Doors Drummer Meets His Fans
John Densmore held a book signing at Bull Moose on Record Store Day which drew a grateful crowd.
Carl and Leslie Bruenn of Cobalt, Conn., decided to extend their vacation in Maine another day when they found out that John Densmore would be signing copies of his new book.
They were the first in a line 300 people deep at the Bull Moose music store at Payne Road Plaza to meet the former Doors drummer. Densmore cheerfully signed both his book, “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial,” and the assorted album covers and other items his fans placed before him.
“Doors music was the soundtrack to my youth,” said Carl Bruenn.
Bruenn, who started the line at 9:30 a.m. in anticipation of the 2 p.m. signing, said he didn’t have much to say to his musical idol.
“I don’t want to interview him. I just want to say thanks,” said Bruenn.
Densmore was one of the big draws at Maine’s Record Store Day, an annual celebration of independent record stores that started in 2008, the brainchild of Chris Brown, Bull Moose’s marketing head.
About 1,700 independent record stores across the country marked the day with free performances, the release of more than 350 special recordings and other events.
Densmore, whose new book chronicles his legal battle to protect The Doors’ music from commercialization, said he decided to launch his book tour in Maine after hearing about Record Store Day.
“They are independent pockets of passionate people who are way into music,” Densmore said.