Robby Krieger of The Doors: First-Ever Memoir ‘Set the Night on Fire’ Coming 10/12, Pre-Orders Up Now

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On Oct. 12, Little, Brown & Company will publish Set the Night on Fire, the first official memoir from legendary guitarist Robby Krieger of the Doors.

Given the scope of the Doors’ history and contributions to music over the years, this comes with significant anticipation. It ought to be a real treat for fans of Krieger, whose unmistakable presence was one of the strongest elements of the Los Angeles’ band’s dynamic sound.

Pre-orders for Set the Night on Fire are up now at various book retailers. Here’s a snippet of the book’s synopsis, per Barnes & Noble:

Through a series of vignettes, Robby Krieger takes readers back to where it all happened: the pawn shop where he bought his first guitar; the jail cell he was tossed into after a teenage drug bust; his parents’ living room where his first songwriting sessions with Jim Morrison took place; the empty bars and backyard parties where The Doors played their first awkward gigs; the studios where their iconic songs were recorded; and the many concert venues that erupted into historic riots. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE is packed with never-before-told stories from The Doors’ most vital years, and offers a fresh perspective on the most infamous moments of the band’s career.

Krieger also goes into heartbreaking detail about his life’s most difficult struggles, ranging from drug addiction to cancer, but he balances out the sorrow with humorous anecdotes about run-ins with unstable fans, famous musicians, and one really angry monk. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE is at once an insightful time capsule of the ‘60s counterculture, a moving reflection on what it means to find oneself as a musician, and a touching tale of a life lived non-traditionally. It’s not only a must-read for Doors fans, but an essential volume of American pop culture history.

Back in August of 2020, Krieger released a trippy new instrumental album, The Ritual Begins at Sundown, which featured collaborations with longtime colleague Arthur Barrow (an esteemed Frank Zappa alum), as well as other Zappa alumni, including Jock Ellis (Trombone), Sal Marquez (Trumpet) and Tommy Mars (Keys) as well as AeB Bryne (Flute), Vince Denim (Sax), Chuck Manning (Sax), Joel Wackerman (Drums) and Joel Taylor (Drums).

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