Light My Fire: My Life with the Doors
With the turbulence and psychedelia of the sixties as a backdrop, this is the untold story of the wild and liberated life of The Doors and lead singer Jim Morrison, by the only one who was there from the beginning. 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. From the beginning, Manzarek and Morrison click, sharing the same literary, music, and film influences. They not only become friends but are rarely apart, until Morrison moves to Paris shortly before his death in 1971. Together with Robby Krieger and John Densmore, they create a sound, an original mix of jazz, classical, California surf, Flamenco guitar, and Chicago blues, that makes an irreversible impact on the music of the day. His story lays to rest the rumors that have abounded about the band, and gives illumination to the dark, shamanic myths that have surrounded the incendiary life of Jim Morrison.