harvey kubernik

No band in the history of rock has come to define a time and place with such exactitude as The Doors. There was no precedent for their music, a powerful alchemy that drew from Beat poets, Chicago Southside Blues, the modal jazz of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, and the narcotic sustain of the Indian raga. On paper, it sounded like a grad student’s febrile thesis—all left brain and pretentious. In concert, it detonated like a cluster bomb; the mojo rising in direct proportion to the music’s dynamic (i.e., sexual) release. The year 1967 is unimaginable without ‘Light My Fire.’” – Harvey Kubernik, Canyon of Dreams, 2009