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Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to Center Stage on March 6, 2015

“The new generation of kids will come along in a few years, swarm together, and have a new name for (rock). It’ll be the kind of music that people like to go out and get it on to.”

Jim Morrison told me that in 1971. Two years before, appearing on PBS with The Doors, he had been even more specific. “In four or five years,” he said, in April of 1969, “The new generation’s music, it’ll have a synthesis of (black and folk)… and some third thing…It might rely heavily on electronics, tapes. I can kind of envision one person with a lot of machines, tapes, electronic setups, singing, or speaking, and using machines.” 

Morrison may not have predicted hip-hop, but he foresaw EDM, and nightclub DJ’s as performers, as rock stars of the future.

In the 2000 movie Almost Famous, I am portrayed in the office of Rolling Stone’s editor, telling a young writer about a  “mojo” - 1973 version of what would become the fax machine. In the movie, my character says, “It’s a very modern machine that transmits pages over the telephone. It only takes 18 minutes a page…”

That Ben Fong-Torres did not sense the arrival of computers, email, the Internet, or the idea of streaming video on demand.

It’s not easy to divine the future, the way Morrison did. Nobody in the music business could have predicted the state of the industry today, or that The Doors, which disbanded a few years after his death in July, 1971, would continue to break on through to fans, old and new, to this day.

I was involved in some of that. Years after writing his obituary in Rolling Stone, I served as script consultant on the documentary, The Doors: No One Here Gets Out Alive. I wrote a book about the band and contributed liner notes to the box set, Doors of Perception. For a Qello Concerts exclusive, I interviewed Ray Manzarek for a live stream, in what was his last on-camera interview.

Now, under the guidance of manager Jeff Jampol, and in tandem with Qello Concerts, The Doors have raised their profile again, on media platforms few could have foreseen. 

Right now, with the launch of its QelloCast program, Qello Concerts is hosting the Doors Digital Festival. The Doors took over the spotlight homepage of Qello Concerts and turned it into an immersive Doors experience with the greatest full-length performances and documentaries about the band, plus a ton of other great-related content. And every weekend for eight weeks one classic Doors show is FREE.  Fans can use their Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Playstation and more to watch The Doors on their big TVs. And they can rock with Morrison, Manzarek, Krieger, and Densmore on their iPads, iPhones, Androids, and more – plus the web at www.qelloconcerts.com/vip/thedoorsfestival

Imagine that "Ben Fong-Torres" character in Almost Famous instructing a writer today to use Apple TV to cover a concert that happened 50 years before. Talk about breaking on through to the other side

Even if you weren’t reading Rolling Stone magazine in the late '60s /early '70s, you might still know who Ben Fong-Torres is from the movie “Almost Famous.” Ben Fong-Torres is the legendary Rolling Stone Senior Editor who was characterized in the Cameron Crowe movie and now,… More