Words and photos by Angela Levitan
In the mid to late 1960s and 1970s, Los Angeles, California was home to a plethora of budding new bands. Arguably the most popular LA-grown band at the time was The Doors, made up of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore. The Doors frequented the Sunset Strip hotspot, the Whiskey A Go Go, often performing as the venue’s house band. On May 23, 1966 they began their legendary run at the Whiskey, opening for every group to play there until August 21, 1966. This where they ultimately rose to fame. Although The Doors were only a band for 8 years, ending in response to Jim Morrison’s tragic death at age 27, they were nonetheless one of the most iconic bands to come out of Los Angeles. With their psychedelic, bluesy sound and Jim Morrison’s croony yet rough voice, The Doors paved the way for the next generations of bands. The Doors reigned over LA for those 8 glorious years and their presence will never be forgotten.
Thank you to Andie for being such a wonderful model.