Legendary Doors drummer John Densmore will publish his third book tomorrow, (November 17th), titled, The Seeker: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (And Other Artists). The book collects Densmore's once-in-a-lifetime experiences with such major players as Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Willie Nelson — not to mention his time in the Doors with the band's infamous frontman, the late-Jim Morrison.
Densmore spoke about the book, which marks his first foray outside of the Doors' orbit, telling The Los Angeles Daily News, "There are various musicians, writers, artists that have fed me artistically through the years and I’m hoping that the reader will also get fed artistically by these stories."
One of the key meetings described in the book is when Densmore and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger check out Janis Joplin at Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady's urging. Densmore descrobed the sound of Joplin fronting Big Brother & The Holding Company at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom: "That was about sound, which is the thread to the whole book. We don’t see her but we are hearing her. You could hear and feel this soul, someone who had pipes like Aretha (Franklin) and then we got up to the stage and saw her and wow, she was incredible, I knew she was going somewhere."
Of course John Densmore's loving insight into Jim Morrison is all over the book, as he explains, "Not only did he have these words but he said he thought of melodies so he could remember the words, so that’s already a gifted songwriter, even though he didn’t know how to write a song and we helped him with that."
John Densmore told us that from the beginning to the end of the band, the Doors had a chemistry unparalleled: ["Ray (Manzarek) and I were completely synchronistic in our musical sensibilities. We just. . . intuitive stuff together and backed up Robby's soaring solos and Jim's vocal and. . . we were blessed. We gotta remember that was the muse coming in. Y'know, she just visits when she wants to. Yeah, even with Jim's self destruction, every time we made an album, when we were behind closed doors, there was a sacredness to the four of us."] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . four of us)
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