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The Doors, Venice Beach, 1966

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The Doors, with an open-shirted Ray Manzarek, take a break from rehearsal at their $200/month Venice Beach rental house in 1966. It was located on the strand and not too far from the Venice Pier (seen in the background). “Light My Fire” was created here. (photo: Bill Harvey)

NOTE: This photo appears in the book ‘The Doors by The Doors with Ben Fong Torres’, yet is a mirror image of this, giving us the impression that the band is north of the pier. I’ve gone ahead and flipped that photo horizontally, putting them south of the pier, and does indeed feel more genuine. The afternoon sun’s direction seems more accurate, and, if you look closely, you can see the buttons on Manzarek’s button-up shirt. Most shirts for men have buttons on the right of the garment.

UPDATE: For a broad shot, click here.

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