November 6, 1969 was a rainy Los Angles day, The Doors were recording "Morrison Hotel" and Jim Morrison was interviewed by Village Voice reporter Howard Smith in a rather informal interview in The Doors office. Also heard on the audio is Kathy Lisciandro, possibly Bill Siddons trying to keep the interview moving along and on track, and Morrison friend, Tom Baker.
The following are Howard Smith's comments after his 1970 interview with Jim Morrison at the Doors' office in L.A. - Reading these comments before reading or hearing the interview will shed some humorous light on the interview itself.
"....On the second floor is this office and in there is his manager, a press agent, those kind of people, you know, at their desks and there was Jim Morrison. It was 11:00 o' clock in the morning and there was an engineer, setting up all the equipment and he had a whole bunch of his comrades coming, sitting around, a lot of voices you'll hear in the background, kinda laughing at his jokes and joining in and everything ... his people, and also something, I think it's on the tape, I think this comes up at a later point, but I want you to keep this in mind: before I went there, I had a feeling that it was going to be a tough interview. I just kinda had a feeling that he and I didn't have the same athatalism, that it was going to be tricky, and I said to Cilla, who was along with me, you know, if things get really difficult with him, I'm gonna suggest that we armwrestle ... and then I put it out of my mind, and then you'll hear what happens about that later on in the interview..."
About Howard Smith
During the Village Voice's early and formative years, his column, "Scenes", with its reporting on the emerging counterculture, became a part of the paper's groundbreaking new journalism. The column ran weekly for twenty years and became known for its cutting edge coverage and innovative short-form critiques. His work for the Village Voice is frequently cited as one of the highly influential examples of the new participatory journalism that made less rigid the distinction between the observer and the observed.