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In the summer of 1965, Ray Manzarek ran into Jim Morrison on the sands of Venice Beach. Morrison mentioned that he had written lyrics for a couple of songs; he sang them for Manzarek, who was amazed. He said, "Jim, man, with your words and my keyboard — there's nobody doing this. What we're gonna do, nobody on the planet is doing. This music, our music, is called...psychedelic." Combining with the talents of Robby Krieger and John Densmore, they went on to create an original sound that transformed a generation and spawned The Doors. "In that year we had an intense visitation of energy," Manzarek says. "That year lasted from the summer of 1965 to July 3, 1971."
For the first time, the only person who was there from the beginning tells the inside story of the wild life of The Doors and Jim Morrison. Light My Fire: My Life with the Doors goes behind the scenes to tell how The Doors came into existence. From gigs on Sunset Strip — home of the famed Whiskey-a-Go-Go — to a record deal with Elektra, from their first No. 1 hit, 1967's "Light My Fire," to their final recording session for "L.A. Woman," the book covers it all and lays to rest the many rumors that have surrounded the band and Jim Morrison for years. Manzarek gives an original, firsthand account that nobody else in the world could tell. Ray was there from the beginning and saw it all.