“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.” – William Blake
“I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos—especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.” – Jim Morrison
“The Doors embodied—incarnated—a major upheaval in popular culture. Their music was of the times and it shaped the times.” – Jac Holzma
“The Doors, more than any other group I can think of, brought theater to rock and roll . . . Morrison was a video performer before his time.” – Digby Diehl
“Jim Morrison—it’s a strange story—that he drowned in a bathtub in Paris. It seems a Goddamned odd thing to happen. I never believed it for a minute.” – William S. Burroughs
“Morrison was a dangerous mind. He read books. Huxley, Rimbaud, Artaud, and perhaps Milton. He was an intellectual and artistic anarchist . . . When talking of The Doors, the sheer presence of Morrison makes us sometimes forget how brilliant Krieger, Densmore, and Manzarek were as players and songsmiths. Morrison needed a highly sympathetic sonic wildernes to wander in, and they were right there for him. It was a perfect fit.” – Henry Rollins
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Drawing upon unique sources, Rich Weidman digs deep and serves up fresh perspective on the music, from the garage to the hits to the outtakes; and on the band’s members, from their roots, influences, and key industry partners to their rare talents, personal foibles, love affairs, and arrests. This volume also details every studio album and live recording, all the highs and lows of the Doors in concert (including the notorious 1969 Miami concert), Morrison’s 40-day trial, and the death of the “Lizard King” in Paris in 1971, as well as post-Morrison milestones. Unlike the straightforward narratives of other Doors biographies, this inventive, ceremonious biographical collage leaves no stone unturned, covering the band both with Morrison and post-Morrison, including the 2010 When You’re Strange documentary and the recent pardon of Morrison by the State of Florida for the Miami concert. Countless rare images from album art to ticket stubs to posters accompany the text, in this dazzling edition of solid rock scholarship.