Doors Drummer John Densmore: "Maybe Jim's Ghost Will Haunt Me Forever"

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There are several reasons why the Doors were the archetypical band of the late '60s. A singular, shamanistic lead singer, for one; a unique, indelible sound that was magical, mystical and mesmerizing; and a career path that involved drugs, decadence, and the kind of drama that was intrinsic to the times.

After the death of the Doors' frontman, Jim Morrison, in a Paris bathtub in 1971, it was only natural that the three remaining members -- late keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger, and drummer John Densmore -- would attempt to carry on. It was also apparent that it would be futile without Morrison at the fore.

Yet despite Morrison's fury at the fact that his colleagues had considered selling rights to their song "Light My Fire" to a car company in 1968, more than three decades later, Krieger and Manzarek leaped at the chance to trade their song "Break on Through" to Cadillac for $15 million. But when the opportunity came to regroup for a tour under the thinly veiled moniker "The Doors of the 21st Century," enough was enough for Densmore.

Determined to preserve the band's legacy in a way he believed Morrison would have wanted, he and the singer's aging parents took his former colleagues to court in 2004. They endured a five year trial, a year and a half appeal, the scorn of fans and former friends, possible financial disaster, and the isolation and uncertainties of standing alone for a cause they believed in.

Densmore documented his struggles in his book Doors Unhinged, published last year, approximately two decades after his best-selling autobiography Riders on the Storm. He's about to begin a series of book readings that will bring him to Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records. We recently caught up with Densmore at home in California and asked him to provide us with a preview.


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Summer Soundtrack Comes to a Sweaty and Satisfying End (Video)

Summer Soundtrack Series with Phil Barnes and Forlorn Strangers from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

C&I Studios and Exposed PR's Summer Soundtrack came to a close last night. The pop-up concert series centered on local music, and was emceed by South Florida musician Phil Barnes.

See also: Summer Soundtrack Pop-Up Music Series: A Perfect End to the Season

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Cycle Party Expands to Fort Lauderdale Beach

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If you've walked down Las Olas or Clematis lately, chances are you've seen a Cycle Party. You know, the mobile bar/bicycle contraption that looks like something Leonardo da Vinci would have invented if he were in a frat.

Yeah, that.

If you still have no clue what I'm talking about, a Cycle Party is essentially a giant bike that seats up to fifteen people. Ten people peddle at a time, while the tour guide sits in the middle of everyone and steers. Tours last for two hours, making stops at bars along the way. Drinking is encouraged, and cup holders are provided.

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Riverside Market to Host Fundraiser for Musicians on Call Tonight

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The Riverside Market is hosting a fundraiser tonight to benefit Musicians on Call, a nonprofit charity that brings local musicians to hospitals so they can give in-room performances to patients. The event will be sponsored by Florida Beer Co., and there will be a $10 cover at the door, which includes one draft beer and goes directly to Musicians on Call.

The event will be headlined by its organizer, leader of the South Florida branch of the org, and all-around busy dude Phil Barnes. Barnes has been -- to say the least -- active in the recent South Florida music scene.

See also: Summer Soundtrack Pop-Up Series Hits Fort Lauderdale Today


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Blue Front Brings BBQ Back with a Side of Jazz, Pop, and Northern Soul

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The faux-lighthouse entranceway to the retro-quirky building at Dixie and North 12th Street in Lake Worth has seen a Pulp Fiction jumble of pop culture history pass through its doors. Its latest incarnation, Blue Front Bar-B-Que, marks a very cool new turn in its herky-jerky evolution.

The food sets the tone: all-American soul classics like ribs, pulled pork, collard greens and some killer cornbread. The decor and the musical line-up add a whole new dimension.

See also: New Beat Soul Club Brings Northern Soul Revival to Respectable Street


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Under the Radar: Alternative Talent Show Still Crazy After All These Months

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The performances and venues we love most -- out on the edge and raw to the bone -- typically have the lifespan of a mayfly. Indie, alternative, underground, and indigenous talent show Under the Radar has already beat the odds. Nine months along now and it's planning a first birthday party this fall.

See also: Coastars Coffee in Lake Worth Launches Alternative Talent Show

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Russell Mofsky of Gold Dust Lounge: Guitar Heroes of South Florida

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Mofsky and his trusty Fender Jazzmaster

Russell Mofsky is a true student of the guitar whose story has been told, thus far, via the strings of his guitars.

The Miami-bred guitarist and composer's life has been motivated by the beck and call of the six-stringed muse. From his early days performing with the unsung Miami punk legends Quit to a period of wandering through the flourishing abstract jazz scene of New York in the '90s, Mofsky has traveled many sonic paths to arrive at his current point. He composes and performs as Gold Dust Lounge, a project that mixes equal parts surf guitar and mid-century noire to make a final product that is altogether sublime.

Mofsky employs as interesting an array of tools as one would expect of such an aural alchemist, including a few lovely vintage guitars and a dizzying collection of unique effects pedals with which to morph and meld new and old sounds. We spoke with the guitarist about his fretted life as he prepared for a weekend of festivities celebrating the release of an album he says he's been trying to make for years.

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The Cravens: "We're Feeling Like We're 25 Again"

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But for their personal warmth and goofy sense of humor, "grizzled" would be a good word for these veterans of rock and roll (and a wide range of other musical genres).

Friends and off-and-on bandmates for more than 30 years now, the Cravens are the latest incarnation of the long musical evolution of Ron DeSaram and brothers John and Bill Storch -- South Florida boys who paid their Clubland dues in the cities of the Northeast and lived to sing the tale.

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Timb Returns to the Stage at Boynton Beach Arts District

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A musician of many guises at a venue of many enterprises, all it needs is a coat of many colors and the evening would be positively Biblical. And with onetime local staple Timb's taste for costumes and the theatrical, that's not out of the question either.

A fixture on the South Florida music scene for almost 20 years, Timb has hopscotched through every musical genre imaginable -- metal, electro, grunge, country, folk -- with a discography of albums totaling 20 (and counting) and a handful of side projects.

See also: 30 Days and 30 Nights With Timb

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Ten Most Notorious Miami Heat Fans: From Stitches to Jimmy Buffett

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Local rapper and internet phenomenon Stitches has made it known he loves the Miami Heat. In his artistic "Brick in Yo Face" video, one of his homeboys is wearing a LeBron James Heat jersey. In return for the love shown by Stitches, the Miami Heat warmed up to "Brick in Yo Face" before playoff games.

In recent radio interviews, Stitches let it be known he'd like to sit courtside for some of the World Champion's upcoming Heat games. At first glance, it seems unlikely a family-friendly sports team would want someone with an assault rifle tattooed on his cheek associated with its brand, but our hometown has a history of infamous b-ball fans. Here's a list of ten of the most notorious Heat lovers.

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