Video Village With Ask Chris: Ray Manzarek On Venice Beach


When Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died last week in Germany the clubs of the Sunset Strip dimmed their lights for ten minutes. Before his music career, Manzarek graduated from UCLA film school, and in 2003 made this short about his years in Venice. Yo Venice! Discovered this amazing clip and I feel like I really spent 20 minutes on the beach with Ray. The film travels past the rollerblades and sunglasses looking for the “darker places” he and Jim Morrison visited while inventing their band there in the mid 1960’s. “Venice is the kind of place,” says the organist. “Where a man could commit a crime, plan a murder, start a religion.” Manzarek lived on Fraser Avenue “after the beatniks and before the hippies” and goes back to revisit the canals, St. Mark’s jazz club, the Circle bar, and even knocks on the door of his onetime home. Los Angeles is darker without this great musician.

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  • Brandt

    Ray’s playing was a staple of The Doors. He’ll certainly be missed after such a long and fruitful career helping to create such haunting music. The Doors’ songs opened my mind to other realms of possibilities and cleansed my perception. I paid tribute to Ray when I heard of his passing by creating a new portrait of him and some melting doors which you can see on my artist’s blog at Drop by and let me know how The Doors influenced you too.