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Doors fans holding out hope for a reconciliation between drummer John Densmore and his fellow surviving band mates, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger, may have to shut the door on that wish.  Densmore is preparing to publish a new book titled The Doors: Unhinged — Jim Morrison‘s Legacy Goes On Trial, in which he opens up about the legal battles he’s fought with Manzarek and Krieger that led to the ongoing feud.

In the book, which will be available via Amazon.com on April 17, the drummer shares details about the lawsuits, in which he moved to prevent the use of the band’s music to sell products and sought to block Manzarek and Krieger from incorporating “The Doors” into the moniker of their own side group.  An official press release explains that The Doors: Unhinged will show how Densmore “weathered betrayals by his ‘musical family,’ character assassinations, and the rising fear that he would lose everything in his efforts to stand up for what he believed in.”

Among the interesting episodes covered in the memoir, according to the release, include Densmore facing a $40 million suit brought by Manzarek and Krieger, and being labeled as “a communist, anarchist & al-Qaeda supporter” by his ex-band mates’ attorney during the proceedings.  Apart from the legal wrangling the book also will touch on Densmore’s environmental activism, and will recount an incident in which he and Bonnie Raitt were “tossed in the paddywagon” together after participating in a protest attempting to save an old-growth forest.

Densmore is self-publishing The Doors: Unhinged utilizing Amazon.com’s CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing platforms.  The book will boast previously unseen photographs of the band and Jim Morrison’s family members.  Many music and entertainment luminaries have given their support and/or endorsement to the project, including Raitt, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, director Oliver Stone, and actors Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges.

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