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Jim Morrison of The Doors, December 08, 1943 to July 03, 1971

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It is fifty years today since the passing of Jim Morrison of The Doors. He was age 27. Despite that passage of time his words & music and that of his group, The Doors, remains as relevant and vital today as when first released. Indeed, in my opinion, Jim Morrison is timeless. I have read that he thought of himself more as a poet than as a musician. That I do believe. Insight into his being, into his mindset, can be taken from the lines below that are per Wikipedia. They refer to his time in high school.

A voracious reader from an early age, Morrison was particularly inspired by the writings of several philosophers and poets. He was influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, whose views on aesthetics, morality, and the Apollonian and Dionysian duality would appear in his conversation, poetry and songs. Some of his formative influences were Plutarch's Parallel Lives and the works of the French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud, whose style would later influence the form of Morrison's short prose poems. He was also influenced by William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Louis Ferdinand Celine, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Baudelaire, Molière, Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, Honoré de Balzac and Jean Cocteau, along with most of the French existentialist philosophers.

His senior year English teacher said, "Jim read as much and probably more than any student in class, but everything he read was so offbeat I had another teacher (who was going to the Library of Congress) check to see if the books Jim was reporting on actually existed. I suspected he was making them up, as they were English books on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century demonology. I'd never heard of them, but they existed, and I'm convinced from the paper he wrote that he read them, and the Library of Congress would've been the only source."

The first biography of Jim Morrison, published in 1980, was written by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman. The title came from The Doors song "Five to One". Also one month ago an anthology titled "The Collected Works of Jim Morrison" was released. It reflects his literary side with much of the material, coming from his estate, not previously seen. The Doors official site is: https://thedoors.com/
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hippo

Fascinating.

jerrys

@scifi72 A wonderfully romanticized portrait and a brilliant summary bio. Thanks.

scifi72

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

eagleboi

I hate it when anyone has hair lol.

RebeccaB

I get so jealous when men have better hair than I do!

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