Top 10 Quotes About The Doors
#10 - BEHIND THE MYTH
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"The key to The Doors is the culture behind the myth." —Iggy Pop

#09 - CLUSTER BOMB
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“No band in the history of rock has come to define a time and place with such exactitude as The Doors. There was no precedent for their music, a powerful alchemy that drew from Beat poets, Chicago Southside Blues, the modal jazz of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, and the narcotic sustain of the Indian raga. On paper, it sounded like a grad student’s febrile thesis—all left brain and pretentious. In concert, it detonated like a cluster bomb; the mojo rising in direct proportion to the music’s dynamic (i.e.,  sexual) release. The year 1967 is unimaginable without ‘Light My Fire.’” – Harvey Kubernik, Canyon of Dreams, 2009

#08 - A LITTLE FURTHER
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“The lyrics were oblique, the message was coded, but you sensed there was something, that they had gone a little further. They were trying something new. A higher consciousness. So I had to get hold of some acid. And uh, it was acid rock. First came ‘Break on Through.’ Then ‘Whiskey Bar,’ ‘Soul Kitchen,’ and it moved up to ‘Light My Fire.’ The second side would be ‘The End,’ of course. That was amazing. To hear an eighteen-minute song in rock was quite amazing. It was breakthrough music, a great moment. The lyrics were primal. They talked about death. A lot of death, you know. And in the infantry, I was on the front line, so I related to that. When Morrison died in 1971, it was like the day Kennedy died.” – Oliver Stone, interview, The Boston Globe, March 1, 1991

#07 - MISSIONARIES OF APOCALYPTIC SEX
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“[The Doors] have nothing in common with the gentle Beatles. They lack the contemporary conviction that love is brotherhood and the Kama Sutra. Their music insists that love is sex and sex is death and therein lies salvation. The Doors are the Norman Mailers of the Top 40, missionaries of apocalyptic sex.” – Joan Didion, "Waiting for Morrison," The White Album, 1979

#06 - A PERFECT FIT
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“Morrison was a dangerous mind. He read books. Huxley, Rimbaud, Artaud, and perhaps Milton. He was an intellectual and artistic anarchist . . . When talking of The Doors, the sheer presence of Morrison makes us sometimes forget how brilliant Krieger, Densmore, and Manzarek were as players and songsmiths. Morrison needed a highly sympathetic sonic wilderness to wander in, and they were right there for him. It was a perfect fit.” – Henry Rollins

#05 - MAJOR UPHEAVAL
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“The Doors embodied—incarnated—a major upheaval in popular culture. Their music was of the times and it shaped the times.” – Jac Holzman

#04 - HUNGRY-LOOKING QUARTET
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"The Doors are a hungry-looking quartet with an interesting original sound but with what is possibly the worst stage appearance of any rock 'n' roll group in captivity. Their lead singer emotes with his eyes closed, the electric pianist hunches over his instrument as if reading mysteries from the keyboard, the guitarist drifts about the stage randomly, and the drummer seems lost in a separate world." —Pete Johnson, "The Doors at the Whisky-A-Go-Go," Los Angeles Times

#03 - AT THE BOTTOM OF THINGS
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"The Doors have to be accepted as a part of the theatre. A new theatre, and a different theatre, but theatre nonetheless. When this is done, the Doors sound becomes more than understandable. It becomes beautiful. The Doors create the sound of contemporary tragedy—and tragedy, Nietzsche said, leaves man with a certain comfort. That is, to know that life is at the bottom of things, despite whatever goes on up there on the surface." —Mike Jahn, Jim Morrison and the Doors: An Unauthorized Book, 1969

#02 - CARNIVORES
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"The Doors. Their style is early cunnilingual, late patricidal, lunchtime in the Everglades, Black Forest blood sausage on electrified bread, Jean Genet up a totem pole, artists at the barricades, Edgar Allan Poe drowning in his birdbath, Massacre of the Innocents, tarantella of the satyrs, L.A. pagans drawing down the moon . . . The Doors. Their voice is dark and bloody, a voice from the bowels. Satanic in intensity, devouring in energy, awesome in spirit. The voice of Nietzsche, stopped short in terror, succumbing to madness, lusting for the salvation of flesh . . . The Doors are carnivores in a land of musical vegetarians." —Tom Robbins, Helix, July 1967

#01 - WARLOCKS OF POP CULTURE
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"The Beatles and the Stones are for blowing your mind. The Doors are for afterward, when your mind is already gone . . . The music of The Doors is more surreal than psychedelic, it is more anguish than acid . . . The Doors are the warlocks of pop culture" —Gene Youngblood, L.A. Free Press

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