Alan Krieger, born January 8, 1946, in Los Angeles, is a musical
performer and The Doors guitarist. He attended UCLA.
"The first music I heard that I liked was Peter and the Wolf.
I accidentally sat and broke the record (I was about seven). Then I
listened to rock'n'roll -- I listened to the radio a lot -- Fats
Domino, Elvis, The Platters.
"I started surfing at fourteen. There was lots of classical music
in my house. My father liked march music. There was a piano at home. I
studied trumpet at ten, but nothing came of it. Then I started playing
blues on the piano -- no lessons though. When I was seventeen, I
started playing guitar. I used my friend's guitar. I didn't get my own
until I was eighteen. It was a Mexican flamenco guitar. I took
flamenco lessons for a few months. I switched around from folk to
flamenco to blues to rock'n'roll.
"Records got me into the blues. Some of the newer rock'n'roll,
such as the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. If it hadn't been for
Butterfield going electric, I probably wouldn't have gone rock'n'roll.
I didn't plan on rock'n'roll. I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know
some people doing rock'n'roll with jazz, and I thought I could make
money playing music. In rock'n'roll you can realize anything that you
can in jazz or anything. There's no limitation other than the beat.
You have more freedom than you do in anything except jazz -- which is
dying -- as far as making any money is concerned.
"In The Doors we have both musicians and poets, and both know of
each other's art, so we can effect a synthesis. In the case of Tim
Buckley or Dylan you have one man's ideas. Most groups today aren't
groups. In a true group all the members create the arrangements among
Taken from original Elektra Records biography, 1967