Surviving Doors Members Speak on Jim Morrison's Substance Abuse

Photo by Paul Ferrara/copyright DMC
Photo by Paul Ferrara/copyright DMC

In December we scrambled from the Pacific Palisades to Ojai, interviewing the major players behind The Doors' opus L.A. Woman. The sessions culminated in last month's cover story on the subject, which continues to be widely read. Considering we took some 50 single-spaced pages of notes, there were plenty of interesting details that didn't make the story. Here are the highlights.

On Jim Morrison's substance abuse

Ray Manzarek (organ, keyboard bass): Before L.A. Woman [Jim's self-abuse] hadn't yet affected his literary output or sense of songwriting. It had affected his health. We had a little confrontation at one point and told him he was drinking too much. He was like, 'I know, man. I'm trying to quit.' We were like, "okay, just call us and let us know."

But he didn't quit. Maybe he'd quit for a few days, but by the end of the week, it was like 'geez, I need a drink."

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