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Light My Fire: My Life With the Doors ebook

by Ray Manzarek


Ray passed away a few years ago, so enjoy these words from someone who was THERE, and lived the life, and fuelled us with his inspired Vox keyboard playing.

The best book yet about The Doors  . Ray passed away a few years ago, so enjoy these words from someone who was THERE, and lived the life, and fuelled us with his inspired Vox keyboard playing. BS. I knew Jim, so I also knew Ray, John and Robby. This book is typical Ray Manzarek still lost on a trip trying to protect the name of a drunken self destructive burnt out genius, who also was his dearest friend.

Ray Manzarek wrote a terrific memoir of his life in the Doors. I've read several books on the Doors, and this one is a must read if you want to be on the inside. The writing is great, and you won't be bored. Thanks Ray for sharing, and we'll miss you!

Ray Manzarek, a gifted musician heavily influenced by the Chicago blues sound back home, arrives in southern . In the summer of 1965, Manzarek runs into Morrison on the sands of Venice beach

Ray Manzarek, a gifted musician heavily influenced by the Chicago blues sound back home, arrives in southern California and enters the UCLA film program. There he befriends a fellow film student from Florida named Jim Morrison. In the summer of 1965, Manzarek runs into Morrison on the sands of Venice beach. Morrison mentions that he has written a couple of songs; he sings them for Ray, and Manzarek is overwhelmed by the potential for their artistic collaboration. Jim, man, with your words and my keyboards-there’s nobody doing this.

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Ray Manzarek co-founded "The Doors" with Jim Morrison in 1965. Someone must have lit a fire under him.,, . seful english dictionary. Light My Fire (book) - Light My Fire is a memoir published in 1998 by The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek. Their original mix of jazz, classical, Californian surf, Flamenco guitar and Chicago blues made a great impact on the music of the day. Manzarek's story illuminates the dark myths and lays to rest the rumours about the band. It contains valuable information about Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors.

Light my fire: my life with the doors. A Berkley Boulevard Book, published by arrangement with the author. Book design by Judith Stagnitto Abbate. Interior photo of lotus flower by Jonelle Weaver.

Light My Fire Ray Manzarek. Voted one of the year's best books for business owners in 2010 by Inc magazine. Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors and one of the most influential keyboard players in the history of rock, has died in Germany. Ray Manzarek showing how a regular Doors song is played. One of the greatest keyboardist ever. By James Fox, Keith Richards: Life by -Hachette Audio-.

Manzarek Takes You With Him. By Thriftbooks. com User, July 15, 2000. Until now. Now, unequivocally, it's "Light My Fire: My Life With The Doors," by Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player and co-founder (along with Jim Morrison) of The Doors.

Capturing the turbulent world of the psychedelic 1960s, a cofounder of The Doors describes the origins of the legendary rock group and their music, details their nihilistic lifestyle, and offers insight into the life and times of rock icon Jim Morrison. 85,000 first printing.
Quendant
I've been a Doors fan since I was a kid. If you love their music and want to get some insightful stories about the band and how they got started then this is a great book. I've seen Ray Manzerek interviewed many times so I thought his writing style was very similar to how he talked and naturally expressed himself. I think some of the things that other reviewers got snarky about are very minor. There is a bit of sparkle dust in his rhetoric but he is not only a product of those times but a key driver of some wonderful movements, I mean like who can't get behind peace or love? I hated the movie about the Doors but I was in awe of the performance by Kilmer. It does seem that the film went out of its way to present a very untrue version of Jim. So, Ray speaks directly to Oliver Stone in a couple of passages and lets fly his deep seated ire! Those were different times, and there wasn't really the vast array of help available for alcoholics or substance abusers in general. And the prevailing attitude was not to interfere or pass judgement... But it was interesting that the band did stage an actual intervention and Jim agreed that he knew he had a drinking problem that was destroying his health. Ray often mentioned he viewed Jim as having a second persona when he was drunk "Jimbo" and I guess you can hear that in many of the live recordings. I think it was interesting that Jim also met creatively with the band but hung out with other people and got wasted. The real truth of Jim's death was revealed by the estate of Jim's girlfriend after the publication of this book. He was given a hot dose of heroin by a Paris dealer who didn't respond well to "Jimbo"... In the end I think Jim's plan was to wean himself off of alcohol and re-emerge on a different more clean high than alcohol, but he maybe didn't consider the dangers of trading one addiction for another. Jim had many plans with the band and beyond: film, poetry, acting etc. I think Ray above all was best at talking about the inspirations and foundations of many of the Doors' songs and albums. Ray was a musical genius that helped transcribe into music the poetry and often cinematic images that dwelled in the creative mind of Jim Morrison. If anything this book underscores the music and does not overly dwell on Jim's tragic death. I think Ray always celebrated the music and friendship that made one year last much longer than five.
IWAS
The author spends the first half of the book detailing his childhood and college years in Chicago, so the title (My Life With the Doors) is a little misleading. He also gets a little too caught up in the imagery of the muse (in its various manifestations). That being said, from the time Jim and Ray bump into each other on the beach and share future song lyrics, I was hooked. The Doors were my favorite band and were only supplanted by the Moody Blues when I was freshman in college (1970-71). Both, along with The Who, rate high in my book.

Ray shows exceptional perception in his depiction of Jim as a dead man walking. Something inside Jim longed to destroy both the success of The Doors and ultimately himself. Had Ray been older (about 25 years) when all this was going on, as he states in the book, he might have had some idea how to try and guide Jim away from his alter-ego ("Jimbo") and away from self destruction. Still, of course, it was Jim's life and no one was going to tell him what to do. Sad story, really. Immensely talented individuals whose sum was greater than the parts.
OwerSpeed
From the opening lines Ray’s autobiography is imbued with a personal touch which contrasts Mick Wall’s cynicism. The prose is livelier, more intellectual and well crafted. Ray’s melodramatic style, turns of phrase and references to the 60’s evoke an authentic account of this revolutionary time. Ray brings Chicago to life, where he grew up, painting a portrait of the 1950’s street scene. He makes reference to blues influences that partly shaped The Doors’ music and discusses music elements in a way non-musicians can relate to. With the master of a story teller and scholar, Ray draws in an audience far greater than Doors’ Fans. He shines a light on the group’s artistic background, education and cultural influences, which were a step away from the poppy world of The Beatles. No group had even done what The Doors were doing. Furthermore he defends his friend Jim Morrison without whitewashing him. Jim was more maligned than a scourge some accused him of being and humble despite fame.
Ray acknowledges that along with the band’s fame they ‘entered the gates of Babylon.’ However, songs such as, Strange Days, gave voice to non-conformists, the art world, avant-gardes and those who didn’t fit mainstream society. Educated, literary and well-read, Ray and Jim are evocative of artists like Scott Fitzgerald. For example, they were thrown out of Whiskey-a-Go-Go, after Morrison sang, The End. One of the proprietors ‘went ballistic’ accusing Morrison, and The Doors as base and immoral. Ironically the song was a tribute to Oedipus Rex where Morrison’s lyrics make the political point that American fascism is just as barbaric and crude as Ancient Greek society. Today some can relate to the triumph of the right with its neo-liberal rot.
The Doors shone a light on American authoritarianism and the expectation of compliance. Bill Siddons said, ‘They didn’t take out warrants until yesterday. If they arrested Jim at the gig there would have been a riot.’ The arrest and prosecution of Morrison was a beat up because he hadn’t actually done anything wrong, he simply represented the counter-culture. Ray rambles at times and inserts many esoteric references, which may put some readers off. Despite some short comings Light My Fire is a great read.
Gavinranadar
Ray Manzarek wrote a terrific memoir of his life in the Doors. Ray is dead now, and he shares many lively anecdotes with the reader about the band's creation and Jim Morrison you can't find anywhere. I've read several books on the Doors, and this one is a must read if you
want to be on the inside. The writing is great, and you won't be bored. Thanks Ray for sharing, and we'll miss you!
Check his interviews on YouTube also. He was articulate and intelligent. A few hours with him would be a great way to spend your time.
Light My Fire: My Life With the Doors ebook
Author:
Ray Manzarek
Category:
Arts & Literature
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1674 kb
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Publisher:
Putnam Adult (June 29, 1998)
Pages:
352 pages
Rating:
4.2
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