When Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in Paris in 1971, Manzarek gathered himself and soldiered on. In fact, Manzarek still collaborates with an off-the-wall poet, though he undoubtedly finds it far less stressful working with Michael McClure than with the drunken, unpredictable counterculture icon that was Jim Morrison. McClure's beatnik poetry is read to gentle jazz and classical strains from Manzarek's piano. The two released a film of one of their performances, The Third Eye, in 1997. It all goes to show that Manzarek, like his deceased bandmate, is a rider on the storm, not coattails.
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