend of the band.
• Technical Nuggets - Explore how the Doors' engineered their signature sound for each album with a photo/text gallery of the exact equipment used for each recording.
• Map Of Los Angeles - Interactive L.A. map highlighting key places in the Doors personal and professional lives.
The Doors App is now available from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com.
The Doors App was developed by Rhino US and Brandwidth Group UK.
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The Doors App official trailer: http://youtu.be/o7wellAebWw
For more information on The Doors, please visit www.thedoors.com