The Doors Biography Essays

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The Doors Biography


From their beginnings during the summer of 1965 at Venice Beach, California, The Doors were a band of creative energy, with most of the focus on Jim Morrison. His looks and talents clearly tell why. Jim was well aware that the magic of The Doors could never have happened without the fortunate talents of John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison. Robby Krieger, for example, wrote lyrics and music that sounded a lot like Morrison's work, such songs as "Light My Fire," "Love Me Two Times," and "Love Her Madly." There are many that think Jim was the only creative poet in the band, when in fact there were two.
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By April 1971, The Doors had recorded six landmark studio LP's and a two record set of live performances. The first seven discs with producer Paul A. Rothchild and the last one co produced by The Doors and their career long engineer Bruce Botnick. The Doors and Elektra had grown into world famed institutions.
The band's un stated goal was to accomplish musical alchemy, to fuse rock music with both existent poetry and improvisational theater. Jim was influenced by the nineteenth century poet Arthur Rimbaud and he dutifully imparted Rimbaud's philosophy to the group. Rimbaud advocated a systematic "rational derangement of all the senses in order to achieve the unknown."
Morrison was a man who would not, could not, and did not know how to compromise himself or his art. He was driven to go all the way or die trying, the ultimate ecstatic risk taker. Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore's contribution to this state of creative bliss cannot be underestimated. Jim's improves onstage required the other three Doors to not merely play arrangements but to follow Jim's unplanned creativity perfectly in one of the music's classic and most difficult feats the art of perceptive chords. Jim once said, "For me, it was never really an act, those so called performances. It was a life and death thing, an attempt to communicate, to involve many people in a private
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