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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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  • Brian
  • ANCHORAGE, AK, United States
  • 08-16-09

Excellent.....!

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

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  • Madisyn
  • Twain Harte, CA, USA
  • 03-30-09

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

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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Great story

I've read most of the Morrison bios. This one is the best one. Seems very well researched and told very well. Don't waste your time with that no one here gets out alive. I loved it when I was a kid but now I can see how lame it is. In particular the audio version. No offense to Sugarman, who reads the audio, but he is unlistenable. His hippy dialect is unbelievably annoying.

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  • Donna
  • Hazleton, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 08-17-15

fu@#ing awesome

see title.

duh...

son of a bitch guys... cmon. cmon.

thinking is allowed here guys.

c'mon.

this is just fantastic.

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