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This is the End............ (Edited 05/21/13 01:12PM by Nick__)
"My only friend, the end"

In honor of one of the founding members of the the band, THE DOORS, I wanted to pay respect to one of the greatest  musicians of all times, Ray Manzarek!  He was also a Chicago native having attended St. Rita's High School and DePaul University.

R.I.P - Ray Manzarek - you have Broken on Through to the other Side!

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BREAK ON THROUGH

THE END

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and a founding member of the Doors whose sinuous and melodic organ riffs defined the band’s sound, died on Monday afternoon at a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a bout with cancer. He was 74.

Mr. Manzarek had been sick for several months with cancer of the bile ducts, his publicist, Heidi Ellen Robinson Fitzgerald, said in a statement. He died at about 3:31 p.m. at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim. His wife, Dorothy, and his brothers, Rick and James, were at his bedside.

Mr. Manzarek formed the Doors in 1965 with Jim Morrison, a poet and film student and singer, after the two of them had a chance encounter on Venice Beach in California. The band went on to become one of the most successful and at times polarizing acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and producing hits like “L.A. Woman,” “Break on Through,” “Hello, I Love You,” and “Light My Fire.”

After Morrison’s death in 1971, Mr. Manzarek and the other members — the drummer John Densmore and the guitarist Robby Krieger — attempted to make albums with Mr. Manzarek on vocals, but eventually split up.
Mr. Manzarek went on to have a long solo career, beginning with the release of “The Golden Scarab,” in 1974. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career by performing with Mr. Krieger.

“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” Mr. Krieger said in a statement. “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.”

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/ray-manzarek-doors-keyboardist-dies-at-74/

Ray Manzarek was the architect of The Doors' intoxicating sound. His evocative keyboard playing fused rock, jazz, blues, classical and an array of other styles into something utterly, dazzlingly new, and his restless artistic explorations have continued unabated ever since. 

He grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and was introduced to the piano at the tender age of seven. Though he would later be electrified by the sensual strut of boogie-woogie, the raw power of the blues and the transgressive energy of rock 'n' roll, Manzarek credits the "little red book", written by John Thompson, that his first piano teacher gave him with ideas and motifs he would draw on throughout his career. 

While at St. Rita high-school he began playing in a band with his brothers, Rick and Jim, earning pocket money at dances and talent shows. He continued this sideline as an economics student at DePaul University; upon graduating he moved west to attend law school at UCLA. Quickly realizing the law wasn't for him, Manzarek transferred to the UCLA film school. It was there he met his future wife, Dorothy Fujikawa. 
 
The Doors were born in 1965, when Manzarek met fellow UCLA film student Jim Morrison on Venice Beach, California. The singer's poetry was a perfect fit for the classically trained keyboardist's musical ideas, and eventually they decided to form a band. When Robby Krieger and John Densmore came onboard as guitarist and drummer, The Doors were complete. Though several bassists auditioned for the group, none could match the bass lines provided by Manzarek's left hand. Signed to Elektra Records, The Doors released six studio albums, a live album and a compilation before Morrison's untimely demise in 1971. 

Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore released two albums as a trio under the Doors moniker, with Manzarek and Krieger handling vocals. Manzarek released the solo albums "The Golden Scarab" (1973) and "The Whole Thing Started With Rock and Roll & Now It's Out Of Control" (1974) before forming the group Nite City, which invited comparisons to Mott the Hoople and Aerosmith; the quintet released its self-titled debut in 1977 and the follow-up "Golden Days Diamond Nights" the following year. 

The surviving Doors reunited to create a musical backdrop for Morrison's recorded poetry on the 1978 release "An American Prayer." Manzarek produced and performed on the L.A. band X's 1980 debut album, "Los Angeles," which remains one of the high-water marks of the punk movement. His other collaborators have included acclaimed modern-classical and film composer Philip Glass; poet Michael McClure; glam-punk icon Iggy Pop; the British band Echo and the Bunnymen; U.K. poet-musician Darryl Read; writer Scott Richardson, with whom he recorded the innovative spoken-word-and-blues series "Tornado Souvenirs;" guitarist Roy Rogers, who joined him for the 2008 collection "Ballads Before the Rain" (featuring instrumental takes on a couple of Doors songs, among other material); and pop parodist Weird Al, for whose 2009 Doors homage "Craigslist" Manzarek did a spot-on salute to his own work. 

The keyboardist's memoir "Light My Fire: My Life With the Doors" was published in 1998; he subsequently published two novels, 2001's "The Poet in Exile" (riffing on the urban legend that Morrison faked his own death) and the ghostly 2006 Civil War tale "Snake Moon." He also flexed his cinematic chops as the writer-director (and score composer) of the 2000 thriller "Love Her Madly." 

In 2002, Ray rejoined forces with Robby Krieger and has been touring ever since, playing classic Doors material to sold-out crowds composed of longtime fans and newcomers alike. 

http://www.raymanzarek.us/bio/bio.html


This is the end 
Beautiful friend 
This is the end 
My only friend, the end 

Of our elaborate plans, the end 
Of everything that stands, the end 
No safety or surprise, the end 
I'll never look into your eyes...again 

Can you picture what will be 
So limitless and free 
Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand 
In a...desperate land 

Lost in a Roman...wilderness of pain 
And all the children are insane 
All the children are insane 
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah 

There's danger on the edge of town 
Ride the King's highway, baby 
Weird scenes inside the gold mine 
Ride the highway west, baby 

Ride the snake, ride the snake 
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby 
The snake is long, seven miles 
Ride the snake...he's old, and his skin is cold 

The west is the best 
The west is the best 
Get here, and we'll do the rest 

The blue bus is callin' us 
The blue bus is callin' us 
Driver, where you taken' us 

The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on 
He took a face from the ancient gallery 
And he walked on down the hall 
He went into the room where his sister lived, and...then he 
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he 
He walked on down the hall, and 
And he came to a door...and he looked inside 
Father, yes son, I want to kill you 
Mother...I want to...fuck you 

C'mon baby, take a chance with us 
C'mon baby, take a chance with us 
C'mon baby, take a chance with us 
And meet me at the back of the blue bus 
Doin' a blue rock 
On a blue bus 
Doin' a blue rock 
C'mon, yeah 

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill 

This is the end 
Beautiful friend 
This is the end 
My only friend, the end 

It hurts to set you free 
But you'll never follow me 
The end of laughter and soft lies 
The end of nights we tried to die 

This is the end

| Closed on 05/21/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
6 Fans 
50%a. 10 (LOVE THE DOORS)
50%b. 7-9 (Liked most of their stuff)
0%c. 5-6 (Liked a few songs)
0%d. 1-4 (No Interest)

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#2 | 335 days ago

(Edited by ms_hippie_queen)
i was under the impression getting high and just seeing what comes out was the doors way of doing business. never figured ink and paper came into play. but if he was responsible for "queen of the highway" then cheers to him!

also, i don't know how to rate them. they're amazing, but if you listen too much, it starts f**king with your mind. so they are definitely on a sliding scale.
  
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#1 | 335 days ago

RIP, Ray Manzarek. The Doors were one of my favorite groups of the 60s.
#2 | 335 days ago

(Edited by ms_hippie_queen)
i was under the impression getting high and just seeing what comes out was the doors way of doing business. never figured ink and paper came into play. but if he was responsible for "queen of the highway" then cheers to him!

also, i don't know how to rate them. they're amazing, but if you listen too much, it starts f**king with your mind. so they are definitely on a sliding scale.
#3 | 335 days ago

One of the biggest myths about Morrison was that he was a heavy drug user, even Oliver Stone's movie portray's him that way, but, when you read and hear interviews with Manzarek, Krieger and Morrison, himself, that is not the case.

Krieger, who did a lot of the writing along with Morrison, was into Acid trips but Morrison was more of a drinker and smoked some herb.  Manzarek experimented with Acid but he was not a big druggie, outside of the herb. Krieger, on the other hand, did enjoy his trips.

Being a huge Doors fan, and having done one of my HS Thesis (either Jr yr or Sr yr) on the Doors, I am still amazed at how those false statements and portrayals have stuck with that band and especially with Morrison.
10 (LOVE THE DOORS)  
#4 | 335 days ago

Peace Frog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHDSnfHb5nc
7-9 (Liked most of their stuff)  
#5 | 335 days ago

RIP   brother

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