Honestly I think John's book was a little harsh on Ray and Robbie. How can you say things are hinged again and write a book like that? Correct me if I am wrong here
john densmore thought the use of the name "the doors of the 21st century" was misleading. he wasn't in the band, and neither was jim morrison. his contention was that this band wasn't "the doors". john densmore or jim morrison's estate never said that the new band could not play doors music. they were just opposed to the use of the name "the doors" and that the fact that on posters, "of the 21st century" was in a smaller point size and not obvious -- so, "the doors" was very prominent and, in the same logo type as the original band logo, and the "of the 21st century" was really small.
there was a countersuit for 40 million dollars, brought by ray and robbie.
i don't think the book was harsh, it was recounting the trial. i think though, that the timing of the release of this book was unfortunate, but, no one could have known.
there was also a very heartfelt letter to ray and robby at the end.
my opinion is that john densmore stood up for what he thought was right. jim's family agreed.
the_manassa_mauler_1919-, on 21 May 2013 - 12:11 AM, said:
A heavyweight in music lays his hands to rest. The catalyst & anchor to the most unique sound of their era. An arrangement alchemist genious.
Regardless of the picayune strife of late amongst the band, when you talk the Doors, at its core & most enduring component, you always come back to the elder leader & brother. From Venice to New Orleans Ray was the glue.
If the singular vision outward was Jim's gift, then that signature sound always found its fertile & unwavering earth in Ray. Jim was the eye who rested on the mast navigating the stars, but it was Ray who always had his hands on the helm.
As history continues to plays itself out, the Doors will be recognized as perhaps the most important American band of their era & continue to echo thru the Ages. It seems to me, it must be remembered that ship wouldve never left the dock, nor sailed the open seas w/o Ray.
RIP Ray. You helped Jim plot those stars to the emerald forest across Time. I hope as you always did, you'll steer that ship in onto freedom's shore. There's a singer waiting again on the beach.
wow the MM...what a thoughtful, insightful, illustration of the bond between two guys who were guided by the same muse.