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July 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
 Momentum appears to be building for a reunion of surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore to perform together in memory of the group's keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, who died of cancer in May  at age 74. Densmore told The Times recently that he hoped to come together with Krieger to play music again. “I said to Robby recently, 'Why don't we in the near future maybe have a reunion and play some Doors songs in honor of Ray with some great local musicians?
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October 24, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
This post has been corrected. See the note below. I spent part of Wednesday afternoon at UCLA, on a panel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Rechy 's novel “City of Night,” newly reissued to commemorate the occasion. The book is a landmark not only of gay literature -- it tells the story of a street hustler as he moves through the shadow world of the 1950s -- but also of American literature. “City of Night” was not the first overtly gay-themed book (Radclyffe Hall's “The Well of Loneliness” appeared in 1928, and in 1956, Allen Ginsberg published his long poem “Howl,” followed, three years later, by William S. Burroughs with “Naked Lunch”)
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May 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Ripples continue from the death on Monday of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, including a night on VH1 Classic devoted to the band's music and the rescheduling of an event with Doors drummer John Densmore. Manzarek died at a hospital in Germany at age 74 after a long battle with bile duct cancer. Thrusday night, VH1 Classic has lined up “The Doors: Live at the Bowl,” the concert the quartet played July 5, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl. It will be shown at 8 p.m. PDT and EDT, and repeated at 10:30 p.m. After the first airing of the Bowl concert, VH1 Classic will show the one-hour documentary “Classic Albums: 'The Doors.'” a look at the making of the band's 1967 debut album, featuring interviews with Manzarek, Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.
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July 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
 Momentum appears to be building for a reunion of surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore to perform together in memory of the group's keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, who died of cancer in May  at age 74. Densmore told The Times recently that he hoped to come together with Krieger to play music again. “I said to Robby recently, 'Why don't we in the near future maybe have a reunion and play some Doors songs in honor of Ray with some great local musicians?
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June 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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)
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May 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Jimmy Fallon, who has made high art out of his impersonation of Neil Young, gets a shot at getting inside the mind -- and tight leather pants -- of another Rock and Roll Hall of Famemember on his show tonight when he fills in for the Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison during an appearance by the group's original drummer, John Densmore. With a lot of help from Fallon's house band, the Roots, they plan to tackle the Doors' rave-up “Roadhouse Blues,” in which Fallon will get to spout that classic opening line, “Well I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer.” GRAPHIC: Jimmy Fallon's musical moments Densmore, 68, is visiting Fallon's show to discuss his new book, “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial.” No, it's not an account of the notorious criminal case in Florida in which Morrison was charged with indecent exposure during a concert.
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January 14, 1993 | FRANCES HALPERN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The new year has delivered cleansing rains after years of drought and even the nihilists among us are conceding the possibility of a bright future. For instance, some superstars of the drug-crazed rock world (who survived) are singing a different song these days. John Densmore, drummer with the Doors (1965-1971), told me in an interview this week: "I get high now just breathing deeply." He'll sign his book, "Riders On the Storm, My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors," at 2 p.m.
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October 10, 1995 | JANICE ARKATOV, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For John Densmore to call himself a "dabbler in the arts" is more than modesty. It's misleading. "John has a really interesting presence onstage," says Stages Theatre Center artistic director Paul Verdier, who has cast Densmore--drummer for the legendary '60s rock group the Doors--in the North American premiere of Eduardo Pavlovsky's two-character relationship drama "Cerca" (Close), which opened Friday at Stages in Hollywood.
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March 12, 2003 | Lee Margulies
Doors members file lawsuits What's up with Doors drummers? First, John Densmore, the rock group's original drummer, filed suit in February, seeking to block former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger from performing under the name Doors 21st Century. Now, Stewart Copeland, who initially was tapped to replace Densmore in the reconstituted group, has hit them with a $1-million suit, RollingStone.com reports, charging that they breached an oral contract to use him on a tour and album.
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November 29, 2007 | GEOFF BOUCHER
Have you decided that the holiday season is just one big exercise in manipulation? Do you assume that every Christmas joy comes with strings attached? Well, what better way to prove it all than by visiting the Bob Baker Marionette Theater (1345 W. 1st St., L.A.; reservations required, [213] 250-9995) to see the return of "The Nutcracker" to the L.A. stage that has specialized in wooden performances since 1961. . . .
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June 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Ripples continue from the death on Monday of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, including a night on VH1 Classic devoted to the band's music and the rescheduling of an event with Doors drummer John Densmore. Manzarek died at a hospital in Germany at age 74 after a long battle with bile duct cancer. Thrusday night, VH1 Classic has lined up “The Doors: Live at the Bowl,” the concert the quartet played July 5, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl. It will be shown at 8 p.m. PDT and EDT, and repeated at 10:30 p.m. After the first airing of the Bowl concert, VH1 Classic will show the one-hour documentary “Classic Albums: 'The Doors.'” a look at the making of the band's 1967 debut album, featuring interviews with Manzarek, Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.
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May 21, 2013 | Randy Lewis
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.
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May 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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.
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May 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Jimmy Fallon, who has made high art out of his impersonation of Neil Young, gets a shot at getting inside the mind -- and tight leather pants -- of another Rock and Roll Hall of Famemember on his show tonight when he fills in for the Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison during an appearance by the group's original drummer, John Densmore. With a lot of help from Fallon's house band, the Roots, they plan to tackle the Doors' rave-up “Roadhouse Blues,” in which Fallon will get to spout that classic opening line, “Well I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer.” GRAPHIC: Jimmy Fallon's musical moments Densmore, 68, is visiting Fallon's show to discuss his new book, “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial.” No, it's not an account of the notorious criminal case in Florida in which Morrison was charged with indecent exposure during a concert.
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August 15, 2012 | By Katherine Tulich
When Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger reformed the Doors with a comeback gig at the Whisky at last year's Sunset Strip Music Festival, it was the hottest ticket at the event, with landmark songs like "Riders of the Storm" and "Light My Fire" echoing once again at the club where the band first made its mark. This year's festival is giving the iconic '60s band an even larger spotlight. Now in its fifth year, the Sunset Strip Music Festival once again pays homage to the Strip's illustrious musical heritage with an event at the House of Blues on Thursday that will pay tribute to the Doors with Krieger, Manzarek and John Densmore in attendance.
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May 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
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.
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October 24, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
This post has been corrected. See the note below. I spent part of Wednesday afternoon at UCLA, on a panel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Rechy 's novel “City of Night,” newly reissued to commemorate the occasion. The book is a landmark not only of gay literature -- it tells the story of a street hustler as he moves through the shadow world of the 1950s -- but also of American literature. “City of Night” was not the first overtly gay-themed book (Radclyffe Hall's “The Well of Loneliness” appeared in 1928, and in 1956, Allen Ginsberg published his long poem “Howl,” followed, three years later, by William S. Burroughs with “Naked Lunch”)
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January 1, 2010 | By John Densmore
I played the Doors card to get into the green room. "Do you think the maestro [Gustavo Dudamel] would want to meet Jim Morrison's drummer?" I said to security. On that note, my girlfriend and I were whisked backstage at Walt Disney Concert Hall with film composer Charles Bernstein and his wife. Then we had to wait. And wait. "The Dude," as in the hot dog named after him at Pink's, was changing from his tuxedo into a polo shirt and slacks after conducting an incredibly powerful "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz.
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May 25, 2008 | John Densmore, Special to The Times
THE GREAT jazz drummer Elvin Jones carried on a constant musical conversation with John Coltrane. It inspired me to have that kind of dialogue with Jim Morrison.
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