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Monday's Connector: The Doors

July 14th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

They're one of the most legendary bands on the planet and nearly fifty years after they formed, The Doors are still entertaining audiences in one way or another.

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Comprised of Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and the late Jim Morrison, The Doors were one of the most controversial bands during the so-called Woodstock era in the late 1960s.

The group's most well-known member, Jim Morrison was the lead singer of the group and many of his songs are still played on radio waves.

Their first album released in 1967 and was titled "The Doors." The album features one of the band's most famous songs - the 12 minute epic, "The End."

The band's second single, "Light my Fire," was another big hit for the group and it sold over eight million copies.

Between 1967 and 1971, the band released a total of seven albums.

On July 3 1971, the lead singer of the group, Jim Morrison, was discovered dead at a Paris hotel room.

Although the remaining three members of the band continued to perform and release albums, their allure was slighty diminished with the absence of Morrison.

A new documentary called "When you're Strange," chronicles the life and adventures of the group with archive footage and exclusive interviews.

The documentary was filmed by Tom DiCillo and features John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.

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  1. THOMAS DSOUZA

    Hi Guys,
    Am from India and always a fan of your music.
    The Doors first album is really great and my favourite track
    Love me two times.
    Love the special Keyboards from the first album.
    tks,
    Thomas

    July 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  2. Big Mr. G

    Man I got SO stoned to you guys back in the day. I guess we have all grown since then. I haven't seen the movie yet so please pardon my question, but was drug use pretty prevalent in the band back in the late 60's? Also where was your "happy place" that you guys would go to so you could just relax and do some writing?

    Thanks, in so many ways.

    Mr. G

    July 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  3. Big Mr. G

    Oh ya I forgot to say where I'm from, Canada.

    July 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  4. ROBERT SIMINGTON

    How accurate (or inaccurate) was the Oliver Stone film The Doors and how much input did each of you have during the making of the film?

    From Siloam Springs, Arkansas

    July 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  5. Andy Falconer

    Why isn't John working with you guys and what's the state of play with the Doors 2000 project. Will there be an album?

    July 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  6. Dave N.

    I'm hoping that you will comment on the many rumors as to the final day of Jim Morrison and the manner in which he passed on. Do you subscribe at all to the belief that he faked his own death?

    July 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  7. Julius

    Hey Ray and Robby. Have been a fan for years. Just wondering two things 1) After the Eurpoe part of the tour do you plan on doing any dates in Michigan? and 2) Will Other Voicesand Full Circle ever be released offically on cd?

    From Saginaw, Michigan

    July 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  8. AD from NC

    For Ray: I've watched many of your taped interviews and read about you and the band after listening to the Doors a great deal. One thing that has struck me about your career is your intuitive understanding of those around you and the cultural zeitgeist of a given time. So, I've wondered the following: do you like the times we are in now? Is it creative and interesting enough for you now in comparison to your youth, the 60's-70s' etc.? I'm not a reconstructed hipppie or a nostalgia buff btw. Just a 44-year marketing exec and father of four who is intrigued by creative people and what they are seeing in our culture. Thank you for the great music.

    July 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  9. marki d-mark

    i was born in 57´and thoroughly loved your music. I used to write your lyrics all over my covered Catholic school spiritual books and on numerous notes passed back and forth in class. You 4 seemed to be on a adventure that was uniquely different than the rest of the groups, not just the music, but the lyrics, the message, the take on life. Looking back, was it just "it happened too quick to control it man" or was there a pre-determined path that you all were on and had no control of ?

    July 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  10. mr mojo risin

    what is your take on Jim faking his death to get away?

    July 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  11. Andrew Morriss

    When you played at The London Fog nobody ever came in. You described it as "a very depressing experience". What kept you going through those early times before the band's success? Was it always clear to you that The Doors would be all that they became, or did you have any doubts?

    July 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  12. The Shaman of Shaman Strings

    To Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger

    Hi Ray and Robby,
    Ray, I read your book on the Doors. Thanks for the insight. I've also hung out at Venice Beach [even sold some of my artwork on the boardwalk].

    Also hung out in Paris at Jim's grave various times. I've watched fans weep out of love and appreciation for Jim and the Doors.

    My question concerns "creating live in the moment."
    Of course we have live recordings etc. In my "Shaman Strings" music I try to create live, new in the moment ... taking the Shaman-like energies of a live show or recording session to create poetry and lyrics, new each time.

    How much of this "creation in the moment" did the band do [outside of Jam Sessions with songs we all know]?

    "The End" or 'When the Musics Over" can get very long with improv. Did you ever create new songs in the moment, just letting it go with the shaman energies? If so, was any of this recorded?

    Thanks,
    Scot, the Shaman of Shaman Stings.
    [writing from Trier, Germany]

    July 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  13. Norman

    The other day, I heard a Doors song. Which one was it?

    July 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  14. Helen Clare

    Fantastic to see Doors footage on the big screen. A first for me.

    What was actually happening in the studio when Jim Morrison was seemingly have some kind of fit and twitching around? I found this footage was quite disturbing.

    July 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  15. Old_hippie

    Hi guys, thanks so much for all the great music. I've been a HUGE Doors fan since the very first LP and seen you guys live lots of times.

    Pertaining to Jim's sometimes erratic onstage behavior –

    I saw you guys at the Family Dog in Denver December 31 1967 (New Year's Eve show) – and Jim was so drunk / out of it he could barely sing (Ray had to cover some of the vocals) – he was trying to hit members of the audience by swinging his mike at the crowd, was pretending to expose himself, cursing the audience, etc etc. I though that either the cops or one of Chet Helms' guys was actually gonna' stop the show!

    Please be honest – Jim could be wonderful as a person and performer, but honestly, didn't at least *some* of you guys get tired of it or angry at him for occasionally blowing it in public like that?

    July 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  16. Enoch

    I have always wondered why you never had a bass player. Ray, your playing was amazing, including your bass lines. Just curious.

    July 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  17. teri adams

    how were the keyboards of ray and the vocals of jim originallyy arranged to compliment one another so well?

    July 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  18. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger and Raymond Daniel Manczarek and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from The Doors on the following questions:
    – What is your opinion on the way your employer Warner Music Group (Elektra Records and Rhino Entertainment Company) is Helping their Artists to manage their Personal Life with their Music and Entertainment work?
    – What is your opinion on the way Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, California Governor, is handling the Heroin, Cocaine and Marihuana use in the Dark side of the Music World in the State of California?
    – What is your opinion on Sexual or Pornography Addiction under Teenage Musicians?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger and Raymond Daniel Manczarek’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    July 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  19. Maria

    Why have you allowed the final film images (crystal ship video)? I had read that Jim Morrison required to Paul Ferrara to destroy them. Do you believe it's a bit disrespectful for his old friend died? They are the only centimeters from his skin we had not seen yet in the last 40 years. He said once also he had a brain, not just arms, legs, etc. Do you think that his sexy singer image has hidden his poetic talent?

    My favorite song is When the music's over.
    I am writing from Madrid, Spain

    July 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  20. Heli

    First of all, you are amazing. I saw your performance as Riders On the Storm in Helsinki (I'm writing from Finland) a couple of years back and it was one of the best nights of my life.

    Now, the questions... There are so many of them, but these are the ones that I've wondered about for a long time. 1. Do you have any regrets regarding Mr. Morrison and the time you shared with him as a member of your band and as a personal friend? 2. If this was then, would you do anything differently? 3. Emotionally, how long and difficult/easy of a process was it to decide to start touring again as Riders on the Storm and to find someone to sing the songs you wrote together with Mr. Morrison?

    July 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  21. littledebbieoatmealcookie

    Other Voices and Full Circle are very under-rated records; I'm sorry that you were not able to continue creating music;

    I was very reluctant to ever listen to either of them; however after I wiki'd the records and learned that you created them as a trio, I figured that the burdened of authenticity had not been jeopardized, so I gave them a shot;

    now I listen to these records regularly, and would now feel comfortable seeing a performance, identified as a Doors concert, with the other three guys ... what are their names??

    July 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  22. Mattva

    Just saw the film and thought it was extremely well done. It clearly depicted how the unique talents of each member meshed to create this perfect storm of a band.

    At the time did you guys have any idea of how great you were, how influential and timeless your music would become and that it would still be vital and relevant 50 years on?

    Thanks from Sweden

    July 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  23. Chad

    Hey Ray and Robbie !!

    What do you guess think of Tribute bands like Wild Child of LA, The Soft Parade of New England, or even The Carnival Doors of Atlanta ? Are they flattering to you ? I've seen you at Chastain twice and at the Storytellers shoot in LA back in 2001 and can't wait to see you again.

    Chad from Atlanta

    July 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  24. Biff

    Howdy....from Costa Rica....been a huge fan since puberty....your music had a profound affect during a crucial period of my life. Wanted to know how long after you came together as a band and began playing local clubs did get signed?

    Pura Vida

    July 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  25. Tom

    To Robbie Krieger: Who were your influences on guitar? In my opinion, you are the most eclectic guitarist in rock history and my personal favorite.

    From Hebron, Indiana

    July 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  26. JEFF McEWEN

    DO YOU THINK THE THREE OF YOU WILL EVER PLAY TOGETHER AGAIN.
    I HOPE SO.
    THANKS GUYS. JEFF

    July 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  27. Vj

    Did Jim let you guys know ahead of time that he wasn't going to change
    the lyrics "we couldn't get much higher" on the Ed Sullivan Show?

    Vj

    July 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  28. V

    Hello Gentlemen!
    I wanted to ask something more about the music you hear today. What current musicians/bands/performers do you enjoy and why? What is missing from music now versus what you feel was present and important when you were in the band together? And lastly, I guess I really want to know what is (one, because I'm sure there are many) of your favorite memories being in the band? Thank you so much for being amazing people and doing what you do best.

    -V.C.S.

    July 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  29. Mel

    Hi, I'm writing this from the Dominican Republic, and I'd like to ask a very difficult question. I've been a fan of Jim's ever since I saw the film "The Doors", but the rocker that I saw in the movie seemed to be a little, well, off his rocker. While trying to avoid offending anybody, I would like to ask if there was a possibility that Jim was emotionally unstable, mentally ill, even? Some of his writings in his books were pretty scary. Or was he just a normal human being under the influence of too many drugs? Please do not take these questions the wrong way, i'm just curious.

    July 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  30. brent maupin

    perhaps i can find this at your faq if you have it, but id like to ask what you think about stones movie and also, in the absence of an autopsy, what you think really happened to morrison. cheers brent maupin

    July 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  31. Jules

    I remember when The Doors were playing in Hollywood at The Whiskey a Go Go and then in London at The Roundhouse ( which in my opinion was the best concert ever) – it last dusk to dawn with Jefferson Airplane playing also. I was 15 and my mom went crazy in the hotel room but it was something that I just had to do and loved every minute of it. Do you remember the concert and is there any copies of it available?

    From LA California

    July 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  32. Frank Fineggan

    I know the band was concerned with the Vietnam War, racial issues, and the culture of change, but did the band members discuss the emerging concern of class tension, class struggle, and class inequality? Ironically, didn't most of the band members come from money, or at least a middle class upbringing? Finally, why is so little of the music autobiographical, unlike The Beatles?

    July 14, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  33. Robert

    Is Jim still alive?

    Robert/Germany

    July 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  34. Jean Paul, Valenciennes, France

    Hi there,
    'Tell all the people' is one of my favourite songs: it's an ode to life, it's both sad and joyful, in the end it is so positive, optimistic and there is so much energy in Jim's voice: could you PLEASE tell me more about the story of this song, backstages, anecdotes, if any, so next time I listen to it, it will have even more magic. I really hope you satisfy my request.
    Thanks for your eternal music!

    July 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  35. TIM NELSON

    Hey guys, Ray I met you a few years back at Phoenix college and Robby I met you and your son a few times when you both performed in Scottsdale at Andersons fifth estate. I was a litte to young to see the DOORS, but have been lucky to see the new Doors eigth times including just last october in Phoenix where live. I liked Ian the best as
    Lead singer, which one is your favorite? ( JIM DOESN'T COUNT).
    Thank for the music and the memories.
    Tim..

    July 15, 2010 at 1:26 am | Reply
  36. ed w.

    I am from chicago.
    My question is for mr. krieger. What is your opinion of ray manzarek's keyboard playing.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:12 am | Reply
  37. Ronald van Overdijk, Netherlands

    Dear Mr. Krieger,

    I heard you are writing a book about your time with the Doors (if true, looking forward to it!!). My question is when it;s been published??

    Mr. Manzarek: How is your relationship with Mr. Densmore after all the lawsuits??

    All the best to you guys and...THANKS FOR THE MUSIC!!

    Ronald van Overdijk
    The Netherlands

    July 15, 2010 at 5:23 am | Reply
  38. Tina

    As you look back... What do you feel when you hear Jim Morrison's song "Money beats soul"?
    From Spain

    July 15, 2010 at 6:29 am | Reply
  39. Ian from Sydney

    What comes after 'The End', my friend?

    July 15, 2010 at 10:44 am | Reply
  40. Keira

    Hello,

    I'd like to know, to what to do you attribute the longevity of your music and the multi-generational appeal?

    Also, what is your opinion about the status of rock music today? Do you think there are talented artists out there or just recording company creations with marginal or no talent??

    Thanks,

    Keira
    NY

    July 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  41. Mark

    For Ray –

    You grew up not far from my Dad's house at Archer Avenue & Lorel. You guys may have played against each other in some summer ballgames – I know he was up to McKinley Park quite a bit. Went to HS out of state though, instead of St. Rita.

    Question – when was the last time you were in the old neighborhood to visit or drive by old haunts? The neighborhood has changed, and your old house was up for sale a couple years back. Just curious if you ever get back to see what your old neighborhood is like nowadays.

    Mark (from Brighton Park-area of Chicago)

    July 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  42. Adrian

    Hi, I was wondering about the pre-Doors film-school days: How did Mary Werbelow and Jim Morrison's break-up affect Jim? Did he talk about it, or just kind of go quiet?

    July 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Reply
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