The Doors Caricature


The Doors Caricature, illustrated here in Los Angeles, CA in 1967 with John Densmore age 23, Robby Krieger age 21, Ray Manzarek age 28 and Jim Morrison age 24.

The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. They were among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison’s lyrics and his erratic stage persona, and the group was widely regarded as representative of the era’s counterculture and psychedelic music.

The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception”, itself a reference to a quote by William Blake. After signing with Elektra Records, the Doors released eight albums in five years, some of which are considered among the greatest of all time, including The Doors (1967), Strange Days (1967), and L.A. Woman (1971). By 1972 the Doors had sold over 4 million albums domestically and nearly 8 million singles.

The Doors began with a meeting between acquaintances Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, both of whom had attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, on Venice Beach in July 1965. In mid-1965, after Manzarek’s two brothers left the group, guitarist Robby Krieger joined. In August 1965, John Densmore joined the group, which had been renamed The Doors.

They became the house band at Whisky a Go Go, (starting from May 1966), supporting acts including Van Morrison’s group Them. After signing with Elektra, and producing their first album, on September 17, 1967, the Doors gave a memorable performance of “Light My Fire” on The Ed Sullivan Show. Network executives asked that the word “higher” be removed. The group appeared to acquiesce, but performed the song in its original form. Either way, “higher” was sung out on national television, and the show’s host, Ed Sullivan, canceled another six shows that had been planned.
The band became notorious for their live shows and the erratic behavior of Morrison, which led to his several arrests over several years of performing.
Morrison had been a substance abuser and heroin user.

On March 13, 1971, following the recording of L.A. Woman, Morrison took a leave of absence from the Doors and moved to Paris with girlfriend Pamela Courson.
On July 3, 1971 Morrison was found dead in a bath tub by Courson, apparently having died from a heroin overdose. If we listen to singer Marianne Faithfull, the finger of blame should be pointed at Jean de Breteuil, a drug dealer and her ex-boyfriend, who supplied Morrison with exceptionally bad heroin at his apartment that night.
Morrison died at age 27, the same age as several other famous rock stars in the “27” Club. In 1974, Morrison’s girlfriend Pamela Courson also died at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose.

Top hits: “Light My Fire”, “People Are Strange”, “Love Me Two Times”, “The End”, “Back Door Man”, “Hello I Love You”, “Waiting For The Sun”, “The Unknown Soldier”, “Touch Me”, “Roadhouse Blues”, “Love Her Madly”, “L.A. Woman” and “Riders On The Storm”.

In 1993, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold LPs, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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