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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.

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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 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 on [...]
Wed, Aug 05, 2015
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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, Aug 04, 2015
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On this day in rock history, Pink Floyd began their space-rock odyssey with the Syd Barrett-led Piper at the Gates of Dawn, before the group’s original leader disappeared into mental illness. By the next year, David Gilmour had joined. The Kinks, meanwhile, released the single that would break the band everywhere: [...]
Tue, Aug 04, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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