10 Questions For ... Ray Manzarek

In November, former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who earlier authored "The Poet in Exile,? as well as his autobiography, "Light My Fire: My Life With The Doors,? finished a second novel, "Snake Moon" (Night Shade Books), a Civil War era ghost story. He has released a new CD, "Atonal Head" (PBM Records), his endeavor into electronica, which he describes as ?jazz-based with computer additives? done in collaboration with Polish expatriate jazz musician Bal.? Goldmine caught up with Manzarek in to talk about the Perception? box set, The Doors? recording catalog, the poet Jim Morrison, and other subjects.
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Ray Manzarek Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and Jim Morrison, a.k.a The Doors, are presented collectively again in a $45 oral-history, retrospective coffee-table book The Doors by the Doors with Ben Fong Torres that was published by Hyperion in November. This joint effort marks the first time the remaining members of the band have collaborated to offer commentary on their influential and mysterious legacy.

It is the first and only authorized band autobiography done in conjunction with reporter and former Rolling Stone session editor, Ben Fong-Torres, that truly seeks to rectify questions left unanswered by the many secondhand accounts and speculative stories that have been written about the Doors? infamous past. The collection includes rare and never-before-seen color and black-and-white photos and interviews with all the members of the band, their families, and friends, including Jim?s father, Adm. George S. Morrison.