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The Doors

Rock group formed in Los Angeles in 1965 led by Jim Morrison. Morrison left the group in 1970 and died on 7/3/71.

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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Dec 29, 2012
I think The Doors is one of the "classic rock" bands that have aged better with me than most others.  Even with frequent airplay on classic rock radio, "The Other Side" is still a fresh tune, and "The End" is a classic with me.
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January 01, 2013
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Quick Tip by . August 31, 2010
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Jim Morrison was a poetic genius! I loved "The Doors" from the moment I heard the music. Unfortunately, I was only 12 when he did his infamous Miami concert, so I was not in attendance, I had older friends that were and said it was a wild show.      My faves are, "L A Woman," "Riders on the Storm," "This is the End." I still listen to them at least once a week. I am so disappointed that Morrison died so young. Oh what could have been? By …
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The Doors were a four person musical band of the 1960s and early 1970s, consisting of Jim Morrison (vocals, b. 1943 d. 1971), Ray Manzarek (organ, keyboard, b. 1939), Robbie Krieger (guitar, b. 1946) and John Densmore (drums, b. 1944)

The group started in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, after a meeting between UCLA film school graduates Morrison and Manzarek. Morrison sang Manzarek some of his poetry and song lyrics including "Moonlight Drive." Manzarek was already in a band called Rick And The Ravens while Krieger and Densmore were playing with The Psychedelic Rangers, but knew Manzarek from shared meditation instruction. The latter two, along with a female bass player, were rapidly recruited and the band took up a number of club residences first at LA's "London Fog" and later the "Whiskey-A-Go-Go".
 
To fans of the Doors, the music included socially and politically charged lyrics mostly written by Jim Morrison. The jazz drumming of John Densmore, the swirling keyboards of Ray Manzarek, whose left hand played the parts typically associated with bass guitar, and Robbie Krieger's guitar playing, which showed the influence of flamenco, Indian, the blues and classical music, combined to form a distinctive sound.

The band took their name from a line in a book by Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception, which was in turn borrowed from a line of poetry by the 18th century artist and poet William Blake: "If the doors of perception ...

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