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Ray Manzarek was keyboardist with The Doors from the late 1960's until lead singer Jim Morrison's death in the early 1970's.

Today he is stopping in Santa Barbara at Borders Bookstore promoting his book "The Poet in Exile."

Ray spent an hour with hundreds of fans, telling stories from his days with The Doors and playing several classic tunes.

Stories include:

  • Opening to wild crowds in Madison Square Garden and being blinded by flashbulbs before they have even finished setting up their equipment

  • A short story about how the Grateful Dead refused to let The Doors borrow equipment for a concert

  • Jim Morrison's arrest for indecent exposure during a Florida concert

  • Jim Morrison's death in Paris in the early 1970's

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