Doors Examiner host Geoff Stratton here. On December 1, 2016, Doors drummer John Densmore celebrates his 72nd birthday, so we’re honoring the occasion by signposting some of John’s more recent activities.
Coming up, we’ll have three articles by Jim Cherry about John’s history and exploits, including a report from a fan who met him in person during his recent book tour.
First we present an interview he did with Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks back in March 2014. In this wide-ranging discussion, John talks about art, music, politics, his book The Doors Unhinged — which recounts his legal battle with Krieger and Manzarek over the use of The Doors’ name — and memories of the 1960s. In particular, don’t miss his impromptu performance of “An American Prayer” beginning around the 18:40 mark.
And on November 17, 2016, John appeared at California State University Los Angeles with other fans of the poet Robert Bly for the opening of the film Robert Bly, A Thousand Years of Joy. Densmore was briefly interviewed for the linked article, and also contributed commentary to the film, in which he explained his appreciation for Bly’s work.
We wish John a happy birthday, with many more to follow!