I'll add to Tour Pro's rant...
The Doors - good band. Manzarek also played bass with HIS FEET on some of their stuff with Hammond-like footpedals. Densmore - pretty solid drummer for a rock & roll band. Krieger - pretty great guitarist, IMO - had plenty of chops and tone. Morrison - The Great American Poet? Sorry, nothing more than a drunk with a pen & a microphone. His only talent was getting an audience filled with drugged up people really pumped up with his physical actions.
The LA scene - nothing substantial. I know John Philips is included in a lot of that, but to ME, the Mamas & Papas BLOW AWAY what Jim Morrison did. I love their harmonies and a lot of their songs. Do I dare compare along the same lines as the GD? Fuck no.
Jim Morrison was a freaking JOKE, IMO. Never liked him - never will.
You could have put ANYONE in the lead role of that band of any vocal talent and The Doors would have succeeded. It was the BAND that made the songs, not Morrison.
I'd rather see Mick Jagger any day.
The Great American Poet - I say it's a toss-up between Bob Dylan and Robert Hunter, thank you very much.
"Once in awhile, you can get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right." - R. Hunter
"If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously." - Jerry Garcia