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Jim Morrison: LIfe, Death, Legend

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    a new twist on the same story

    i have read many many books about jim morrison and the doors, however, i have found this book, so far to be very different in its approach to explaining the life and death of jim morrison. stephen davis doesn't just tell you about morrison's life, he describes it in sections. he explains the changes that take place in morrison's personality over all different times of his life and how certain events affected him. if you want the sugar coated truth of morrison's life this book is probably not the one you want to read, but if you are looking for an honest portrayal of and enigmatic musical/poetic icon, this is the book i would recommend above all others. the actual structure of the book makes it very reader friendly and is perfect for when you can read for only short periods at a time. the chapters are average length but the chapters are broken into sections that make it easy to get up and take a break, although i doubt you will want too. its the perfect gift for any morrison/doors fan.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    The Story of an Abnormal

    In The Lizard King: The Essential Jim Morrison, Jerry Hopkins describes Morrison's life and offers profound insights about Jim as a man, rather than the rock star he became. Known as a poet, mystic, and shaman, the "Lizard King" performed rock concerts like rituals and took the worship of Dionysus seriously, carrying the torch of Pagan ideals all the way to death. Because of his bizarre cult status, the real man has gradually disappeared behind the myth. The story is told mostly through a series of interviews with rock journalists Ben Fong-Torres, John Tobler, Bob Chorush, Salli Stevenson, and a few others. Jim was an articulate, intelligent, and witty man who consciously created his own myth, then lived to regret it. He was rolling along, drunk much of the time, putting himself out there, pretty much letting life happen to him. In 1947, Morrison, then four years old, allegedly witnessed a car accident in the desert, where a family of Native Americans were injured and possibly killed. Morrison believed the incident to be the most formative event in his life. His relationship with him family was extremely weak. Once Morrison graduated from UCLA, he broke off most of his family contact. By the time Morrison's music made it to the top of the charts in 1967 he had not been in communication with his family for more than a year and lied, claimed that his parents and siblings were dead. His love life was centered around one girl, Pamela Courson. He cheated on he commonly with fans and other women. Courson and Morrison's relationship was a stormy one, however, with frequent loud arguments and periods of separation. The book presents responsibility as a major theme, telling of how Jim could never understand why everything he created turned out to harm him. He never was able to let himself believe what he did was his own fault. I really enjoyed this book, but it may only hold the interest of people who are very interested in Morrison's life. It is a bit disturbing in parts, and should not be read by the light hearted. I give this book and overall 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    Keep your eyes on the road.....

    Listened to the audio book twice - 15 cds - absolutely fascinating. I not only have rediscovered Jim Morrison and the music of The Doors, the book describes the late sixties music and cultural scene almost like a history lesson. I was a teenager in the late sixties and this book brought me back to not only the great music of The Doors but to the pain and torment of Jim Morrison's life - a life lived fast and furious. Such a talent and such a loss. Thank you Stephen Davis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    Truly Brilliant

    This book ranks as one of the best I have ever read. Davis painstakingly researched the life and times of the great poet, and it shows. Upon completion of this book, I felt like I knew Jim Morrison personally. A must-read for anyone in search of a timeless story about a true genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2005

    Amazing details

    I read this book so fast, its incredible. I'm a huge Jim Morrison fan already and I had so many questions on his life, this book answered them all. Just beware of the language, sometimes the author uses swears where they dont belong. I totally recommend this book.

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