Surviving Doors Members Speak on Jim Morrison's Substance Abuse
I don't know if that's what Jim had in mind but I think he did accomplish that with those words. The part about Mr. Mojo rising. I don't know if you heard that blues that has those words in it. It's kind of interesting that Jim would use those same words in it. It was just a blues off the cuff kind of thing. And he was able to say, hey that would work in this part of "L.A. Woman." I remember him telling us about the whole anagram thing, and hey, check this out, because I think somebody asked him, what's Mr. Mojo Rising, from the blues thing, and he explained it. I think John had the idea of cutting the beat in half and getting faster and then Jim repeated Mr. Mojo Rising.
On Morrison's potential plans had he survived
Bruce Botnick, (producer, engineer): I think [Morrison] was getting to be at a place where there was peace. He was gonna go off to Paris. He was gonna write, figure out whatever the heck he wanted to do. Maybe he was gonna come back and make another Doors record. And if so, it would have been a growth stage. He wouldn't have gone on stage and performed like he used to. It might have been like acoustic sets that you see artists do to get away from being that image. He would have tried to transcend it. This is what I think he would liked to have done. The only reason I say that is the way he responded through L.A. Woman and when he was going off to Paris and the freedom that he felt. He was in a good space.
On L.A. Woman's legacy
Michael McClure, (poet, friend of Morrison): To me, LA Woman was like someone picked up a Polaroid to shoot a space between the 1960s and the birth of the 1970s -- that moment that was the turn of 1970. It handled it the same way a move like Shampoo with Warren Beatty did.
It was pretty sharp with its vision of the collapse of the idealism of the '50s and '60s through the war and race riots -- particularly, the wars in Asia. [Morrison's] father was an admiral and that can't always be scratched. The year before, I had been in L.A. at the Scam Building at 9000 Sunset Blvd. [Morrison] and I rented an office there and we wrote a screenplay based on my novel, The Adept. He was still in pretty good shape, despite the over the top intoxication.