The Doors' John Densmore Publishing Tell All Memoir In April
Doors drummer John Densmore will publish his latest memoir, called The Doors: Unhinged - Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes On Trial, on April 17th. The book will detail Densmore's successful fight earlier this decade against former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger's over their use of the band name for new projects and the Doors' music for a proposed $15 million commercial deal with Cadillac. Densmore published his first memoir, Riders On The Storm: My Life With Jim Morrison And The Doors, in 1990
According to the book's press release: "Densmore takes fans into the Los Angeles courtroom where he spent three summer months with Jim Morrison's aging parents, fighting for integrity over greed. While Krieger and Manzarek lived the rock star life on their world tour, Densmore weathered betrayals by his 'musical family,' character assassinations, and the rising fear that he would lose everything in his efforts to stand up for what he believed in. The process of litigation consumed Densmore's life for five years, plus a half a year while everyone waited to see if the Supreme Court of California would overturn the judges ruling."
The press release for The Doors: Unhinged - Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes On Trial promises the following tidbits:
How Jim Morrison threatened to smash a car onstage if Buick used a Doors song in a commercial.
Densmore being sued by his former bandmates for $40 million -- more than they collectively had ever made.
The opposing lawyer's bizarre attempts to label him a communist, anarchist and an al-Qaeda supporter.
How testimony from Police drummer -- and former Manzarek and Krieger bandmate -- Stewart Copeland changed the trial.
How Jim Morrison's father, a career Navy man, was thwarted in his career ambitions by his son's rock star antics, but how he sided with his late son in court.
We asked John Densmore how he felt following the lawsuit to prevent Manzarek and Krieger from using the Doors name to publicize their live revue: "Of course, it's bittersweet that it came to the point that I had to sue my old bandmates, but I'm pretty happy that after a two-and-a-half-year legal battle, in my opinion, the legacy has been reinstated, as it should be. Jim, Ray, Robby, and John-- now, that's the Doors."
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