Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors [NOOK Book]

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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".

From the Trade Paperback edition.

The national bestseller at last available in paperback. Here is the book that Rolling Stone called "the first Doors biography that feels like it was written for the right reasons, ...

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

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Overview

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".

From the Trade Paperback edition.

The national bestseller at last available in paperback. 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." Densmore, the band's drummer, recently served as of The Doors. 50 photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307429025
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/4/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 158,745
  • File size: 9 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2007

    Outstanding story told from the inside.

    From the opening chapter Densmore leaves me wanting more with insight into the band's professional and personal lives and inspiration for some of their greatest hits. There is no one better to tell the story than the drummer who was there from the beginning to end. I finished this book faster than any other I've ever read and highly recommend this book to Doors' fans.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    the most realistic jim morrison book there is

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2001

    A view of Jim Morrison from behind the drum stool

    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.

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    I was fascinated with John's view of life with Jim-what a roller

    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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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Pretty good

    Densmore's no writer, for sure, but he tells a great and believable story! Way better than Light my Fire by Ray Manzarek!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2011

    Fantastic!

    This is by far the best book I have ever read and I have read many. It was absolutly fantastic!

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    His life & closure

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    Riders on the Storm

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    A fan of Jim Morrison and the Doors

    I really like this book. It describes Morrison in a way other people couldn't. John's story is the real thing! This book somewhat keeps you on the egde of your seat. With me, I couldn't put the book down because it was that good! For me being the age of 13 this was a good book and yes, I would reccomened it to all Doors fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    This book was good

    'Riders on the Storm,' by John Densmore was a great book that really showed what really went on in the band. It showed their different perspectives of eachother and what problems and fears they faced. It really showed the hardships they went through and thier feelings after Jim's death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    goes inside the band

    It was a great book to read. It showed what really went on with the band before, during and after they were big. I found myself reading it night after night until I finished it. This book shows the doors behind their music and what it took to get there. I would read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2002

    Great Story

    Jim Morrison's Legacy will never die. This Book cover's alot of inside information about how Jim really was and How John Densmore related to him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    The Doors will never be forgotten

    John Densmore gives his point of view in an honest and real manner. His doesn't get in too deeply with Jim and all of his personal problems, but rather gives details on the band as a whole. If your really into the Doors, and want to know the whole story from someone who was living it, I suggest you read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    Riders on the storm

    I found this book good but not completely satisfing because I read the book No One Here Gets Out Alive Which gives more insight on Jims life instead of Johns.

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