In Jim Morrison, critically acclaimed journalist Stephen Davis, author of Hammer of the Gods, unmasks Morrison's constructed personas of the Lizard King and Mr. Mojo Risin' to reveal a man of fierce intelligence whose own destructive tendencies both fueled his creative ambitions and brought about his downfall. Gathered from dozens of original interviews and investigations of Morrison's personal journals, Davis has assembled a vivid portrait of a misunderstood genius, tracing the arc of Morrison's life from his troubled youth to his international stardom, when his drug and alcohol binges, tumultuous sexual affairs, and fractious personal relationships reached a frenzied peak. For the first time, Davis is able to reconstruct Morrison's last days in Paris to solve one of the greatest mysteries in music history in a shocking final chapter.
Compelling and harrowing, intimate and revelatory, Jim Morrison is the definitive biography of the rock idol in snakeskin and leather who defined the 1960s.
©2004 Stephen Davis; (P)2004 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.
I fpund the book to be very well written. Though I do wonder if a certain part of morrisons life was left our - the artistic poetic side of his personality. It may seem mundane to some, but it might have been much more interesting.
All in alll worth a read.
A tragic story of Morrison as he struggles with fame, girls , and the demons In his veins that ended his life in his artistic prime. This is the quintessential rock tragedy. Very gripping read that truly pulled me in to the artistic genius who was destined to flame out at a young age due to always doing everything to the extreme. The voice of his generation and for many young teenagers afterwards trying to make since out of the world.
The overall story is so compelling.
Comprehensive view into the Doors career.
Can relate more emotionally I think.
Yes, extremely upset about Jim Morrison's self-destructive behavior on every other page. What a talent but what a shame.
Enjoyed every minute of this and would recommend it to any Doors fan or classic rock fan.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
Very interesting and entertaining. There are a lot of great stories here and if they are all true then Jim Morrison was many things: a well-read, bisexual, racist, troublemaker, alcoholic, sex symbol, screenwriting, poet, rock superstar. It sounds like he may have had multiple personalities, definitely depression at points in his life, and it all seems to have stemmed from an unhappy and possibly abusive childhood.
The content itself, i think it could been poorly told and i would've liked it. But it was well told.
Jim's intensity toward freedom. I feel his whole life every day was an experiment for experience so he could create something, grow, or progress. He did what he wanted without any regard for rules and i'm envious. i feel like the slave he is mocking in the crowd....
Suck my momma
if you want to call yourself an artist and you haven't experience Jim Morrison, your wrong.
This book is very extensive and believable. Having lived through this period it brings back many memories. It was good to hear some of the behind the scenes information that I was not privy to in my youth.
I thought the book was a little drawn out but overall found it very interesting. A sad tale about a truly artistic man with one hell of a alcohol abuse problem. Great insight into a relatively short life. I learned a lot about Jim Morrison that I had not heard or I had speculated about through his writings. A must for any Doors fan but if the band wasn't of much interest to you this book may become boring.
I have read just about every book about the Doors & Morrison. I would have to say that this book gave me the most insight about the man himself. It's not a sensational book about all his antics, just a book about an artist driven by his need to produce his art & a man subdued by his demons. Excellent read.
loved it.... had to listen to some sections twice... it is so detailed that I needed to listen again to let it sink in.... was a hugh Doors fan,.... and loved Jim Morrison .... but was so sad that he let his life slip away while he drowned in alcohol... sad... sad... that no one stepped in to help save him from himself....had he been my son or brother.. I would have tried anything to help him with his demons....
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