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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140130303X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401303037
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 11.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

L.A.'s answer to the British Invasion, the Doors burned brightly, burned out and left behind a clouded legacy. The continued fascination with the band has everything to do with Jim Morrison, of course, the charismatic singer who died young. Talented, inconsistent and a raging alcoholic, Morrison intentionally tried to channel the contradictory energies of the era and became its shaman stud. In this photo-rich volume, longtime music writer and former Rolling Stone editor Fong-Torres has expertly woven together a narrative from interviews with the band members—Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore—as well as Morrison's family and closest friends. Collaboration created the Doors' sound and songs, and the biographies of each musician bring perspective to the more famous Morrison story. While there are no shocking revelations, it's useful to discover just how talented Morrison's band mates were in an age of three-chord wonders. Now middle-aged, the remaining Doors are clearheaded about their youthful extravagances and don't waste time with character assassination. Drug use is discussed openly, although Morrison's death is left needlessly vague (when a 27-year-old dies with only his junkie girlfriend, it's a good bet that heroin was involved). For the most part, though, this understated work further elucidates this iconic band. (Nov.)
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From Booklist

From 1966 on, the Doors established themselves as a wildly popular and influential act. They eventually burned out amid charges of indecent exposure on stage and increasingly spotty performance by singer-lyricist Jim Morrison. Introducing imagery strongly influenced by shamanism and psychedelia, the short-lived Morrison attracted a cultish fandom that regarded him as a sort of electric Rimbaud. The legend is on display again in this -illustration-heavy montage of interviews with band members, interested observers, and coconspirators. Keyboardist-cofounder Ray Manzarek observes that the group was "the Doors . . . [n]ever 'Jim Morrison and the Doors,'" which may be accurate as far as billing goes but was never true for the fans. Morrison, who remains the model for tragic rock star as romantic poet, was central to the band's appeal and is the main attraction here. A must for the rock shelves, the book may be the last word on Morrison. Nah, there'll be more. As Rolling Stone said so eloquently decades ago, "He's hot, he's sexy, he's dead." And the pictures live on. Mike Tribby
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A must have for all The Doors fans.
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This is a great piece and can be used as a "coffee table book" to display.
Telling the story really flows well.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Nina Bennett on December 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ben Fong-Torres has demonstrated journalistic brilliance in the way this book is organized. Each section is laid out like a conversation; interspersed among comments and reflections by Densmore, Krieger and Manzarek, as well as members of the Morrison and Courson families, is just enough narrative for clarity. Fong-Torres smoothly inserts quotes from interviews with Jim Morrison, and the result is a unified presentation of The Doors as an entity. Inevitably, it is the Morrison persona that dominates, but this book does a credible job of portraying all of the Doors. The descriptions of the studio experience, particularly challenges of the technology of the late 60s, are fascinating. There is a great deal of insight into the creative process of the band. While Morrison's rampant alcohol and drug abuse is not the focus of the book, there is ample evidence of the ripple effect it had on his bandmates. The photos from the band's private collection justify the cost.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By B. G Hutchings on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is not a bad addition to The Doors legacy. The book is thoughtfully designed and constructed and it contains a few new insights into members of the band - particularly Jim Morrison. Sadly, the book also contains many glaring errors with incorrect dates on photos. To some this may seem like a nit-picking grievance - but if they can't do the basic editing/fact-checking on the photos, it makes you wonder what else they got wrong. Still, as a Doors fan, it's nice to have some new product at long last. This would make a great birthday/holiday gift for any Doors fan out there.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Cagle on November 13, 2006
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This is simply a beautiful book on a timeless band. The Doors by the Doors is a giant coffee table book loaded with great pictures. The ambitious book written with cooperation of the band gives a broad and detailed history of the band from family, friends, and most importantly the artists themselves. As someone who has almost every Doors book available this one is among the best of the bunch. Like others have mentioned the cover is rather cheap and flimsy and some of the information is wrong but those are minor comparred to the overall quality of the book.

What makes this book worthy is you get a full band perspective not just one primarily focoused on Jim Morrisson. I also liked finally getting some perspective from Morrison's family on Jim's success as they truly reveal a family who loved him despite being rather clueless on his continued success. I've been a Doors fan for 18 years now and books like this make me fall in love with them all over again. Definately a worthy purchase along with the Perception box set which will be out soon. Hearing the Doors in 5.1 was truly stunning!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Schoelch on February 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read about every legitimate book on The Doors that is out there, and there are many. This book includes many never before published photos, and interviews including Jim's parents, brother and sister. While this appears to be a very comprehensive, well written and well illustrated book, there are some conflicting stories in here, based on already published information, sometimes by the author's themselves. For example, Ray Manzarek, in his book "Light My Fire", says that Jim wrote the song "Twentieth Century Fox" for his girlfriend Dorothy, this book claims he wrote it for Pamela Courson. However, I do not think there is ever going to be a universal remembrance of exactly how things went, since we are, after all, talking about the 60s! Therefore, I cannot even deduct a star for these conflicting factoids. I love the way this book incorporates quotes by Jim Morrison into the topics, as if he was here today, being interviewed. I know that Ben Fong-Torres did a fantastic job of making it appear as if this was the case.

A very well illustrated book for all door fans, with many previously unreleased photos. I simply treasure it! A great coffee table book and conversation starter for old and new Doors fans.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kenton on December 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it has appeared time and time again. The Doors company puts out stuff that they claim to have "never been seen" or is "previously unreleased" and a true fans is measly disappointed. However, the claims of this book are true! The photos of the band, especially Morrison, have indeed never been seen before. For the first time The Doors have not disappointed me with a false accusation! I would recommend anyone who appreciates the movement of The Doors to invest in this book. The insights are amazing, and the photos are a great glimpse into the man who started the "rocker" status. BUY THIS BOOK! If this fails to convince you to purchase this book, go to your local book store and take a look for yourself; disappointed you will not be!

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Long live the Lizard King....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jym Cherry on June 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Doors by The Doors is a big glossy coffee table book stuffed with photo's and edited by former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres who provides perspective for the reader with the foreword and afterword of the book.

The frontispiece opens the book with a rare picture of The Doors circa the L.A. Woman sessions, Morrison's eyes piercing through the page and across time, passed the one dimesional realm he's now relegated to. This book more than any other tries to bridge that one dimensionality and present Morrison with a more human, less legendary look at his life through interviews with his father, sister and brother.

The books format is not dissimilar to other efforts, it starts with biographies of The Doors that are a little more in-depth than other books, enhanced by pictures from their childhoods such as John Densmore in his high school band uniform, or Jim Morrison dressed for Halloween as an Indian. Which is some kind of ironic counterpoint to his later shamanic image. This is also the section with the interviews with Morrison's family which are poignant and succeed on a very large level as to portray Morrison as a person rather than ICON. It is well known that there was a schism between Jim Morrison and his father, and in this interview his father seems to have made his peace with his son and the road he took in life.

Although, the rest of the text follows the familiar paths and the usual tales are told they are expanded and elaborated on. Throughout, the book is enhanced by the high resolution, glossy pictures of The Doors at the different stages of their career. One shortcoming of the book is that Fong-Torres in his foreward says for the first time an in-depth look will be taken of the post Morrison Doors, but it really doesn't, it skates over that period in six pages. All together there's much new or of higher quality here to justify buying this book, and for newbies it's a treasure house of riches to discover about The Doors.
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