John Densmore Book Talk on Video
The Doors Unhinged – A Bunche Center Authors’ Series Event
In May, 2014, drummer John Densmore, an original and founding member of the famed rock group, The Doors, held a book talk as part of the Bunche Center Authors’ Series. Densmore read passages from his book while drumming and delighted audience members, who had traveled from as far away as Chicago, with his talk and impromptu concert. Courtesy of filmmaker Laura Rudich, to view highlights from the event, Click Here.
During the book talk, Densmore discussed, The Doors: Unhinged, where he writes about the conflict between he and his band mates as they fought over the right to use The Doors’ name. At the same time, the book examines how this conflict mirrors and reflects a much larger societal issue – that no amount of money seems to be enough for even the wealthiest people. His previous book, the autobiography, Riders on the Storm, was on the New York Times bestseller list.
Densmore is a longtime supporter of the Bunche Center, having established an endowment in academic year 1991-92 to support UCLA undergraduate students who major or minor in Afro-American Studies. After the book talk, Densmore dined with the students supported by his scholarship, Deanna Jordan and Ashley Tapley, taking time to hear more about their interests and goals.
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Densmore flanked by Deanna Jordan (left) and Ashley Tapley (right).