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The End Is Always Near: Dread, Drunkenness and The Doors, Pt. 1

Lester Bangs, unpublished, 1975

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF the Doors should not be underestimated; it has been too often already. When you consider that they represented, in the positivist context through whose belly they thrust their violence and dread, when you look around you at half time in the ‘70s and listen closely to the bands and singers that've captured the imagination in the years since Morrison first scowled and took a brief break from the Whisky's stage to hang his young ancient's head out the back door and puke up cheap booze in the alley (and all the time they thought he was on acid 24 hours a day!)... it becomes inescapable fact that, with Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground on the other coast, Jim Morrison was the father of ‘70s Rock 'n' Roll.

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