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The Doors by Greil Marcus
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Jan 13, 2012

really liked it

This book is shocking. Why? Greil Marcus likes The Doors!

Not everything of course. He dismisses Waiting for the Sun (except for My Wild Love, the early demo version of Hello I Love You, and the live Denmark performance of The Unknown Soldier), The Soft Parade, and Morrison Hotel (except for Roadhouse Blues, the jazz version of Queen of the Highway, and the live versions of non-album tracks Gloria and Mystery Train).

However he believes in The Doors, believes in their struggle to break on through to the other side, believes in its valor. Because everything is at stake, the struggle is always fraught with peril, always in danger of being lost; visions of the future can be blotted out, the horizon you are trying to reach gone as failure slams doors shut.

This book is rock n roll in the same way because Marcus risks the foolish grasping for transcendence. Like The Doors, he falls on his face a lot, but the bravery is inspiring and when it all comes together for a chapter, or a few pages, or a paragraph, or (as Marcus writes of the song Strange Days) for only seven seconds, it's all worth it.

"People pay to see others believe in themselves."
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