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Ray Manzarek

Manzarek in 2007
Background information
Birth name Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr.
Born (1939-02-12)February 12, 1939
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died May 20, 2013(2013-05-20) (aged 74)
Rosenheim, Germany
Genres Psychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock, hard rock, blues, jazz fusion, funk, rock and roll, electronic music, punk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, filmmaker
Instruments Keyboards, Vocals
Years active 1961–2013
Labels Elektra
Associated acts The Doors, Manzarek–Krieger, Rick & the Ravens, Nite City, The Manzarek–Rogers Band, Skrillex, X
Website TheDoors.com
The Official Site of Ray Manzarek
Notable instruments
Vox Continental
Gibson G-101
Rhodes
Keyboard bass
RMI Electra Piano

Alan Ginsberg was fabulous. The man is so filled with energy. He's 65 years old and he's just loaded with energy and charm and wit and his mind is constantly racing.
Ray Manzarek
If there was no black man there would be no Rock'n'Roll. The beat, the rhythms of Africa are what created Rock'n'Roll and Jazz.
Ray Manzarek
The Doors were successful. It was Jim Morrison as the centre and the figure and the spokesman, the figurehead, but we were all into the same thing. That's why we were a band.
Ray Manzarek
I thought we were gonna open up the world of poetry and music to all kinds of things, and yet, I can't really think of anyone who's done anything like it since.
Ray Manzarek
The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you're free.
Ray Manzarek
Jim wanted to be known as a poet, first and foremost.
Jim, as just a spoken poet, was not that good. He needed the music behind him. He felt a security and a sense of abandon when the music existed around him.
Ray Manzarek
I need three million dollars to make a low-budget, intellectual, artistic, exciting, erotic movie with a great soundtrack.
Ray Manzarek
I think I'm a very poor piano player.
I'm basically a cocktail jazz kind of pianist. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a very good keyboard player. People think I think I'm good. I think I'm a very poor piano player.
Ray Manzarek
We went on stage with the Jefferson Airplane, Jim started singing with Grace Slick and hugging her. Then he danced off the stage, went back into the dressing room and passed out cold.
Ray Manzarek
The Doors were never that good as musicians.
Rock 'n' roll is like a circus today.
Through all of history mankind has ingested psychedelic substances. Those substances exist to put you in touch with spirits beyond yourself, with the creator, with the creative impulse of the planet.
Ray Manzarek
The Doors movie is a pack of lies. It did not make money. You want to make money in America? Tell the truth.
Ray Manzarek
Drugs shouldn't be used for recreation although they can be, but ultimately the point of psychedelics is to put you in touch with the powers of the universe.
Ray Manzarek
Movies were very important. The art-form of the 20th century.