The Artist Birthday Series

John Densmore: musician, author, and more

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Today’s Artist Birthday: John Densmore (b. 1 December, 1944), musician, songwriter, dancer, author, actor

John Paul Densmore was born in Los Angeles, California, and is best known as the drummer of the rock band The Doors. He grew up playing piano and later took up drums/percussion for the marching band at his school. He joined the Doors in 1965 and remained a member until the band’s dissolution in 1973. According to Densmore’s own book, he quit the band on more than one occasion in reaction to Jim Morrison’s increasingly self-destructive behavior, although he returned within a day or two.

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