The Doors

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The Doors are rock royalty. Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore reinvented rock 'n' roll in the 60s, and their influence can be felt even today. Now, for the first time, the living members of the band are opening up their personal archives to their fans, telling their story in their own words. This book is filled with untold anecdotes and never-before-seen photos from their private collections. Fans can learn first-hand what really went on in America's ...
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Overview

The Doors are rock royalty. Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore reinvented rock 'n' roll in the 60s, and their influence can be felt even today. Now, for the first time, the living members of the band are opening up their personal archives to their fans, telling their story in their own words. This book is filled with untold anecdotes and never-before-seen photos from their private collections. Fans can learn first-hand what really went on in America's most enigmatic and mythical band.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
L.A.'s answer to the British Invasion, the Doors burned brightly, burned out and left behind a clouded legacy. The continued fascination with the band has everything to do with Jim Morrison, of course, the charismatic singer who died young. Talented, inconsistent and a raging alcoholic, Morrison intentionally tried to channel the contradictory energies of the era and became its shaman stud. In this photo-rich volume, longtime music writer and former Rolling Stone editor Fong-Torres has expertly woven together a narrative from interviews with the band members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore as well as Morrison's family and closest friends. Collaboration created the Doors' sound and songs, and the biographies of each musician bring perspective to the more famous Morrison story. While there are no shocking revelations, it's useful to discover just how talented Morrison's band mates were in an age of three-chord wonders. Now middle-aged, the remaining Doors are clearheaded about their youthful extravagances and don't waste time with character assassination. Drug use is discussed openly, although Morrison's death is left needlessly vague (when a 27-year-old dies with only his junkie girlfriend, it's a good bet that heroin was involved). For the most part, though, this understated work further elucidates this iconic band. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Through reissues, hit movies, and books, the history of the Doors has been revisited time and time again. This history as told by the band members themselves (with a little help from former Rolling Stone senior editor Fong-Torres) is the third such effort: founding member and keyboardist Ray Manzarek and drummer John Densmore have each previously published books on their experiences with the group. For casual and hard-core fans alike, the present work is an engaging effort, replete with unreleased gems from the band's archives, including photos, interviews, personal memoirs, and anecdotes. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect are thoughts on late frontman Jim Morrison and the band by Morrison's family members and the mother of his longtime girlfriend, Pamela Courson. Complete with gushing forewords by musicians Henry Rollins and Perry Farrell, as well as briefer thoughts on the group from a number of other contemporary artists, this 40th anniversary tribute belongs in larger public libraries and all music libraries. Long live the Lizard King! Dave Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., Seattle Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401303037
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 11/7/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 437,701
  • Product dimensions: 11.70 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Awesome book!

    This book is a must have for all fans of The Doors!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    You could build a library with all that's been written about The Doors over the past 40 years. This makes it hard to find anything new, but Ben Fong-Torres has done that here. Several never before published photos (including Jim dressed as an Indian for Halloween at age 7!) and interviews with Jim's father, brother & sister (his mother was unfortunately too ill to participate) make this a must for any Doors fan. Also has lots of commentary from Ray, Robby & John and others who were closely involved with the band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2007

    come live with us in forrests of azure...

    You could build a library with all that's been written about The Doors over the past 40 years. This makes it hard to find anything new, but Ben Fong-Torres has done that here. Several never before published photos (including Jim dressed as an Indian for Halloween at age 7!) and interviews with Jim's father, brother & sister (his mother was unfortunately too ill to participate) make this a must for any Doors fan. Also has lots of commentary from Ray, Robby & John and others who were closely involved with the band.

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