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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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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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May 21, 2013 | By August Brown
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.
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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 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
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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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March 17, 1991 | Patrick Goldstein \f7
"Oliver Stone has assassinated Jim Morrison." That's how one of the real Doors reviews the Jim Morrison film biography. Ray Manzarek, the real-life keyboardist for the Doors, was legally bound from commenting on Oliver Stone's movie about the legendary rocker before its release. Now he's been unleashed. "The film portrays Jim as a violent, drunken fool," says Manzarek. "That wasn't Jim. When I walked out of the movie, I thought, 'Geez, who was that jerk?'
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May 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
The music that keyboardist Ray Manzarek made as part of the Doors helped define the 1960s, and also was a crucial part of the Southern California music scene in the latter half of that decade. Two generations of L.A. music met in the late 1970s when Manzarek connected with punk band X to produce the group's first four studio albums. The band's songwriters and lead singers, Exene Cervenka and bassist John Doe, reflect on the music of the Doors and their relationship with Manzarek, who died Monday at 74 of cancer.
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November 17, 1987 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
Ray Manzarek was up bright and early last Thursday morning--so early, in fact, that when he called, a reporter was still in bed. Since Manzarek had played a gig the night before, shouldn't the situation be reversed, the reporter wondered. After the show, don't most rock stars normally party until dawn? "I'm sure there's plenty of that going on, but not for me," Manzarek said. "I did my partying years ago, and believe me, enough is enough." Indeed.
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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 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 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
The music that keyboardist Ray Manzarek made as part of the Doors helped define the 1960s, and also was a crucial part of the Southern California music scene in the latter half of that decade. Two generations of L.A. music met in the late 1970s when Manzarek connected with punk band X to produce the group's first four studio albums. The band's songwriters and lead singers, Exene Cervenka and bassist John Doe, reflect on the music of the Doors and their relationship with Manzarek, who died Monday at 74 of cancer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By August Brown
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.
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May 20, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Though Jim Morrison drew much of the attention (and nearly all of the eyeballs), Ray Manzarek of the Doors did as much as any of his bandmates to define the sound of the legendary L.A. group, which helped push 1960s rock to trippy new extremes. As Pop & Hiss reported earlier , Manzarek died Monday in Germany at age 74. "Words cannot express," wrote Slash on Twitter. Added Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers: "His playing showed me the path to, and the joy of, improvisation.
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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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July 30, 1991 | JESS BRAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They wanted to see Jim Morrison. The legendary leader of the Doors being unavailable, they were willing to settle for the band's former keyboardist, Ray Manzarek. And if that meant having to deal with the other guy, well, they were ready to do that too. "I saw Jim Morrison live four times," Jonathan Davis, 45, said immediately upon being asked why he came to the Coach House Sunday night to see Manzarek with San Francisco poet Michael McClure.
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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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