JIM MORRISON: Life, Death, LegendSTEPHEN DAVIS Book Number: 86234 Product format: Paperback
"I contend an abiding sense of irony over all I do" wrote Jim Morrison in 1968. His famous 'Lizard King' persona was a joke, but it was a serious joke. Jim Morrison's serial evocation of the American desert and its reptilian underworld was part of his existential drive to include in the experience of life the omnipresence of impending death. He wrote: "Thinking of death as the climactic point of one's life." The Doors's drummer, John Densmore, was often frightened and bewildered by Morrison's behaviour and wrote that the band had been all about "endarkenment." No rock singer ever sounded more like he meant it than Jim Morrison. No one else could have released a subversive, anti-militarist song like The Unknown Solder with its screams of violence and despair amid the brutality of the Vietnam War. His power depended not just on the surge of his poetry with the blinding charisma of his amplified performances, but also on the rebel energy to stand up to society and challenge its hypocrisy. Morrison's tragic death at the age of 27 in 1971 was the beginning of a new legend. He has been dead for decades but is still causing trouble. His electrifying performances, sexual adventures and thirst for psychedelic experience inspired a generation. As lead singer of The Doors he rocketed to the top of the charts and played to sold out venues all around the world. From original interviews and long lost recordings and Morrison's own unpublished journals, Stephen Davis provides a vivid portrait of a misunderstood genius. Every page brims with fascinating new details from his troubled youth in a strict military household to his coming-of-age in the avant-garde scene of 1960s LA, his epic alcohol and drug binges, and his affairs with both men and women. Compelling, harrowing, intimate and revelatory. 482pp in illustrated paperback.
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