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Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend | [Stephen Davis]

Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend

As the lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison's searing poetic vision and voracious appetite for sexual, spiritual, and psychedelic experience inflamed the spirit and psyche of a generation. Since his mysterious death in 1971, millions more fans from a new generation have embraced his legacy, as layers of myth have gathered to enshroud the life, career, and true character of the man who was James Douglas Morrison.
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Publisher's Summary

As the lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison's searing poetic vision and voracious appetite for sexual, spiritual, and psychedelic experience inflamed the spirit and psyche of a generation. Since his mysterious death in 1971, millions more fans from a new generation have embraced his legacy, as layers of myth have gathered to enshroud the life, career, and true character of the man who was James Douglas Morrison.

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.

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    jason JAY, OK, United States 03-04-13
    jason JAY, OK, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Jim Morrison?

    The content itself, i think it could been poorly told and i would've liked it. But it was well told.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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....


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    bla


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Suck my momma


    Any additional comments?

    if you want to call yourself an artist and you haven't experience Jim Morrison, your wrong.

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    Randy 12-19-12
    Randy 12-19-12
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    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.

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    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 08-07-12
    Cargod63 palm desert, ca, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A little long and drug out in parts"

    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.

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    Brian ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 08-16-09
    Brian ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 08-16-09 Member Since 2007

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    A bit before my time, but I really enjoyed the story.

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    Madisyn Twain Harte, CA, USA 03-30-09
    Madisyn Twain Harte, CA, USA 03-30-09
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    "Most informative & objective Morrison book"

    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.

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    Susan Ocean View, DE, United States 01-21-08
    Susan Ocean View, DE, United States 01-21-08
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    "loved it!!!"

    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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