Light My Fire: My Life with the Doors
The mythology surrounding the Doors has grown so thick and crusty that it begs for a sound debunking. Not surprisingly, the band?s cofounder?who?s been shamelessly trading on the group?s rep as visionary savants since singer Jim Morrison?s 1971 death?isn?t the man for that job. Still, if you can overlook Manzarek?s predilection for New Age psychobabble and proud-papa puffery (Morrison ?reinvented the gods before our very eyes,? he gushes at one point), Light My Fire proves a refreshingly candid read, balancing over-the-top silliness with plainspoken, this-is-how-it-really-went-down clarity. Though there?s little here that cultists won?t already know, Manzarek?s front-row take ultimately yields an uncommonly revealing portrait of this paradigm-shifting group, making this a Doors bio worth opening.