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Book Title: The Doors: Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial|
The author of the book: John Densmore
ISBN 13: 9780986037900
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Date of issue: November 30th 2013
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I got my copy signed by John Densmore himself at Reckless Records in Chicago, which was awesome.
I put the book aside for a few months as I finished reading some other books on my ever-growing to-read list. As a lifelong Doors fanatic (yeah, I know, Jim died about 20 years before I was born, so I'm one of the yung'uns), this book was kind of heartbreaking to read. I'd always known that things were very tense between the remaining members of the Doors because of this lawsuit, but I guess I never realized just how bad things had become.
Other than the lovely Jim Morrison, I've always felt a closer connection to Ray Manzarek. After all, we're both born and raised Southside Chicagoans who attended one of Chicago's single-sex Catholic High Schools. My dad, even though he was also upset to hear of Ray's passing, poked a bit of fun at me, saying most people my age probably wouldn't be as upset as I was over some "old dude" dying. So, it was admittedly hard to read John's snide descriptions of, well, Ray being snide and ignorant as well. Oy vey...
This book definitely paints a different picture of Ray, Robby, and John himself. As mentioned, it breaks my heart a bit to read about the courtroom theatrics (e.g. accusing Densmore of supporting terrorists) and the disregard for the not-so-crazy idea that music is an art that can survive on its own without help from the media. It made me sad that three friends, who created the amazing music that I still love to this day, had reached such lows. At first, it made me feel uncomfortable that Ray wasn't here to defend himself (he passed about a month after the book was published) but maybe it's for the better. Okay, that sounds awful, but after reading the book, it seems like the back-and-forth and fighting amongst brothers would never end.
John at times comes across as arrogant while describing the courtroom proceedings, but he also includes some interesting asides regarding his life post-Doors that are pretty enjoyable. But overall, I would say this is definitely a book for a dedicated Doors fan, as some parts, I think, would drag on for somebody not already familiar with the story of the Doors.
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Read information about the authorJohn Paul Densmore (born December 1, 1944) is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock group The Doors from 1965 to 1973.
Born in Los Angeles, Densmore attended Santa Monica City College and Cal. State-Northridge. In 1965, he joined The Doors and remained a member until the band's dissolution in 1973. According to Densmore's own book, he quit the band on one occasion in reaction to Morrison's increasingly self-destructive behavior, although he returned the next day. He repeatedly suggested that the band stop touring, but Krieger and Manzarek were resistant to this notion. After the Doors' last performance with Morrison in New Orleans in 1970, the band agreed to cease performing live.
Densmore vetoed an offer by Cadillac for $15 million for "Break on Through (To The Other Side)". He later allowed "Riders on the Storm" to be used to sell Pirelli Tires, in England only. Densmore later stated that he "heard Jim's voice" in his ears and ended up donating the money earned to charity.
John Densmore left the world of rock-and-roll in the 1980s, moving to the world of dance as he performed with Bess Snyder and Co., touring the United States for two years.
In 1984, at La Mama Theatre in New York, he made his stage acting debut in Skins, a one-act play he had written. In 1985, he won the L.A. Weekly Theatre Award for music with Methusalem, directed by Tim Robbins. The play Rounds, which he co-produced, won the NAACP award for theatre in 1987. In 1988, he played a feature role in Band Dreams and Bebop at the Gene Dynarski Theatre. He developed and performed a one-man piece from the short story, The King of Jazz, at the Wallenboyd Theatre in 1989. With Adam Ant, he co-produced Be Bop A Lula at Theatre Theatre in 1992. He has acted in numerous TV shows, most memorably as himself in the show Square Pegs, working as a drummer for Johnny Slash's band Open 24 Hours. His film credits include: Get Crazy with Malcolm McDowell, Dudes directed by Penelope Spheeris, and The Doors directed by Oliver Stone.
Densmore wrote his best-selling autobiography, Riders On The Storm about his life and the time he spent with Morrison and The Doors, in the first chapter Densmore describes the solemn day in which he and the band finally visited Morrison's grave around three years after he had actually died; and as drummer and an influential member of The Doors, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He and Robby Krieger worked as technical advisors on the 1991 film, The Doors, but while they were impressed with Val Kilmer's performance as Morrison they were unhappy with the film as a whole.