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John Densmore is an original and founding member of The Doors. In 1993, he was inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame, and since then he has earned a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to his bestselling book, Riders on the Storm, his mostrar mais writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Nation, and Chicago Tribune, among others. He lives in Los Angeles. mostrar menos
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The Doors [1991 film] (1970) — Actor — 154 exemplares
Modern Cool (1999) — Compositor — 5 exemplares


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This was interesting, as I never knew that the remaining band members were in court dispute. Good for Densmore for fighting for what he believed the late great Jim Morrison would have fought for. Sad but true what society around us loves, money! and we all know that money cannot buy happiness.
beachbaby1124 | 10 outras críticas | Feb 16, 2024 |
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The Doors Unhinged by John Densmore is an interesting account of his legal battle with the other remaining members of The Doors (at the time) over the use of the name. That said, it went slightly off-track periodically when he would go on a bit too much about why he was waging the fight.

You'll see reviews that call him what the reviewer actually is, something about "whiny." What I think gets lost is that Densmore acknowledges that he had made a couple of missteps with regard to honoring what Jim Morrison wanted for the music. Would Morrison have changed his mind if he was still alive? Maybe, but it doesn't matter. The only definitive thing we have to go on is what he stated, repeatedly, while alive. To make it sound like anyone has the power to change his wishes because "maybe, perhaps, he would have changed his mind" is simply upset they either missed a show or they don't care about ethically abiding by an agreement they all made. All it takes is one veto.

As for using the name of the band in the name of the new band, that is misleading. Again, some reviewer falsely claimed Densmore called everyone who attended the shows too stupid to know what they were getting. They could have still capitalized on the Doors name by doing as Densmore suggested, billing themselves as two former members of the band. Insisting on implementing Doors into their band name was misleading, and intentionally so, or they would have used the alternative.

The writing is uneven but the story says a lot about how people will readily decide to renege on their word if it means more money. As great a keyboardist as Manzarek was, the band would not have been the smash they were without Morrison's words and his persona. Abiding by the word you gave to Morrison doesn't seem like too much to ask. If you believed you would be successful without Morrison you could have not agreed to the terms and stopped working with him, and been any one of the many wonderfully talented session musicians. Manzarek knew what would take good music into the area of iconic music, and it was Morrison. Don't break your word, especially to the one who allowed you to have a comfortable lifestyle well beyond your talent would have afforded otherwise.

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pomo58 | 10 outras críticas | Feb 7, 2024 |
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Received this book for advance review. A rather interesting and raw take on not only the music business but the goings on of the lawsuit between Krieger, Manzarek and John Densmore. Despite what the media and at times what Densmore said bout Jim, it is quite obvious he garnered a fair amount of respect for him. You honestly cannot blame him for being somewhat salty about the whole situation. It's a dirty business and in end there are lots of knives protruding from backsides. The book is well put together, but upon reading it some may feel the stickiness left behind and feel slightly tainted when listening to the DOORS after absorbing this. But don't let it. It's only rock and roll is far from a truthful rallying cry... no matter what Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones says.… (mais)
JHemlock | 10 outras críticas | Jan 16, 2024 |
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This was an interesting story of the living members of The Doors, giving the reader a behind the scenes look into the business side of music. John Densmore writes in a way that makes a complicated legal issue easier to follow and understand. It is admirable how he describes his situation with honesty and integrity. I definitely recommend! (I received a free copy of this book through the Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review).
Carrie88 | 10 outras críticas | Dec 9, 2023 |


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