John Densmore Inducts Jac Holzman into Rock Hall of Fame

Jac Holzman and John Densmore at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It looks like the non-performer category at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony doesn’t get a whole lot of press. While you can find photos and videos of Rob Zombie inducting Alice Cooper, or Paul Simon inducting Neil Diamond, finding a report or photo of John Densmore inducting Elektra founder and President Jac Holzman into the Hall was a near, but not impossible, task. But it happened at last night’s ceremony, during the 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held on March 14, 2011.

The induction ceremony for the non-performer category was held just after the ceremonial evening officially began. First Lloyd Price inducted Specialty Records founder Art Rupe. Then, The Doors’ drummer John Densmore gave his induction speech for Jac Holzman. Densmore related the tale of Jim Morrison trashing the recording studio after the recording of “Light My Fire,” and thanked Holzman for paying for the damage, citing Holzman’s philosophy of “take care of the music, and the music will take care of you.” Densmore also read a poem of Jim Morrison’s, punctuating the speech with a hand drum.

Originally published March 15, 2011.

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