Formed in 1965, The Doors became a well-known, controversial band that would become one of the many successful rock bands during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band would have probably continued, but they decided to disband shortly after the death of Jim Morrison. Jim Morrison was the one responsible for bringing the band together in the first place. He was not only a singer and a song writer; he was also the author of a few poetry books and a film director. It was unfortunate that such a talented individual would pass away at the age of 27, but he had apparently become depressed. Exactly how he died has caused much speculation.
Coming together in 1965 and staying together until 1971, the band consisted of Jim Morrison, who was the singer, Robby Krieger who was the guitarist, Ray Mazarek, who was the keyboardist and John Densmore, who was the drummer for the band. The Doors covered a few music genres, including hard rock, blues rock, acid rock and basic rock. The group was fairly popular as many enjoyed their music, but the band was the center of much controversy; or rather, Jim Morrison was the center of some controversy. Though the band worked together on many of their songs and performances, Jim Morrison appeared to suffer under the tensions of his position. As time went on, he began to become more dependent on alcohol and he also started to have emotional outbursts on stage. Interest in his music began to wane. By the time The Doors were starting their year long tour, the concerts that were set during the year were canceled after Jim Morrison was arrested and charged for indecency and obscenity. While this could very well have been very discouraging for the rest of the band, they continued on and Jim Morrison continued to pursue some of his interest in poetry and filming.
During their time together, The Doors put out a number of successful albums that continue to sell very well today. The other three members did not seem to let Jim Morrison’s problems get in the way of their music too much. From 1965 until 1971, the four members worked together to put together songs and compile numerous albums. After Morrison’s death in 1971, the other three members of the band continued on for about one year. In 1972, they decided to dissolve the band. While this may have been the end of the band at that time, the surviving members did manage to come together for reunions a few years later, in 1978. They also had a partial reunion in 2001 and 2003. It is calculated that The Doors continue to sell about one million albums a year, which shows that though the life of the band was brief, they continue to be favored and well-liked by the general populace of North America. They may have been controversial, but the bottom line was that they had good music that people enjoyed listening to, despite whatever concerns or rumors may have existed about the band.