Book: Reviving Jim Morrison by George Thomas Clarkcategories: Book, The Doors, Music, Paris, Rock and Roll, Death, Alcoholism, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, John Densmore, Pamela Courson, Jim Morrison
George Thomas Clarkabout this book: I became a fan of Jim Morrison and The Doors soon after the launch of their eponymous first album and their still-legendary hit "Light My Fire." Morrison as the lead singer stood in the spotlight not only on stage but in the media that featured his stunning good looks, articulate interviews and philosophical discussions, and, ominously, his wild drunkenness and substance abuse. People who knew or encountered Jim Morrison not infrequently commented, "He either slows down or he's not going to live long." Sadly, that proved to be the case as he died in Paris at age 27 in 1971. Forty years later, I decided to write a series of six stories about Morrison and present the points of view of those involved in his life and in one case a fictional psychiatrist who, using the historical information about the singer's mental problems, might have been able to help. The book begins with Jim's father, Admiral Steve Morrison, the youngest admiral in the U.S. Navy, colliding with rebellious Jim over issues of behavior, discipline, and preparing himself to earn a proper living, which the admiral harshly stated could not possibly come from rock and roll. Jim Morrison himself offers three only-slightly-fictionalized accounts of his post-UCLA emergence as a songwriter and performer, his tragic emotional explosion while drunk on stage in Miami in 1969 when he was accused of indecent exposure, and his desperate attempt to change his life by moving to Paris and becoming a poet. That didn't help. His already frightening abuse of alcohol and other drugs worsened. That's when we meet the psychiatrist who Jim never met, and he tries to save Morrison from himself. The book concludes with a story by his equally disturbed girlfriend Pamela Courson. This book is a quick read at 22 pages and will interest fans of Jim Morrison and The Doors as well as those who love music and want to learn about the creativity and torment of one of the most gifted musical artists of his era.
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