June 13, 2013 |
It was a battle that John Densmore wishes didn't require the beating of his drum, but one that his conscience wouldn't let him sidestep when he decided to sue his former bandmates in the Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger. At issue was their use of the Doors' name for a new round of touring without long-departed lead singer Jim Morrison. Densmore's case against his fellow surviving members of the L.A. rock quartet -- and their $40-million counter-suit against him -- forms the core of Densmore's new book, “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes On Trial” (Baker & Taylor, $24.95)
June 5, 2013 |
An ancient plant eating lizard that looked like an iguana but was closer in size to a German shepherd has been named after Jim Morrison, the late troubled and charismatic lead singer of the Doors. It is called Barbaturex morissoni . The lizard's name was chosen by Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a hard-core Doors fan since college. PHOTOS: 10 shocking facts about turtles "Morrison really liked lizards and snakes, and his lyrics and poetry used a lot of descriptions of ancient places," said Head.
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May 21, 2013 |
When the Doors were still a fledgling quartet, and the band members were honing their chops playing five sets a night at the London Fog club in Hollywood, it wasn't rock stardom on keyboardist Ray Manzarek's mind as he and his three bandmates laid down an extended jam for their debut album that ran more than seven minutes. Manzarek was thinking more of one of his jazz heroes when he cribbed some of John Coltrane's ideas from the saxophonist's recording of "My Favorite Things" for his own solo in the song that would become the Doors' signature hit, and one of the defining singles of the 1960s: "Light My Fire.
May 21, 2013 |
When Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died Monday, he left behind a musical legacy that included 15 singles that made Billboard's hot 100 list, including the songs "Light My Fire," "Waiting for the Sun," "Touch Me," "Riders on the Storm," and "People Are Strange. " Less well known is his literary legacy, which included a memoir and two novels. The memoir was "Light My Fire: My Life With the Doors. " Manzarek was uniquely positioned to tell the story of the Doors, having begun the band with Jim Morrison after they met in Venice, Calif., in 1965.
May 21, 2013 |
The death Monday of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek was a sad mark in the ledger of L.A. rock history. But although the Doors are a classic-rock radio staple, the band's vision of L.A. -- seductive and evil, gaudy and threatening -- has stayed powerful for younger artists in the city as well. On the surface, the L.A. experimental noise quartet Health sounds little like the Doors -- it's recently played Coachella, the FYF Fest and scored the soundtrack to the video game "Max Payne 3 . " But the quartet shares the Doors' sense of Los Angeles as a city of intertwining lust and violence, and Manzarek's ear for re-imagining how a rock band could work.
May 20, 2013 |
Keyboardist Ray Manzarek, the founding member of the Doors whose piercing electric organ sound defined their career-establishing hit “Light My Fire” and most of the L.A. group's cornerstone songs, died Monday in Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer, his publicist said. He was 74. "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement. "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life, and I will always miss him. " Manzarek and Jim Morrison decided to form a band built around Morrison's poetry after they met in Venice, Calif., in 1965, while both were attending film school at UCLA.