Grammy Awards: Doors guitarist Robby Krieger says Grammy-winning documentary on band finally ‘got it right’


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Robby Krieger
is still a little bitter about Oliver Stone’s 1991 biopic on his band, the Doors.

But the guitarist was more than enthusiastic about “When You’re Strange,” the 2009 documentary about the Los Angeles group, which was awarded top long-form music video at the Grammy Awards on Sunday afternoon during the pre-telecast show, a film which the 65-year-old Krieger said finally “got it right.’ Especially in terms of the band’s oft-mythologized lead singer, Jim Morrison.

“I think [the film] lends some realism to how people view Jim,” Krieger said, who was also nominated for his solo disc “Singularity.’ “There have been Oliver Stone movies, and books that really give the wrong idea of Jim. This film really gives a look at who he is.”


The documentary about the life of the band was written and directed by Tom DiCillo and, for the first time, pulls material from Morrison’s experimental film, “HWY: An American Pastoral.”

Krieger said the band’s surviving members wanted to “keep away from the making of the film” and trusted DiCillo’s vision.

“There was a lot of stuff that I had seen before,” he said. “But there were outtakes and things I hadn’t seen.”

Krieger said the band is readying a 40th anniversary of “L.A. Woman.”

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy