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Doors drummer John Densmore turns author today. His book The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (And Other Artists) discusses his friendships with and admiration for famous musicians, such as Lou Reed, Janis Joplin, Ravi Shankar, Bob Marley — and, especially, his late Doors bandmates Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.

The chapter devoted to Manzarek celebrates the keyboardist’s unique talents, highlighted in “Light My Fire” and “Riders on the Storm.” Densmore explains, “Our mutual love of jazz informed our spirituality.” He recalls the day they first met in 1965, while also probing the disagreement over The Doors legacy that drove them apart, before they reconciled prior to Manzarek’s death from cancer in 2013.

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