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EDITORS’ NOTES

Dark and alluring, The Doors honed a radical new sound by wedding rock ‘n' roll rebellion to transgressive art. Commanding the spotlight with his foreboding baritone was Jim Morrison—the provocative, charismatic frontman equally inspired by surrealist poetry and Elvis Presley's leering sexiness. The 1967 hit “Light My Fire” unveiled their unique sense of atmosphere: jazz-inspired keyboards and grooving fretwork that undulate like charmed snakes. The Doors also excelled at brute force, as the debauchery-soaked “Roadhouse Blues” shows, establishing the template for bluesy, growling hard rock.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dark and alluring, The Doors honed a radical new sound by wedding rock ‘n' roll rebellion to transgressive art. Commanding the spotlight with his foreboding baritone was Jim Morrison—the provocative, charismatic frontman equally inspired by surrealist poetry and Elvis Presley's leering sexiness. The 1967 hit “Light My Fire” unveiled their unique sense of atmosphere: jazz-inspired keyboards and grooving fretwork that undulate like charmed snakes. The Doors also excelled at brute force, as the debauchery-soaked “Roadhouse Blues” shows, establishing the template for bluesy, growling hard rock.

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