U.C.L.A. Woman: The Doors' greatest influence? Try Josef von Sternberg.

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One of the slyest masterpieces in album cover design. The photo slide becomes a sleeve.

'Much has changed in rock music, but some things remain the same — like the ubiquitous presence of The Doors in American pop culture. The iconic rockers remain as relevant today as they were when they released their first album in 1967. The quartet — Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore — are enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Founding members Morrison and Manzarek met while they were students at the UCLA Film School, and so it's not surprising that movies, not music, set the stage for the legendary band's unmistakable sound.

"We both had a class with legendary film director Josef von Sternberg, the director who created Marlene Dietrich, working together on such classic films as Shanghai Express, The Blue Angel, Morocco and The Devil is a Woman," Manzarek recalls. "Von Sternberg's vision of sophistication and the darker side of the human condition was perhaps the single greatest influence on the music of The Doors." '

- http://www.magazine.ucla.edu/features/school_of_rock/

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