10 February 2012
336 pages, Delta (September 1, 1991)
Doors drummer "John Densmore", who had a love-hate relationship with lead singer "Jim Morrison", sympathetically chronicles the self-destructive Lizard King's rise and fall.
Such is the mystique, the iconoclastic reverence, the enduring commercial success and marketability of "Jim Morrison", enigmatic lead singer of "The Doors", that "John Densmore", founding Doors member and drummer, is repeatedly upstaged in his own autobiography.
"John Densmore"'s inside-out account of the group's history perceptively examines relationships, dynamics, creative evolution, difficulties, and artistry, but Jim Morrison in his many guises--angst-ridden poet, Lizard King, Pop icon, and alcoholic--invariably dominates every chapter, story, and anecdote.
In fact, "John Densmore" addresses significant chunks of italicized text directly to "Jim Morrison" in a therapeutic attempt to reconcile his own ambiguous feelings, often becoming overly confessional. This book should be very popular, especially as filmmaker "Oliver Stone"'s anticipated Doors movie will undoubtedly create a new wave of "Jim Morrison"/Doors mania.