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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 standup2cancer.org.

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
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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
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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
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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
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Doors Bass Players
YouTube / Larry Knechtel.com (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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Jim Morrison Mug Shot
BeachedMiami Did he or didn’t he? The late Doors frontman Jim Morrison was charged with exposing himself before a stunned audience in Florida on March 1, 1969, though he vehemently denied the allegation. Bandmate Robby Krieger still says that no photographic evidences exists to prove it. Regardless, on Sept. 20, 1970, Morrison [...]
Sun, Mar 01, 2015
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Jimi Hendrix
In September 2013, audio of Jimi Hendrix‘s last-ever interview was discovered and broadcast. Now, that conversation has been animated for the PBS series Blank on Blank. In the six-minute clip, which you can watch above, the guitar legend talks to writer Keith Altham about his ideal living arrangement, his decision to tone down [...]
Mon, Feb 23, 2015
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Michael Loccisano / Kevork Djansezian / Jim Dyson, Getty Images Legal representatives for two Italian man who are accused of trying to swipe royalties for 200 songs are strongly denying the charges. Athos Poma and Giuseppe Fedi have been accused of stealing around $284,000 in payments. The duo have been found guilty [...]
Tue, Feb 17, 2015
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Even though Lou Reed died in October 2013, the highly opinionated artist is still making waves with his comments. PBS has put together a new animated video centered on a 1987 interview in which Reed talks about art that spans Top 40 music, novels and avant-garde noise bands. The video, which [...]
Tue, Feb 17, 2015
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The Doors had gotten sloppy, self-absorbed and a little off course by the time they released their fourth album, ‘The Soft Parade,’ in mid 1969. A few months later, when they returned to the studio to record the follow-up LP, ‘Morrison Hotel,’ they were leaner, tougher and more focused than they [...]
Sun, Feb 01, 2015
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Ultimate Classic Rock The Doors have easily earned induction into the 100-percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, brushing aside Jimi Hendrix along the way. Both came of musical age in the late ’60s, helping to define the emerging youth culture — and both Hendrix and Doors frontman a Jim Morrison [...]
Tue, Jan 27, 2015
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