The Doors Essay Research Paper Ray played

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The Doors Essay, Research Paper Ray played demos for all the record companies in LA and everybody said, No . Nobody liked the kind of music they played. (Densmore 46) Sonny and Cher’s old managers, Charlie green and Brian Store, wanted to sign the Doors but they wanted seventy-five percent of the writing and publishing of the Doors songs. The band felt that taking more than fifty percent was wrong and the old way of taking money from a band. (Densmore 79) Frank Zappa and Terry Melchar wanted to produce the Doors, but they didn t want a producer they wanted a record label. (Densmore 79) A few record companies had sent representatives to see the Doors play, but nothing came of it. Ronnie Harman tried to get us to sign a management contract but even Jim thought that she was to

regional to launch a group nationally. (Densmore 79) To the group s surprise, Billy James from Columbia records came to the Whiskey a go-go. He said he liked our demo and was head of A&R at Columbia. A&R is the department in charge of acquiring new talent. They talked big but after a month things seemed the same. (Densmore 70) A few days later John Densmore, the drummer, decided to take things into his own hands. He dropped into Billy James office at Columbia records to see what was going on with the record deal. Billy got the company to sign the Doors up to a record contract that offered them a chance to make a record but no money. Columbia didn t do anything for months, not even booking studio time to make a record. (Densmore 72) During the conversation, Billy excused

himself from the office for a moment. In his boredom John scanned the room. He came across some papers on the desk so he got up and snooped through them. While he was looking through the papers he saw one with the name the Doors on it. They were listed under the heading drop list along with 17 other artist. (Densmore 72) John told the other band members what he saw and the band was bummed but didn t want to give up. (Densmore 72) The crowds were getting bigger and more stoned each night but the Doors still lacked a record contract. Columbia had officially dropped the doors. Billy James said he was sorry and he couldn t do anything about it. (Densmore 79) The Doors got some genuine interest from Elektra Records. Joe Holzman, the owner, came down to see us several times and talked

about signing us to his label. (Densmore 79) Elektra seemed small compared to big record companies like Capitol and Columbia records. Their good taste in music as a folk label they were small enough that we wouldn t get lost in the shuffle. That was a plus to the group. The bands only worry was whether Elektra had enough power to break a group across the country. (Densmore 80) The Doors held out for a little longer continuing as the house band at the whiskey a go-go hoping to get some more offers but no offers came in. The Doors decided to sign with Elektra Records. Elektra records flew the doors to New York for the official signing of their contract. (Densmore 80) The band was afraid of the army draft. They were afraid because they knew that if anyone got drafted the group would

be destroyed. Ray was surely not to be drafted because he had already been in the service years before the band was formed. He enlisted. After a few years Ray wanted out. He swallowed a ball of aluminum foil, which gave him an ulcer. Then he told them he was a homosexual. They sent him home. In the summer of 1965, Jim, Robby and John received notices to report for an army physical. (Densmore 53) John had to go to the induction center in L.A.; was to follow the next week. (Densmore 54) Robby s family hired a psychiatrist to write up a letter saying he was unfit. Then they sent him to the draft bored in Tucson, Arizona where local anti draft movement hadn t yet made them immune to excuses. (Densmore 53-54) John went to his physical in a blue and pink striped shirt and brown chords