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“I play the drums,” says John Densmore, with tangible pride.

He may be belaboring the obvious, considering that, as the rhythmic engine of The Doors, he’s responsible for some of the most famous beats in rock history. But Densmore still bristles at what he calls the “dumb drummer” stereotype.

“The drum was the first fucking instrument,” he declares. “The reason people move and dance is that they’re trying to get back to that heartbeat. It’s the heartbeat you hear in the womb that started the whole deal. An orchestra, a four-piece rock band, whatever it is, they’re trying to get back to that heartbeat.”

The universal, ancient call of this heartbeat has been Densmore’s obsession since his childhood in Southern California.

“I took piano when I was eight, and I loved it,” he recalls. “I liked improvising on songs I had learned, rather than learning new ones. I got turned on by the piano. My teacher would give me songs to play, simplified classical and pop, and I got off on it.”

Eager to try his hand at another instrument, young John at first fixated on the clarinet. His orthodontist, however, strictly forbade him to wrap his wired mouth around any reed instruments. The world has this medical professional to thank, then, for the fact that John Densmore headed for the drums.

“I was in the orchestra and the marching band with those stupid uniforms,” Densmore recollects. “I got a rush from playing with 40 musicians, no matter how amateurish–there’s power in a marching band.”

He became enamored, in his teens, with jazz–and particularly with the playing of drummer Elvin Jones, whose evocative, muscular grooves with John Coltrane’s band influenced a multitude of rock musicians. He also became a habituรฉ of the L.A. club scene, where bands like The Byrds and Love were a foretaste of things to come.

He met guitarist Robby Krieger, and the two began writing and playing together in a band called Psychedelic Rangers. Densmore next hooked up with Chicago-bred keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who was then playing in a group known as Rick and the Ravens with his brothers and a shy Floridian named Jim Morrison, who knew Manzarek from UCLA film school.

Eventually, Manzarek’s brothers left the band, and Densmore brought Krieger in. The foursome gelled, despite lacking an element most bands took for granted. “We couldn’t find a bass player,” Densmore remembers. “We tried once or twice, but we sounded like the Stones. A white blues band. Who cares? We wanted to be different.”

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5 days ago

John Densmore

Dear Friends, Olivia Harrison (George's wife) has not only donated 1/2 million bucks to fighting the virus, she has issued a challenge that for every tweet using George's lyrics from The Inner Light, she will match $1 going up to 100k. This is my contribution
twitter.com/JohnDensmore/status/1245082995322548224

...maybe some of you will join (#innerlight2020)...all you have to do is use #innerlight2020 on Twitter to participate. More info here: www.materialworldfoundation.com.
stay safe & healthy,
john densmore

#innerlight2020

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“George's inner light has been shining out thru my heart ever since we met back in the day. Thank you Olivia and Dhani for opening our hearts further. john densmore #innerlight2020 https://t.co/Aka8cHsMIv”
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Thank you George

Thanks John!!โค๏ธ

Adelante mis ídolos THE DOORS

Wer spendet sonst noch? Habe z.B. Arnold Schwarzenegger gefunden 1 Million Dollars), aber nicht Bloomberg, Trump & Co.

Excelente meu amigo! Abraço do Brasil!

love you John...

I love the song but most people never heard of it. Here comes the sun would have got more attention. https://youtu.be/sa3948JzWCc

Love you John’!

Maria Sol

Genial John

Big John

Here's my version: https://www.facebook.com/SHMgig/videos/142720467182426/

Ciao John,from Italy..You and the Doors are a real piece of my heart.. I love you John,we will be in quarantine till 13April from 5 March. It's a nightmare!! Anyway,I hope to see you,again,here in Italy very soon. Ciao ciao LEGEND, #staysafeandhealthy โœŒ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’“

The problem with this is that they blame Morrison for being drunk . He wanted to live like this and not have these guys saying they were the band .... Morrison and manzarek made the band .. not boobie and joohnie

Fantastic! Stay safe, stay well. <3

I love that song! I love your drumming too!!!!

Love it and you stay well John ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™

Talking to myself crying out loud,Caronavirus has made an exabitition,And i want it out

I don't tweet but can share!! โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽถ

I'm on board with this! Let's share the love. Om...

Thank you for posting this๐Ÿ™

โœŒโค FANTABULOUS

Love!

โœŒ๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽถ

โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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6 days ago

John Densmore

Stay safe and healthy...

The Doors
You asked, and John Densmore answered. #AskTheDoors
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My favorite song John is The End. It is still until this day. You guys were awesome. I met Robby once at a car dealership in Van Nuys in the early 80’s. What a great guy. I’ve always loved your drumming. I had tickets to see you and Robby around 2004 or so but never made it unfortunately. Stay safe and healthy bud. John

Thanks for all the great music you have helped make, John Densmore. LIstening since 1969!

Stay safe too, John. Can I just say you are the reason why I'm a drummer, and your influence is still very strong in my playing. Thank you.

Hi John Densmore, I bought a second T-Shirt of The Doors. Greetings from Ireland. Hope your keeping well.

Cuídate John!!! Soy fanático de the Doors! Mis saludos desde Argentina!

Nice to see you John. Stay safe my friend

Leyenda viva de la mejor banda de todos los tiempos. Gracias por todo lo que hicisteis y por seguir ahi John.

Haha how wonderful! Can we here more drums and cool anecdotes please?

Mr. Densmore! Yay!

Thanks, John!

Love this!

Stay save brother

John Densmore right on john!!! My hero!!!!๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽค๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ

Same to you. John

๐Ÿ˜holla do Brasil

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Santiago Diego García

You too John. Love from Ireland, The Doors were the first band I ever loved. I remember being entranced by Riders on the Storm as a very young kid back in the late eighties/ early ninties. Shaped my love of music today. God bless.

in my younger days i just want to listen to the Doors Music love looking at interviews music videos my Favorite,stiil Going Strong,This is wild love it๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒŸ

I’ve said it before and I’ll always say it, every time I go for a session on my kit at home you are the one and only man on earth who comes into my movie with me, I pick up the sticks and tune my brain and ears while I roll them across the skins! I love your style like no other and thankyou , long live the DOORS FOREVER JOHN! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป

Thank God we have digital world, so you are in my livingroom! Playin the drums, nice! Thank you and best wishes from Germany ๐Ÿ€

John , I always thought you were at your finest with "Shaman's Blues", you controlled the song. I realize you were great with "Five to 1" by breaking your sticks for the gunshot, but your talent was truly shown with other works as well. Your performance was more nuanced with the song I aforementioned Irregardless, you will be one of my favorite drummers of all time.

The Fred Neil song was called The Dolphins - great choice John Densmore! Stay safe my friend!

Thanks John, best wishes and happy drumming, great memories playing with you and Aaron in Supai!

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1 week ago

John Densmore

Sequestered folks world-wide. Life is a dance, so get up! This helped me... hope it helps you! john d. xo

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Stay safe John. โœŠ

Thank you John! โค

Roger that Sir!

We need all the inspiration and mutual support we can get at the moment...stay safe and stay well sending all the best from Dublin Ireland.....Here's a few lines I wrote...."Stock Pile on Hope." Walk down the bare, trembling aisles of your self. Everything dispensible is now after its Best Before. Pass by the Two for One indulgences of fear and doubt. Shelves stripped of the superfluous. The tattered packaging of novelties that amused us fade behind their spent Use By dates. Remembered now as infatuations bought to distract us. Is it time to close shop? Turn out the lights? Time for the din and dirge of shutters? We are open twenty four hours and we must never close. No matter the Feast Day. The Plague or The Hour. Turn toward that aisle within, so often passed in the hurry of what seemed to matter there you will find the plenty that always was and will be. Load your cart, fill your bags, weigh your trolley down. Stock pile on hope!

Nearly quoting dear Ray there John - ‘Oh people get up and dance, the new day is coming, it’s the end of the trance.’ Stay musical Mr. D. https://youtu.be/dCjoea9-Y7g

Thanks John Densmore ๐Ÿฅ♥๏ธ love and peace.

sweet๐Ÿ’–

โ˜ฎ๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽถ

https://youtu.be/-AXWLsfCFJ4

yeah some LSD and dancing

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