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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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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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    Donald Seattle, WA, USA 05-12-05
    Donald Seattle, WA, USA 05-12-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Jim Morrison"

    This book is a riveting look at the life of complex man, a man very much a product of (and contributor to) his time. It captures the feel and history of LA in the 60's and early 70's.

    Morrison, debauched, naive, sympathetic, brilliant, cruel, a train wreck in waiting. He was many things....a phony he was not.

    Don't let the length of this title put you off, this is a compelling story. Great writing and narration make this one of my all time favorite listens.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Celia New Orleans LA 11-04-05
    Celia New Orleans LA 11-04-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Who knew...?"

    I grew up with The Doors and owned all their albums. I adored them but I had NO IDEA what was happening behind the scenes. This book is a real eye-opener. At times the endless recounting of drug/alcohol crazed events and never ending discontent among the band members is tedious. However, I was taken completely by surprise by a very sad and poignant ending that stayed with me for days and days.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Anthony 03-22-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "EXCELLENT!!!"

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. It made you feel like you were living in Morrison's head. It described his world well and did not paint a false picture of this man-legend. I highly recommend this to anyone who listened to Rock & Roll or Blues and grew up in the 70's. It also gives insight to younger folks of how music changed our lives back then.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alan COOKEVILLE, TN, United States 01-14-06
    Alan COOKEVILLE, TN, United States 01-14-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Fascinating"

    I avoided the Doors' music as a teenager (during the 80s) and felt that the adulation directed at Jim Morrison was undue. Now in my 30s, I decided to give Jim's story a read and I've been very pleased with the choice! I suppose I still haven't decided whether Jim was a true talent or a fluke but I became engrossed in his story and just purchased the box set of the Doors studio albums. As a musician, I appreciated that the author described important musical elements of many Doors shows: the set list, the mood of the performers, the cultural setting and even the men who handled promotion. I was surprised to learn that Jim's obscenity trial was a farce and I was reminded of the intense, judgmental morality of the conservative elements of 1960s society. Whether you come to admire Jim Morrison or not as a result of this reading, I'm convinced that you will apreciate his daring, bold approach to challenging the American status quo.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin chico, CA, United States 07-17-12
    Kevin chico, CA, United States 07-17-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Jim Morrison the most enjoyable?

    I liked hearing about the scene and enviornment around the early years of the band - I was not alive so it gave me a picture of what it was like


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    jim--crazy @@@@@%^$#


    Any additional comments?

    a bit long but found out a lot about jim - one of my favorite singers - maybe more than I wanted to -- it was a good month by month history - very detailed - I felt sorry and envied jim all at the same time - quite a drunken ride - only for hardcore fans - you might bore if you don't love the music a lot

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T A Mora Hollister, CA 03-07-07
    T A Mora Hollister, CA 03-07-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Great read"

    It was a long book but, it really kept my iterest.I listened to it all the way through in only a few days. It had a lot of info on Morrison I didn't know. He was an interesting person with a wild life...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley germantown, TN, USA 07-29-05
    Bradley germantown, TN, USA 07-29-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Questions Remain"

    This is a great history and detailed chronolgy of Morrison's life. However, it comes up short on explaining his thoughts and what actually
    fueled his destructive behaviour. For the "whens" and "wheres" it is
    excellent, but it is lacking on the "whys." We learn, as the title implies, much about his life and death. However, the legend remains as
    mysterious as ever, except for the incomplete discussions of his antics and writings that propelled him to his legendary status. The reading is outstanding, but the treatment left me wanting to know
    more, alot more. A thorough knowledge of The Doors music is essential for maximum enjoyment of the book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 06-01-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 06-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Tragic flame out of a life lived to extreme"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter J. Meza Colorado Springs, CO United States 09-28-13
    Peter J. Meza Colorado Springs, CO United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Loved Every Second of It"
    What made the experience of listening to Jim Morrison the most enjoyable?

    The overall story is so compelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Comprehensive view into the Doors career.


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Can relate more emotionally I think.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, extremely upset about Jim Morrison's self-destructive behavior on every other page. What a talent but what a shame.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed every minute of this and would recommend it to any Doors fan or classic rock fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott USA 07-09-13
    Scott USA 07-09-13 Member Since 2006

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)

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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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