Out now, is Robby Krieger‘s long-awaited autobiography, Set The Night On Fire: Living, Dying, And Playing Guitar With The Doors, via the Little, Brown and Company imprint. The book, which was co-authored by Jeff Aluis, touches on such iconic Doors moments such Jim Morrison‘s arrests in New Haven and Miami, and the various sessions for the band’s six albums with him fronting the band.
According to the official announcement, “Krieger also goes into heartbreaking detail about his life’s most difficult struggles, ranging from drug addiction, to his twin brother’s mental breakdown, to his own battle with cancer. Counterbalancing the sorrow are humorous anecdotes about run-ins with unstable fans, famous musicians, and one really angry monk.”
DID YOU KNOW???
- Robby Krieger wrote such Doors masterpieces as “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me,” “Tell All The People,” “Love Her Madly” — along with co-writing “Light My Fire,” “Peace Frog,” “Ship Of Fools, “and “People Are Strange” with Jim Morrison.
- Although one of the most influential bands of the 1960’s, the Doors only scored two Number One Hits — 1967’s “Light My Fire” and 1968’s “Hello, I Love You.”
- Including their two chart-toppers, between 1967 and 1971 the Doors racked up a total of eight Top 40 hits: “People Are Strange” (#12), “Love Me Two Times” (#25), “The Unknown Soldier” (#39), “Touch Me” (#3), “Love Her Madly” (#11), and “Riders On The Storm” (#14).
- The Doors’ studio albums all hit the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Only their third album, 1968’s Waiting For The Sun hit Number One, with the band’s 1967 self-titled debut coming closest, peaking at Number Two.
CHECK IT OUT: The Doors on July 5th, 1968 performing “Moonlight Drive” live at the Hollywood Bowl: