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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.

“Strange days have found us,” Jim Morrison sang on the title track of this 1967 sophomore release by the Doors — and it was undeniably true. ‘Strange Days,’ in many ways, followed the template of his band’s self-titled debut from earlier that year, but — for some reason — not [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014
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The trailer for the Doors‘ long-lost self-produced rock documentary ‘Feast of Friends’ has the effect of stripping away four decades of mythology, revealing the group as flesh-and-blood collaborators and friends — rather than rock demigods. You can watch the trailer for the movie, which will make its first official release [...]
Fri, Sep 12, 2014
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Express Newspapers, Hulton Archive, Getty Images The Doors did more in a short period of time than almost any other classic rock band. They released only six albums during their 1967-71 run, but each record left an indelible mark on the group’s overall legacy. From their classic self-titled debut to ‘L.A. Woman,’ [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
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Hulton Archive, Getty Images Woodstock was a legend-making moment for a number of the participants, including Santana and Crosby Stills and Nash — both of whom could look back to the 1969 festival as a launching pad for the legendary careers that followed. Still, for all of its famous participants, the [...]
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
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AC/DC, Aerosmith, Tom Petty and Sammy Hagar are among the many rock, soul and pop artists whose archived live performances from the legendary ‘The Midnight Special’ television program will be included on a new 11-DVD box set from StarVista Entertainment and Time Life. Due Sept. 8, the upcoming DVD release of [...]
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
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From the beginning of his recording career, Joe Cocker boasted both a willingness to do things differently — and the chops to pull it off. As early as his solo debut, 1968′s ‘With a Little Help from My Friends,’ Cocker set himself apart as a gifted interpreter of other people’s [...]
Sat, Aug 09, 2014
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People are always trying to capitalize on any connection that a place or object might have to a celebrity, no matter how tenuous, so the fact that Zanzibar has built a tourism industry out of its status as Freddie Mercury‘s birthplace is hardly surprising. As Vice points out, however, it’s [...]
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
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The Stooges‘ 1969 self-titled debut album opened the door for everything loud, hard and heavy that followed. These four misfits from Detroit, Michigan, took rock to the edge, pushing the boundaries with every note. Singer Iggy Pop (then going as Iggy Stooge) was joined by Dave Alexander on bass, Ron Ashton [...]
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
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Hulton Archive (2), Getty Images The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Jim Morrison has long fueled speculation as to the events of that evening. However, in a new interview, Marianne Faithfull reveals that she knows who supplied the fatal dose of drugs on July 3, 1971. Speaking to Mojo, she said [...]
Mon, Aug 04, 2014
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Robby Krieger and John Garcia
Jesse Grant / Theo Wargo, Getty Images For a lifelong Doors fan like former Kyuss singer John Garcia, you could hardly ask for a better way of starting your solo career than getting Robby Krieger to guest on one of your new songs. As Garcia recently told Rolling Stone, getting Krieger to [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
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Hulton Archive, Getty Images 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 [...]
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
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Janis Joplin Stamp
USPSWeeks before Janis Joplin is scheduled to join Jimi Hendrix on the list of new honorees in the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icons series of commemorative stamps, we’ve been granted our first glimpse of what the artwork will look like. As we previously reported, the Music Icons series is slated to [...]
Tue, Jul 01, 2014
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Jim Morrison Arrest History
Jim Morrison’s iconic status in the history of rock is hard to dispute. But what goes along with his role as lead singer and primary lyricist for the Doors is his bad boy image – especially when it comes it his run-ins with the law. That’s not to say the [...]
Tue, Jun 24, 2014
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Jeff Bottari / George De Sota / Mike Coppola, Getty Images The history of classic rock is littered with former bandmates fighting over the rights to famous band names. A well-known moniker means big bucks in terms of tour offers, record contracts and merchandising deals. Still, what happens when someone wants [...]
Sun, Jun 22, 2014
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Doors fans will have a chance to hear drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger collaborate with the late keyboardist Ray Manzarek once more. The trio is featured on ‘Look Each Other in the Ears,’ an upcoming album from poet, playwright and recording artist Michael C. Ford. Ford, long before he became [...]
Wed, Jun 04, 2014
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