Take in the glory of The Doors performing ‘Crystal Ship’ and ‘Light My Fire’ in 1967

American rock group The Doors, from left to right: John Densmore (drummer), Robby Krieger (guitarist), Ray Manzarek (organist), and Jim Morrison (singer), posed in-studio in Los Angeles, California in 1968. Photo by Guy Webster.
American rock group The Doors, from left to right: John Densmore (drummer), Robby Krieger (guitarist), Ray Manzarek (organist), and Jim Morrison (singer), posed in-studio in Los Angeles, California in 1968. Photo by Guy Webster.

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY JACK WHATLEY AND PUBLISHED BY FAR OUT MAGAZINE ON NOVEMBER 2, 2018.

A tradition to many, American Bandstand was a TV show which offered the kids across America a chance to see the latest and newest bands on the scene. In July 1967 it was the turn of the revolutionary band The Doors, fronted by the lizard king Jim Morrison.

The Doors’ influence on culture, and music, in particular, is hard to argue with. The band’s development of musical artistry must’ve been an inspiration to so many artists in the 70’s who developed their own characters, films and content, as well as their own musical direction.

In 1967 though the band were about to embark on their now infamous European tour which would gather yet more followers to their sensual and sultry sound. The band pushed themselves apart from any faction, any establishment and any political rhetoric they did not agree with and because of it took a legion of fans along with them. The opportunity therefore to have a national audience proved another feather in the cap for a band unwilling to wear it.

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