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Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr.  02-12-1939 to 05-20-2013.

Ray Manzarek passed away on May 20, 2013, at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.   “I was deeply sadden…ed to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” said Krieger. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.” Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo’s wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek’s name at

Frazer Harrison / Jason Merritt, Getty Images / YouTube 7/29 UPDATE: According to Vintage Vinyl News, the following statement was released by the BBC: “The BBC has been able to find a licensing solution by working together with the music publisher Wixen Music UK and with the MCPS. Works composed by the [...]
Tue, Jul 28, 2015
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Led Zeppelin were on the rise in the summer of 1969, while Doors frontman Jim Morrison was in the midst of a long and painful public downward spiral. On July 27, the two bands met going in opposite directions. Both acts were scheduled to perform during the final day of the [...]
Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Rock star mug shots
Are you really a rock star if you haven’t been arrested? These infamous run ins with the law certainly make the case, as some of music’s very biggest stars posed for jailhouse photos after getting busted by the cops. From Mick Jagger to Ozzy Osbourne, Kurt Cobain to Tommy Lee, [...]
Sun, Jul 19, 2015
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Released in July 1969, the Doors‘ most experimental recording The Soft Parade was a wildly uneven affair that saw Jim Morrison and company trying out orchestral and brass arrangements, a weird bluegrass-soul amalgam and a misguided attempt at prog rock. Blame, and credit, goes to a group that seemed to be [...]
Sat, Jul 18, 2015
Jim Morrison Grave
Antoine Antoniol, Getty Images Jim Morrison was clearly not in a good way when he headed off for Paris during the mixing of the Doors‘ L.A. Woman album in early 1971. But for a time, those close to him held out hope that he’d be able to sort through his personal [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2015
YouTube / Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images Whether you’re a huge Jim Morrison fan or just someone who enjoys seeing innocent cartoon characters doing filthy things, the Lelands auction house has an item you may be interested in adding to your collection. Rolling Stone reports on the upcoming sale of a [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015
Elektra Long out-of-print, the first two albums released by the Doors after Jim Morrison died are set for expanded reissue later this year. Other Voices and Full Circle – originally released in 1971 and 1972 and featuring the surviving trio of John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek – will be available as a two-disc [...]
Fri, May 29, 2015
Mother's Day
George Marks, Getty Images There are many mother songs written by classic rockers, and — how do we put this gently? — some, but definitely not all of them present the most healthy, balanced perspective on parent-children relationships. You’ll find the proper amount of love, respect and admiration for dear old [...]
Sun, May 10, 2015
The Doors
Controversy followed the Doors wherever they went, even when Jim Morrison wasn’t really doing anything that could get him arrested. One such occurence was their concert at Detroit’s Cobo Arena one May 8, 1970, which got them banned from the famous venue. According to the Doors’ website, it was a transcendent [...]
Sat, May 09, 2015
Elektra At an uncertain creative crossroads and increasingly overshadowed by the antics of frontman Jim Morrison, the members of the Doors had reason for concern regarding the longterm future of the band when they convened to record their sixth album in late 1970. Their worst fears would soon be confirmed — [...]
Sun, Apr 19, 2015
Doors Bass Players
YouTube / Larry (Yes, we know Larry’s playing a guitar) The Doors did not have a bass player. It’s one of those bits of music trivia that always seems to blow the minds of up-and-coming rock aficionados. It breaks the rules of a rock band. Guitar, vocals, drums, bass. All [...]
Mon, Apr 13, 2015
By the spring of 1970, Doors frontman Jim Morrison had already been through plenty of scrapes with the law, and the band had developed a reputation for a sometimes dangerously unpredictable live act. For some groups, that might have been sufficient incentive to stay on their best behavior, but as [...]
Fri, Apr 10, 2015
Jim Morrison
BeachedMiami Disrespect for authority and public institutions was a big part of Jim Morrison‘s mystique, but even the Lizard King knew there wasn’t any point in challenging the Feds. On April 4, 1969, the Doors frontman turned himself in to the FBI, facing one felony count of lewd and lascivious behavior [...]
Sat, Apr 04, 2015
Kevin Winter, Getty Images Van Halen will tour North America this summer and fall in support of their upcoming concert album, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert. The tour will kick off in Seattle on July 5 and wrap up in Los Angeles on Oct. 2. In between, the band will play more than three [...]
Tue, Mar 24, 2015
David Crosby Kanye West
Larry Busacca / Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images Yet another classic rocker has expressed his displeasure with Kanye West. David Crosby recently took to social media to give his opinion on the star. Crosby was answering questions from fans on Twitter when one asked him about West. “He’s an idiot and a poser,” [...]
Fri, Mar 06, 2015


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