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Riders on the Storm by John Densmore
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Aug 02, 2010

really liked it
Read in July, 2010

Having read this back to back with the Stephen Davis biography of Jim Morrison, it was interesting to get another perspective on the story of the Doors, this time from the band's drummer John Densmore. Since I read the Davis book first, I was curious to know why no one seemed to reach out to Morrison to intercede as he spiraled downward, but I recognize now with the completion of the Densmore's book, that the reality of the situation was that his bandmates were only in the early 20's themselves, in an age when alcoholism wasn't yet recognized as a disease, and they were at a loss as to what to do. Still, you get the sense that there is a tremendous amount of guilt that resulted from the situation, and I think JD eloquently details how he worked through this. Definitely a heartfelt book, and one that paints a picture that seems to be very honest emotionally.

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