In Paris's Père-Lachaise cemetery, Jim Morrison's graffiti-scrawled tombstone is a place of pilgrimage for local devotees, adolescent hedonists, and wayward backpackers alike. Found dead in his bathtub at only twenty-seven, having achieved worldwide stardom as lead singer of the Doors, Morrison was quickly immortalized among the rock and roll deities such as Hendrix and Joplin. In death, however, this debauched "rock poet" remained more stubbornly enigmatic than ever.
Who was the real Jim Morrison? Nihilist, egoist, shaman: he was a master of self-creation. A mosaic mythology of new-age hippie rhetoric, French poetry, and Nietszchean symbolism obscured a man trapped by the mythology that he had so carefully constructed around himself.
In this colorful and intimate biography, Dylan Jones strips bare the skintight leather suit of Jim Morrison's Lizard King persona, and offers a frank and honest appraisal of a much beloved and often-romanticized countercultural icon. Mr. Mojo is littered with little-known anecdotes from fellow stars, spurned lovers, and industry moguls. It is a refreshingly honest portrait of a self-indulgent artist with a penchant for pageantry and public self-destruction.
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About the Author
Dylan Jones is the award-winning editor of British GQ. He collaborated with David Cameron on the critically acclaimed Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones. In 2013, he was awarded an OBE for services to publishing and the fashion industry.
Table of Contents
1 The Ghosts of Père-Lachaise 9
2 The New Californians 21
3 Dressing Up for Strange Days 59
4 Dance On Fire 81
5 Aping the Changeling 103
6 Wasting the Dawn 141
7 Père-Lachaise Redux 169