The Doors
1965
United States
Music group
The Doors are one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.

The band recorded some of the darkest and most challenging music of their time. Rolling Stone states: What is so distinctive about the Los Angeles monster group is how the musicians - especially the multifaceted Ray Manzarek - successfully melded rock, jazz-inspired improvisation, and Weill-esque angularity into dramatic settings for Morrison's haunting baritone and acid-damaged poetry. (...) Whether you feel that Morrison was a brilliant and complex modern-day shaman or a second-rate pretty-boy poet who lost it to alcohol and pills, it's impossible to deny the long-lasting impact the Doors have had on rock 'n' roll.

From the start, the Doors' focus was the charismatic vocalist Jim Morrison, who was born as James Douglas Morrison on 8 December 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, USA. He proved increasingly unstable over the group's brief career. In 1969, Morrison was arrested for indecent exposure during a concert in Miami, an incident that nearly derailed the band.

Nevertheless, the Doors managed to turn out a series of successful albums and singles through 1971, when, upon the completion of L.A. Woman, Morrison decamped for Paris. He died there on3 July, 1971, apparently of a drug overdose.

The three surviving Doors tried to carry on without him, but ultimately disbanded.
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