LIGHT MY FIRE RAY MANZAREK EBOOK
Ray Manzarek co-founded the Doors with Jim Morrison in Light My Fire truly gives us an insight into the times, the enigmatic lead singer, and the magic. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Legendary Doors keyboardist Manzarek cannot seem to figure out whether his close friend and bandmate Jim. Light My Fire book. Read 82 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The best book yet about The Doors. --BooklistThe inside story of th.
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Read "Light My Fire My Life with The Doors" by Ray Manzarek available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. **"The best book . "The best book yet about The Doors." --BooklistNow available as an ebook for the first time the inside story of the Doors, by cofounder and. With the turbulence and psychedelia of the sixties as a backdrop, this is the untold story of the wild and liberated life of The Doors and lead singer Jim Morrison.
Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. Now available as an ebook for the first time Includes 16 pages of photos. No other band has ever sounded quite like the Doors, and no other frontman has ever transfixed an audience quite the way Jim Morrison did. Ray Manzarek, the band's co-founder and keyboard player, was there from the very start--and until the sad dissolution--of the Doors. In this heartfelt and colorfully detailed memoir, complete with 16 pages of photographs, he brings us an insider's view of the brief, brilliant history
Ray Manzarek, a gifted musician heavily influenced by the Chicago blues sound back home, arrives in southern California and enters the UCLA film program.
There he befriends a fellow film student from Florida named Jim Morrison. From the beginning, Manzarek and Morrison click, sharing the same literary, music, and film influences. They not only become friends but are rarely apart, until Morrison moves to Paris shortly before his death in Together with Robby Krieger and John Densmore, they create a sound, an original mix of jazz, classical, California surf, Flamenco guitar, and Chicago blues, that makes an irreversible impact on the music of the day.
His story lays to rest the rumors that have abounded about the band, and gives illumination to the dark, shamanic myths that have surrounded the incendiary life of Jim Morrison. Mark Blake. William Peter Blatty. Erik Morse. The Saga of Hawkwind.
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Write your review. October 15, Imprint: Berkley ISBN: English Download options: Ray had nothing but love and respect for Jim, even when he was at his lowest. Dec 30, Paul Gleason rated it really liked it. Ray's book on his life in The Doors is a fun and quick read. He's as lighthearted and enthusiastic as John Densmore is serious and cerebral.
The two memoirs stand as entertaining, revealing, and, as these things go, somewhat contradictory books. But we're here to talk about Ray's book, which I found to be an entertaining grab bag of stories about The Doors and, most interestingly, Ray's tremendous admiration and, you could even say, worship of his friend, Doors' singer Jim Morrison.
The cool thing Ray's book on his life in The Doors is a fun and quick read. The cool thing about Ray is that he writes enthusiastically about everything. His enthusiasm gives his book a narrative drive that's missing from, I'd like to say, every other book I've read on The Doors. It's great when Ray gets lost in this enthusiasm and riffs on specific memories. He can go on for pages, writing about specific scenes from The Doors' history. He really gives you a sense of immediacy - of what it would have been like to have been with The Doors when they were jamming, coming up with songs, playing live, arguing, dealing with Jim's descent into alcoholism etc.
The only problem - and its a big one - is that Ray can riff for pages on stuff that just isn't that interesting. His description of his meeting of his future wife falls into this trap, as does his description of being on acid. The book seriously drags in these sections - and even some of the scenes on The Doors themselves go on for way to long.
As a musician, I'm of course very interested in the more technical aspects of Ray's writing on music. I love his description of how the chord progression of "The Crystal Ship" makes that song so radical.
Moreover, I enjoyed Ray's description of Jim's books. The man read all the great authors and most of my favorites: In fact, one of Jim's sole possessions was his box of books. Perhaps his lyrics and sensibility resonate so much with me because we're influenced by the same guys. It's also cool to find out that Jim and Ray were interested in the same filmmakers that I am man, this is getting self-indulgent!
I can't give Ray's book more than three stars, however, because of the sometimes too lengthy riffs and its problematic ways of quoting dialogue that happened almost thirty years before he wrote the book.
Mar 06, Anthony Gonzalez rated it it was amazing. Raymond Daniel Manzarek picks you up and drops you off right in his living room as a child as he shares his introduction into music , classical , jazz and most importantly the blues.
He shares things about Jim and their relationship that are honest and at time brutally honest and does it in a fashion only Manzarek can, as he has a natural gift for story telling and setting the scene and feel Raymond Daniel Manzarek picks you up and drops you off right in his living room as a child as he shares his introduction into music , classical , jazz and most importantly the blues.
He shares things about Jim and their relationship that are honest and at time brutally honest and does it in a fashion only Manzarek can, as he has a natural gift for story telling and setting the scene and feeling of the time and place and how he felt while experiencing it. Ray Manzarek is such a charming and enthusiastic narrator that he manages to convey the excitement of being young, literate and in a bitchin band in the middle of that Sixties cultural revolution.
He clearly still adores Jim, and that love really comes through in an almost parental way, which makes sense all these years later, and most of this book concentrates on those early years, when they were forming their friendship and discovering art and film and music.
Evocative and wonderfully new-agey Ray Manzarek is such a charming and enthusiastic narrator that he manages to convey the excitement of being young, literate and in a bitchin band in the middle of that Sixties cultural revolution.
Evocative and wonderfully new-agey. We miss you Ray. Nov 30, Shell Martin rated it it was amazing. Loved this book. Ray Manzarek was a gifted writer. I was pleasantly surprised how well written this book was May 05, Prima Seadiva rated it liked it Shelves: I picked this up at a thrift store along with a copy of Densmore's Riders on the Storm.
Of the two reads I enjoyed this book more. Manzarek has his issues but he's more positive about his experience. His view resonates more with my memories than Densmore did. The writing is ok but was sometimes repetitious to me. It's an interesting flashback to the 60's or a visit for those of you who may not have been there.
Both books app I picked this up at a thrift store along with a copy of Densmore's Riders on the Storm. Both books approach the Doors from their personal view and experiences which were very different but one thing they had in common for me is how they depicted were aware of Morrison's substance problems but never appeared to have addressed them but rather adapted to the effects.
Certainly like so many people in music or other show business especially with quick success, the temptation to excess was always present, often relished and destroyed some while others managed to get out alive. Musically groundbreaking in their time, The Doors are still one of my favorite bands.
How could you not love a band who named themselves after an Aldous Huxley book The Doors of Perception quoting William Blake "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform before Jim Morrison was out of control, so it was a great show.
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Jan 30, Rob rated it really liked it. As a great Doors fan, I enjoyed this book. Ray Manzarek really tried to remain honest and true to the spirit of the group and relate to us the story of its creating,success and crisis. He offers a really witty,intelligent and profound image of their work and present very convincingly their goals and the joy of creating music together.
In the same time,we learn about Morrison only what Doors knew about him, so I suppose there should be many missing details. There exists some hint of pretending in his writing and his interpretation of the facts. The musician tends to justify his own thoughts and acts in the story of the group without much critisism. But I think he believes in most of the things he writes.
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It is without doubt a valuable document of that time. I am really grateful for the opportunity to read it. Jun 07, Leah Bonderman rated it really liked it Shelves: Ray Manzarek was so much more than just a sideman to Jim Morrison. He was probably the most talented musician in The Doors and essentially their musical director.
He was involved in all aspects of their songwriting. His biography of the band was written some 25 years after the death of Morrison. It's a strong account of how he and his bandmates come together and rode a five-year tida Ray Manzarek was so much more than just a sideman to Jim Morrison. It's a strong account of how he and his bandmates come together and rode a five-year tidal wave of commercial and artistic success in Los Angeles and around the world.
It's honest, warmly written and often funny. Oct 16, Kate Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: I was never a big Doors fan, although I do recall precisely where I was when I first heard "Light My Fire" on the radio in my family's kitchen, washing the dishes.
This biography of the band, written by one of its members, gives details and insight that journalists reporting on the band from outside would never know.
Unlike other accounts of the band, it presents Jim Morrison in a very sympathetic light, as the author cared deeply for him. I recommend this to anyone interested in one of the to I was never a big Doors fan, although I do recall precisely where I was when I first heard "Light My Fire" on the radio in my family's kitchen, washing the dishes.
I recommend this to anyone interested in one of the top bands of the 60's, a precursor of musical styles to come. Oct 31, Alisa added it Shelves: On the one hand, this book serves to demystify the legend of Jim Morrison. It was fascinating to read the accounts of The Doors' early days from someone who was there in the middle of it all. But Manzarek's frequent references to his charismatic lead singer in god-like terms make it sound like he was just as enamored of the Lizard King as the public was.
May 19, Jason rated it really liked it. It's the Doors by one of the band members. The only thing better would be Morrison's corpse writing an autobiography. Ray writes his version of the mysticism and legend that is now just remembered.
He holds Jim Morrison on a totem pole, but does the book justice by teaching us join him in the Jim-worshipping. Great rock story! Jun 20, Hayley rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A good selection for those of us who can't get enough of Jim Morrison. A nice perspective from Manzerick, but if you're a shameless Doors fan, definitely check out "Dark Star", which features great photo spreads. Dec 20, Niki rated it it was amazing. This book had its pluses and minuses, but the chance to read Ray's memories in his own words and they are very clearly his own words is truly a gift in my opinion.
Therefore, I enjoyed every second of this book and am sad that I've finished it. Ray might be a bit biased in his perspective of Jim but it is his biography and i could really feel the love that Ray felt for Jim and particularly his awareness in his later years of what Jim might have been feeling or going through.
The Jim Morrison that shines through this Biography is a very human and confused person which is not surprising considering the rapid raise to fame at an early age.
Having read this book and watched the Live at the Hollywood bowl concert you can see the palpable re Ray might be a bit biased in his perspective of Jim but it is his biography and i could really feel the love that Ray felt for Jim and particularly his awareness in his later years of what Jim might have been feeling or going through. Having read this book and watched the Live at the Hollywood bowl concert you can see the palpable relationship between Ray and Jim.
Ray also uses the book to set the record straight on Stone's film, which i'll admit i quite enjoyed, whereas Stone portrayed the myth Ray describes the man. Ray's own life is interesting and this is by no means just a thinly disguised biography of Jim Morrison, I have an enormous amount of time for Ray's perspectives on life. Anyone who enjoys biographies and auto-biographies. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Doors.
I dove into this book, absorbing Ray's story in a relatively short time frame. Perhaps a total of ten hours had passed and I had finished it.