Set the night on fire Living, dying, and playing guitar with The Doors

Robby Krieger

Book - 2021

In his tell-all, legendary Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger, one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," opens up about his band's meteoric career, his own darkest moments, and the most famous black eye in rock 'n' roll. Few bands are as shrouded in the murky haze of rock mythology as The Doors, and parsing fact from fiction has been a virtually impossible task. But now, after fifty years, The Doors' notoriously quiet guitarist is finally breaki...ng his silence to set the record straight. Through a series of vignettes, Robby Krieger takes readers back to where it all happened: the pawn shop where he bought his first guitar; the jail cell he was tossed into after a teenage drug bust; his parents' living room where his first songwriting sessions with Jim Morrison took place; the empty bars and backyard parties where The Doors played their first awkward gigs; the studios where their iconic songs were recorded; and the many concert venues that erupted into historic riots. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE is packed with never-before-told stories from The Doors' most vital years, and offers a fresh perspective on the most infamous moments of the band's career. Krieger also goes into heartbreaking detail about his life's most difficult struggles, ranging from drug addiction to cancer, but he balances out the sorrow with humorous anecdotes about run-ins with unstable fans, famous musicians, and one really angry monk. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE is at once an insightful time capsule of the '60s counterculture, a moving reflection on what it means to find oneself as a musician, and a touching tale of a life lived non-traditionally. It's not only a must-read for Doors fans, but an essential volume of American pop culture history.

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Genres
Biographies
Autobiographies
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
vi, 422 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780316243346
0316243345
Main Author
Robby Krieger (author)
Other Authors
Jeff Alulis (author)
  • The Henry Hudson Hotel
  • The Worst Hair in Rock 'n' Roll
  • Beware the Stare That Threatens All Mankind
  • Wicked Go the Doors
  • Send My Credentials to the House of Detention
  • The Living Room
  • The Riot Concert
  • Guitarras Ramírez
  • Three Words
  • Between Clark and Hilldale
  • Unknown Soldiers
  • A Quest for Enlightenment: Part I
  • Ronny
  • A Quest for Enlightenment: Part II
  • Eleven Minutes, Forty-One Seconds
  • Pain Is Something to Carry, Like a Radio
  • The First Album
  • Me and Willie
  • Love Street
  • 1967
  • Let's Feed Ice Cream to the Rats
  • The Teenage Awards Music International Show
  • Strange Days
  • Lynn
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Pam
  • A Really Big Shoe
  • Carry Me, Caravan, Take Me Away
  • Feast of the Resurrection
  • Waiting for the Sun
  • Ship of Fools
  • Time to Aim Your Arrows at the Sun
  • Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Your Hands upon the Wheel
  • The Incident
  • The 27 Club
  • Chasing the Dragon
  • Waylon
  • The Soft Parade
  • The Black Eye
  • The Wings of Madness
  • The Trial
  • One Froggy Evening
  • Enough to Base a Movie On
  • Morrison Hotel
  • Blue Jacarandas
  • Immoral in Nature
  • The New Creatures
  • The Other Trial
  • L.A. Woman
  • In Tribute
  • Other Voices and Full Circle
  • The King
  • This Is the End
  • The Greatest Par Three Hole in America
  • An American Prayer
  • Occupation: Musician, Organist
  • Nirvana.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Doors guitarist Krieger reflects on his life, his career, and his memories of the great Jim Morrison, whose story still captures the imagination of music lovers everywhere; the band's official website receives over 37 million impressions monthly. With a 60,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Doors guitarist Krieger riffs melodiously through the discordant and harmonious measures of his life and times with the band in this galloping, episodic debut. He starts with his 1950s youth "in perpetually sunny Southern California," where he discovered guitar and an abiding love of music. After laying eyes on Chuck Berry's Gibson ES-335 at a show in 1965, Krieger swapped his acoustic guitar for a Gibson SG Special. In college, he reconnected with his old friend, John Densmore, who was playing drums with the Doors and invited Krieger to audition. While every year in the Doors was a strange one, he writes, 1967 set a whole new bar as the band went from "touring in a van as unproven unknowns... to headlining gigs as number one artists." Krieger chronicles the notorious ups and downs of the band and its lead singer, Jim Morrison, whose antics onstage and off attracted zealous fans and police looking to make a bust. He also sets the record straight about discrepancies in Oliver Stone's 1991 film The Doors—for one, "the Doors never did peyote in the desert." His most insightful moments come in his reflections on songwriting, "a constant reminder that music is infinite." Krieger's engrossing stories are sure to be relished by fans. (Oct.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In this must-read for Doors fans that doubles as an essential volume of American pop culture history, the legendary Doors guitarist, in his first book ever, shares never-before-told stories from the band’s most vital years as well as from his own life. 60,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this must-read for Doors fans that doubles as an essential volume of American pop culture history, the legendary Doors guitarist, in his first book ever, shares never-before-told stories from the band's most vital years as well as from his own life.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

One of AARP’s Nine New Music Memoirs and Biographies for Rock and Blues FansIn his tell-all, legendary Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger, one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” opens up about his band’s meteoric career, his own darkest moments, and the most famous black eye in rock ‘n’ roll. Few bands are as shrouded in the murky haze of rock mythology as The Doors, and parsing fact from fiction has been a virtually impossible task. But now, after fifty years, The Doors’ notoriously quiet guitarist is finally breaking his silence to set the record straight.Through a series of vignettes, Robby Krieger takes readers back to where it all happened: the pawn shop where he bought his first guitar; the jail cell he was tossed into after a teenage drug bust; his parents’ living room where his first songwriting sessions with Jim Morrison took place; the empty bars and backyard parties where The Doors played their first awkward gigs; the studios where their iconic songs were recorded; and the many concert venues that erupted into historic riots. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE is packed with never-before-told stories from The Doors’ most vital years, and offers a fresh perspective on the most infamous moments of the band’s career.Krieger also goes into heartbreaking detail about his life’s most difficult struggles, ranging from drug addiction to cancer, but he balances out the sorrow with humorous anecdotes about run-ins with unstable fans, famous musicians, and one really angry monk. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE is at once an insightful time capsule of the ‘60s counterculture, a moving reflection on what it means to find oneself as a musician, and a touching tale of a life lived non-traditionally. It’s not only a must-read for Doors fans, but an essential volume of American pop culture history.