JOHN DENSMORE, AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER RIDERS ON THE STORM, FIGHTS TO DEFEND JIM MORRISON’S LEGACY
In the late 1960s, America was in political and cultural revolt. The Doors weren’t just a soundtrack to that revolution. Their music gave it a voice. They lived by its ideals. And in a garage in Venice, CA, the four members of the band agreed to a business relationship that was also revolutionary; each member of the band would share equal songwriting credit and equal veto power. All for one, one for all. And for almost forty years, even after the death of lead singer Jim Morrison, that progressive 60s ethos guided the former band mates in all their decisions. Until one day the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll came up against its biggest nemesis—money—and the legendarily equal relationship between the remaining members of the Doors began to splinter.
Drummer John Densmore’s THE DOORS: UNHINGED is the true story of the court case that put Jim Morrison’s legacy on trial and divided the former band mates in half, with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger on one side, and John Densmore and the estate of Jim Morrison on the other.
John Densmore is a man of unwavering integrity. Bravo John!
Jim is lucky to have you in his corner. Thanks for the great read. I understand the music industry a fragment more.
You are a man of great principles.....If only more of your contemporaries shared your views.
Stick more to the topic
The inside scoop of what really went down over the "Doors" of the 21st Century is very interesting. I had seen the videos of Ian astbury playing with Ray and Robbie and while nobody can replace Jim, I thought Ian came across pretty well. I thought it would be cool to go see them and at the time, I thought Densmore was being a jerk for keeping the band from doing what they wanted to do. Now I see that he was just doing what the band originally agreed to do.
Had the book stuck to this topic, it would have been great, but Densmore often drifts off to "Save the whales" type diatribes. I got nothing against this per se, but I think it would fit better in a separate book.
Brilliance in Simplicity
I've always been skeptical about books written by rock stars as it could go on and on and on. But being an unflinching Doors fan curiosity did get me and I downloaded a sample of the book and I absolutely became glued to it. The way it was written has my imagination transporting me back to the late 1960's like a "fly on the wall" just listening,thinking and understanding what it was like seeing everything they saw and experienced back in those days as young musicians. It's written simply but brilliantly and honestly and it's just excellent work by John. Thank goodness he's keeping the legacy of the Doors honest and up front for young Doors fans like me. :)