The Doors' John Densmore: "I'm Trying To Uphold What Jim Wanted"

It's probably a good idea to avoid people who quote Doors lyrics in everyday conversation -- unless, of course, it's John Densmore, timekeeper for the legendary group. He earned that right, having to live with those words and Jim Morrison's predilection for acting them out onstage and in real life. That part of the equation was handily covered in his first book, Riders on the Storm, a New York Times bestseller.

In his new book, The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial, Densmore tells of the many times he's had to put on a suit and appear before a judge to ensure "Love Me Two Times" wasn't used for a Viagra commercial. Okay, that offer wasn't a real one, but $15 million offered for use of "Break on Through" in a Cadillac commercial was. The reason Densmore turned it down is the reason you're sick of Led Zeppelin now.

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