The Doors' John Densmore: "I'm Trying To Uphold What Jim Wanted"

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Though Densmore's dry humor keeps the book from reading like a court docket, it isn't the exploitive gossip tome some publishers wanted.

"They said, 'This book is not about excess.' It's the exact opposite. 'And we don't like the title, it's too negative.' So I left all that money on the table and self-published.

"I really lucked out. I stumbled into this network of record stores like Zia. And there's a few thousand of them, and they're getting a little boost because vinyl is coming back and they have diversified into posters, books, boxed sets, and there's a sense of community in these stores, which is kind of cool."

Ultimately, Densmore achieved closure with his musical brothers before the untimely death of Ray Manzarek, for whom he and Robby Kreiger are organizing a benefit cancer concert.

As for having to deal with one original player and two estates from here on out, who can say these battles will not be waged again? "I don't know," he says with a laugh. "We've been dealing with Jim's estate for years; they joined me in the lawsuit. I like them." He pauses before adding, "The future's uncertain and the end is . . ."

John Densmore will be signing copies of his book The Doors Unhinged at Zia Record Exchange on Mill Ave. 7 p.m. Friday, December 13


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