The Doors came out of Los Angeles’ rock scene in the mid ‘60s playing a mix of music that sounded unlike any of their peers’. Pulling together jazz, blues, garage, rock and pop, the band staked its ground with Ray Manzarek’s jazz-noir keyboard runs and the Beat-inspired poetry of singer Jim Morrison. They were an immediate hit, with the single ‘Light My Fire’ reaching No. 1 and their self-titled debut album making it to No. 2. Over the next four years they released five more albums, all of which hit the Top 10. During their brief career, they became one of rock’s most controversial groups, including a 1969 incident in which Morrison may have exposed himself to a concert audience. On July 3, 1971, Morrison died at the age of 27 from an alleged heroin overdose. The rest of the group continued for a few years before calling it quits.
America’s First Rock Festival: Drugs, Hells Angels and the Doors
Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival has mostly been forgotten.
Why the Doors' 'Break on Through' Didn't Break Through at First
First single off band's debut album fizzled before it became a classic.
Robby Krieger Says Jim Morrison Wanted to Experience Insanity
Doors frontman was apparently excited about contracting potentially fatal syphilis.
Doors Announce 'L.A. Woman' 50th-Anniversary Deluxe Edition
They're previewing it with an unreleased demo of "Riders on the Storm."
Jim Morrison’s Fame Led Dad to Offer Resignation From U.S. Navy
Doors legend's sister recalls how flag officer feared counterculture connection might “upset the apple cart” with his commanding superiors.
The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman’: The Story Behind Each Track
Final statement from the band's original incarnation contains a little of everything that made them so engaging.
30 Years Ago: 'The Doors' Movie Finds Truth Battling Myth
Oliver Stone's biopic uses an extraordinary performance from Val Kilmer to create a vision of the '60s that's as much metaphor as it is the real thing.
New Book Collects Jim Morrison's Poetry, Journals and Lyrics
Fifty years after the Lizard King's death, the most extensive collection of his writings is being published.