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The Doors legacy on the Sunset Strip

The Doors legacy on the Sunset Strip

SSMF honors The Doors

The Doors. "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite" –Aldous Huxley/ The Doors of Perception.

In July of 1965, Jim Morrison bumped into a former fellow UCLA film student Ray Manzarek on Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Ray was in a band called “Rick and the Ravens” with his brothers when Morrison mentioned he was writing lyrics. With much coaxing, Ray had Jim sing one of them for him. That song was “Moonlight Drive” and it was not long after that the two formed a band with John Densmore (a drummer for The Psychedelic Rangers) and musicians from the Rangers and bass player Pat Sullivan and cut a six-song demo. Shortly after, they hired on Robby Krieger as lead guitarist.

The band played several gigs on the Sunset Strip, most notably “The London Fog” and “The Whisky A Go-Go”. The latter club ended up giving them the status of house band in which they were soon discovered by Elektra Records President Jac Holzman and were signed on, beginning the professional career of the Doors.

It was a turbulent time for their start, and they were even fired from the Whisky at one point for lewd lyrics and behavior on the behalf of frontman Jim Morrison during a performance of “The End.” Another time while doing The Ed Sullivan Show, they were asked to take the word “Higher” from their song “Light My Fire” in which Jimbo belted out the lyric on national TV. This enraged Sullivan and said they’d never do the Sullivan show again; Jim replied “Man, we already did the Sullivan show.”

The Doors are being honored this year at the Sunset Strip Music Festival happening August 16-20. Many musicians, including headliner Marilyn Manson, will be paying homage to the iconic group.

Ray Manzarek is quoted as saying this about the honor at this years festival: “The Doors are honored to be celebrated by the magical, legendary Strip. A great leap forward from the Summer Of Love to today. What a great time we’re going to have! The Sunset Strip. Live bands, loud music, Rock and Roll. It’s the ‘60s all over again, and everyone is welcome. Dancing in the streets. Joy, Love, Peace. And we want to get it all together just One – More – TIME! Could this be the beginning of the new Golden Age? Let it be so.”