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“I think we were the first kind of jazz-influenced rock band. We’d stretch out our songs and do more instrumental stuff.” –Robby Krieger speaking with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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“Few performers have been so consistently controversial as James Douglas Morrison, the vocalist and songwriter of the Doors. And none has caused so many writers to construct so much gothic imagery in an effort to describe the mystique.” –Rolling Stone, July 1969.

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He was the best in his time? Cool dark and charismatic at the same time
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“The Hollywood Bowl is the show to see. It was a magical night. It was a big deal to play the Hollywood Bowl. We were all so excited. We'd had dinner with Mick Jagger just before the show and he was right in the front. For any fan of The Doors -- young or old -- this is really the way it was; this is the way to see what it was all about.” –John Densmore on the legendary Doors performance at Hollywood Bowl on July 5th 1968.
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“I just tried to sound like myself—I consciously avoided copying Chuck Berry or BB King because that’s what everyone was doing.” – Robby Krieger speaking with Guitar World
“I just tried to sound like myself—I consciously avoided copying Chuck Berry or BB King because that’s what everyone was doing.” – Robby Krieger speaking...
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Prior to them getting a contract Jim would hang around with Love in their studio they also have a unique sound :)
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“Maybe you could call us erotic politicians. We're a rock'n'roll band, a blues band, just a band, but that's not all. A Doors concert is a public meeting called by us for a special kind of dramatic discussion and entertainment.” –Jim on The Doors’ live shows.

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“Maybe you could call us erotic politicians. We're a rock'n'roll band, a blues band, just a band, but that's not all. A Doors concert is a public meeting...
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“What a funky night. Jim singing his ass off with the prod in the butt by a legendary old blues man.” – Ray Manzarek

Albert King joined The Doors on stage at The Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC June 6th, 1970.
“What a funky night. Jim singing his ass off with the prod in the butt by a legendary old blues man.” – Ray Manzarek Albert King joined The Doors on...
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Great and rare picture! Thank you!
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Play it loud: “Light My Fire” made its way up to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 today in 1967.
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Which is your favorite Doors song that evokes the feeling of “summer”?
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Love street. and love me twox
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Fact: In 1967, Buffalo Springfield proclaimed that The Doors were their favorite LA band on Murray The K’s WOR-FM show.
Fact: In 1967, Buffalo Springfield proclaimed that The Doors were their favorite LA band on Murray The K’s WOR-FM show.
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"The teens had belonged to the Doors; their amalgam of sensuality and asceticism, mysticism and machine-like power had won these lushly beautifully children heart and soul, and the kids had made them the biggest American group in rock music." - Michael Lydon, The New York Times, 1968
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“The Doors were those most dangerous of revolutionaries: populists. Their hooky melodies and the tousle-headed Greek God looks of lead singer Jim Morrison opened gates and hearts that their intellectualism and frequent musical exoticism might otherwise have caused to be closed to them.” –BBC Music, 2011

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Would love to hear their last two albums :)
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I was a U2 virgin until show #4 in LA. Larry & I had a pow wow about drumming. Bono told me that it was a special nite having me there which immediately filled my skull with helium. THEN he sang a few lines from "Break on Thru" in the 2nd song!! - John Densmore

"Break on Thru" starts around the 6:00 mark. https://youtu.be/7-DC5d_tLlk

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The official Google + for the legendary band, The Doors.
Introduction
With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

The Doors' arrival on the rock scene in 1967 marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone classics, but also of something much bigger - a new and deeper relationship between creators and audience. Refusing to be mere entertainers, the Los Angeles quartet relentlessly challenged, confronted and inspired their fans, leaping headfirst into the heart of darkness while other bands warbled about peace and love. Though they've had scores of imitators, there's never been another band quite like them. And 40 years after their debut album, The Doors' music and legacy are more influential than ever before.

Morrison's mystical command of the frontman role may be the iconic heart of The Doors, but the group's extraordinary power would hardly have been possible without the virtuosic keyboard tapestries of Ray Manzarek, the gritty, expressive fretwork of guitarist Robby Krieger and the supple, dynamically rich grooves of drummer John Densmore. From baroque art-rock to jazz-infused pop to gutbucket blues, the band's instrumental triad could navigate any musical territory with aplomb - and all three contributed mightily as songwriters.

The group was born when Morrison and Manzarek - who'd met at UCLA's film school - met again, unexpectedly, on the beach in Venice, CA, during the summer of 1965. Though he'd never intended to be a singer, Morrison was invited to join Manzarek's group Rick and the Ravens on the strength of his poetry. Krieger and Densmore, who’d played together in the band Psychedelic Rangers, were recruited soon thereafter; though several bassists auditioned of the new collective, none could furnish the bottom end as effectively as Manzarek's left hand. Taking their name from Aldous Huxley's psychotropic monograph The Doors of Perception, the band signed to Elektra Records following a now-legendary gig at the Whisky-a-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.

Their eponymous first album, released in January 1967, kicked off with "Break on Through (to the Other Side)" and also featured the chart smash "Light My Fire", the scorching "Back Door Man" and the visionary masterpiece "The End". The Doors arrived fully formed, capable of rocking the pop charts and the avant-garde with one staggering disc. Before '67 was over, they'd issued the ambitious follow-up Strange Days, with such gems as "Love Me Two Times", "People
Are Strange" and "When the Music's Over".

Next came 1968's Waiting for the Sun, boasting "Hello, I Love You", "Love Street" and "Five to One". Over the next few years they minded over new territory on such albums as 1969's The Soft Parade (featuring "Touch Me" and "Tell All the People"), 1970's Morrison Hotel (which includes "Roadhouse Blues", "Peace Frog" and "Queen of the Highway") and 1971's L.A. Woman (boasting "Rider's on the Storm", "Love Her Madly" and the title track).

They released six studio albums in all, as well as a live album and a compilation, before Morrison's death in 1971. their electrifying achievements in the studio and onstage were unmatched in the annals of rock; and though Morrison's death meant the end of an era, Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore collaborated on two more original Doors albums, Other Voices and Full Circle, and a set of tracks they composed to accompany Morrison's 1969 recording of his poetry, released in 1978 as An American Prayer. They also pursued individual music projects, books, theatrical productions and other enterprises - and remain restlessly creative to this day.

In the decades since the Doors' heyday, the foursome has loomed ever larger in the pantheon of rock - and they remain a touchstone of insurrectionary culture for writers, activists, visual artists and other creative communities. Their songs, featured in an ever-increasing number of films, TV shows, video games and remixes, always sound uncannily contemporary. No matter how the musical and cultural tides turn, The Doors will always be ready to help a new wave of listeners break on through to the other side.