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Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors
     

Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors

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by John Densmore
 

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Here is the book that Rolling Stone called "the first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, and it is easily the most informed account of the Doors' brief but brilliant life as a group".

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Here is the book that Rolling Stone called "the first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, and it is easily the most informed account of the Doors' brief but brilliant life as a group".

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"The first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, and it is easily the most informed account of the Doors' brief but brilliant life as a group." — The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Doors drummer Densmore, who had a love-hate relationship with lead singer Morrison, sympathetically chronicles the self-destructive Lizard King's rise and fall. ``Densmore's detailed account . . . is often narrated in a glib style'' but remains ``indispensable for fans of one of rock music's most flamboyant and controversial groups,'' said PW . Photos. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385304474
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1991
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
159,180
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Riders on the Storm 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. As a fan of the the doors i was excited to read it. once i picked it up i couldn't put it down. I like the fact that throught the book he was writing a letter to jim letting his feelings out and asking him questions that he never got the chance to ask. Also i felt like i was hearing the truth some books written by people who were not there are hard to believe sometimes you wonder how they recieved some of the information they are reveling in the book. But with this book i could tell that John Densmore was not lying.
Bookworm95AO More than 1 year ago
Densmore's no writer, for sure, but he tells a great and believable story! Way better than Light my Fire by Ray Manzarek!
CranialTraveler More than 1 year ago
I began reading this expecting just another Doors biography(and I've read many) about how Jim was a Dionysian poet, but this was a completely different take. John Densmore spills everything not leaving anything to imagination but holds true to his perspective as to everything that happened. Riders on the Storm gives the feeling that Densmore did not just write this to explain The Doors from his drum stool but the feeling that he wrote this for himself. Densmore seems to strive for closure with Jim through internal dialogues and attempts to make sense of his dead friend, band mate, and mentor. Densmore takes you deep into his thoughts, his love life, his weird scenes in the '60s and his fear loathing and platonic love he had for Jim Morrison.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the history of the Doors as a band according to their drummer, John Densmore. The book begins with an account of Densmore¿s childhood and adolescence. Soon, it develops into the history of the doors when John meets Robby Krieger and eventually Ray Manczarek and Jim Morrison to form the Doors. After overcoming problems such as avoiding the Vietnam draft and dealing with a seemingly psychotic singer, the Doors landed a recording contract with Electra records and their career continued from there. The book then depicts the studio and touring story of the Doors slowly leading up to the death of Jim Morrison and the Doors as a group in 1971. One major theme in this book is determination. All four band members were determined to make it big. Ironically, as the book moves along the determination of the band members decreases from little to none after Jim¿s decline into alcoholism, his arrest in New Haven Connecticut, his move to France and his mysterious death. Personally, I enjoyed this book because it is about one of my favorite bands, the Doors. This book was full of information I would have never known about the group and I am glad I put the time in to read it. I am now able to appreciate Doors songs on a different level. One thing I did not enjoy about the book was the repetitiveness during the band¿s recording sessions. Ironically, the book would not be as accurate without this information. It represents the tedious process of recording a band in the studio, something I found almost boring to read about. I feel like all Doors fans would very much enjoy this book. Obviously, people who do not enjoy the Doors music will probably not enjoy the book. Therefore, if you listen to the Doors I very strongly recommend reading the book. Although I have not read any other accounts of the Doors, I would recommend Ray Manczarek¿s account, Light My Fire, in order to obtain a different view of the history of the Doors. I do not recommend the film The Doors because it only follows the life of Jim Morrison depicting him as an incompetent drunk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of all the books about Jim Morrison and the Doors, this is the most truthful. While it isn't quite 100% accurate, this is the story written from the drummer's point of view. He was there and he witnessed Jim's self-destructive behavior and the downfall of the Doors. It's not a book for a casual Doors fan because it includes many lyrics from Doors songs. You will be really lost if you don't know the songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jim Morrison was too artistic for his own well-being- everyone took and destroyed anything good, Really good story,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding memoir by the drummer of The Doors. I read this book in high school..it is so personal and interesting. You will feel like you know the guys. I have always loved The Doors and this book is a gift to Doors fans.
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lorrib More than 1 year ago
I was fascinated with John's view of life with Jim-what a roller-coaster ride it must have been--sometimes incredibly fun, sometimes just terrifying. One segment toward the end still kind of haunts me; when John talked about the eczema he'd had all the years he'd tried to work with Jim, almost magically disappearing when he heard Jim was dead.
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This is by far the best book I have ever read and I have read many. It was absolutly fantastic!
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