The Doors’ Ray Manzarek Dies


Elhunyt Ray Manzarek, a Doors legendás billentyűse. Egy szomorú hír hanganyaggal, szószedettel és értést ellenőrző feladattal.

Listen to the article and decide if the statements are TRUE or FALSE.

1)    Ray Manzarek has died alone in his home in Germany. T/F
2)    Manzarek and Jim Morrison had not known each other for long before forming The Doors. T/F
3)    The Doors were inspired by the dark side of L.A. including Charlie’s Angels. T/F
4)    Manzarek and Morrison had the most unique looks in the band. T/F
5)    Some of Ray Manzarek’s work has become part of rock history. T/F

Answers: 1) F, 2) T, 3) F, 4) T, 5) T

Ray Manzarek, a founding member of 1960s rock group The Doors, has died at the age of 74.

The keyboard player died in Rosenheim, Germany, with his family at his bedside following a battle with bile duct cancer. He and singer Jim Morrison formed The Doors in 1965 after a chance meeting at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. The Doors’ original line-up, which also included drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robbie Krieger, was only together for a few years and they only made six studio albums. But the band retained a large and obsessive following long after Morrison’s death, aged 27, in 1971 of a suspected heart attack and the band has sold more than 100 million records with songs such as "Light My Fire" and "Riders On the Storm" still considered "classic" rock favorites. For Doors admirers, the band symbolized the darker side of the Los Angeles lifestyle, what happened to the city after the sun went down and the Beach Boys fans headed home

The Doors’ vibe "has more to do with Charles Bukowski than it does with Farrah Fawcett," said John Doe of punk band X, a friend of Manzarek’s for more than 30 years, referring to the poet and ‘Charlie’s Angels’ star, respectively.

"It has more to do with Raymond Chandler and Nathaniel West, and Sunset Boulevard the movie, than it does with Beach Blanket Bingo, right? … It’s a real dark place out in LA."

Next to Morrison, Manzarek was the most distinctive-looking band member, his glasses and wavy blond hair providing the clean living look as a contrast to Morrison’s Dionysian glamour – his sensuous mouth and long, dark hair. Musically, Manzarek’s spidery organ on "Light My Fire" is one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in rock history. With his keyboard work he would go on to be a touchstone of hits like Break On Through (To The Other Side) and Light My Fire.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," said Doors guitarist Robby Krieger in a statement. "I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."
Manzarek is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son and three grandchildren.


founding member – alapító tag
battle – csata, küzdelem
bile duct – epevezeték
line-up – felállás
to retain – megtartani, megőrizni
obsessive – megszállott, mániákus
to suspect – gyanítani
admirer – csodáló, hódoló, rajongó
to head home – hazafelé indulni/venni az irányt
vibe – rezgés, vibrálás, hangulat
to refer – utalni (valamire)
respectively – illetőleg, egyenként
distinctive – egyedi, megkülönböztető
glamour – bűbáj, varázslat
sensuous – érzéki
recognizable – felismerhető
touchstone – próbakő


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