"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." This is a quote from the introduction of Aldous Huxley's book, The Doors of Perception, which Huxley had quoted from William Blake's 18th Century poem, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Huxley's book would become an inspiration to Jim Morrison, in naming his rock group, The Doors, after Huxley's book, which detailed his experiences while under the influences of mescaline.
|The Doors first album included their hit, Light My Fire, as well as well as Break on Through and the controversial The End.|
The members of The Doors included Jim Morrison (vocal), co-founder Ray Manzarek (keyboard), John Densmore (guitar) and Robby Kreiger (drums). The Doors blend of blues, classical, Eastern music, and pop, combined with Morrison's rich, chilling vocals and sonorous voice, and the very dark and sinister aspects of his music writing/poetry of psychedelic experience created a unique sound that would make them of the most influential and popular groups of the 1960's. This would occur despite the controversies that would surround Morrison from their first recording session and later. Following the completion of the recording of what would be their greatest hit, Light My Fire, Morrison broke into the recording studio and hosed it down with a fire extinguisher. Why? John Densmore explains. Morrison would later become the only rock star to ever be arrested, on stage, during a concert. He was tried and convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior after exposing himself on stage. This incident would remove The Doors from certain concert venues. Morrison would also have the distinction of being the only rock star to be forever banned from The Ed Sullivan Show for not omitting the use of the word "Higher" in their performance of Light My Fire. Ray Manzarek recounts the story here. Despite this The Doors popularity did not wane. They would continue to make recordings that were both artistic and popular until Morrison left the group in 1971.
After leaving The Doors, Morrison gave up performing, and moved to Paris, France, in order to pursue writing his poetry. He had already published a book of his poetry the previous year. However, Morrison died shortly after moving to Paris. An autopsy was never carried out on his body and many have assumed that he died of substance abuse. Yet, 32 years after his death, The Doors and their music appear to be as popular as they were during the 1960's.