Wednesday 22 November 2017

Densmore: Drink got to Morrison

John Densmore said it was drink which ruined Jim Morrison
John Densmore said it was drink which ruined Jim Morrison

The Doors' drummer John Densmore believes Jim Morrison's alcoholism led to his untimely demise.

The band's experiments with drugs inspired their early music, but John insists they were not what led to Jim's downfall.

John said: "First of all drugs is a very complicated subject - we did early experiments with psychedelics, which were actually legal at the time, and then you know, when the culture went on to cocaine... there's a huge difference between pot and crack."

He added: "Jim got in to the legal drugs. Cigarettes and alcohol kills most people. That's when we had to close the studio down, and the next morning when he was sober we'd get a good take."

When You're Stange, a new documentary directed by Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, uncovers previously unseen footage of the band, and claims to tell their story as it was.

Asked if When You're Stange is the true story of The Doors, John said: "Well it's the closest anyone has gotten so far.

"It's more well-rounded than Oliver Stone's movie, which I liked. It was about the self-destructive artist primarily, and Val Kilmer was terrific.

"This movie... has a younger, more happy Jim, and more optimistic... and then Dionysus takes over."

:: When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors is released on July 2.

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