The Doors' John Densmore on Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Oliver Stone and the New Protest Generation (Audio and Transcript)

John Densmore (left) and Robert Scheer. (Christopher Ho)
John Densmore (left) and Robert Scheer. (Christopher Ho)

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks with John Densmore, famed American musician best known as the drummer of The Doors.

Scheer and Densmore discuss how the activism of the 1960s affected The Doors’ music, and how today’s young people advocating for gun control are continuing the legacy of the Vietnam protests.

“There was, dare I say it, a search for integrity,” Scheer says of The Doors. To Densmore, he adds: “I’ve observed you as a citizen, as an activist, as a person who has stood for something.”

Densmore expressed his admiration for the resurgence of contemporary youth activism. “I see these Parkland kids, and I get going,” he said. “If you’re a politician, you’re supposed to be an elder, listening to these kids. I get worked up about all this.”

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