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“Is everybody In? The Ceremony is about to begin.” – Jim Morrison.
During the turbulent 1960s, which could be considered a modern-times Renaissance, many people tried to change the world and change American conscience. Despite several efforts, only one man succeeded. Not only did he change Americans, but he turned the country upside down. The youth of America would have followed him to hell and back and done it with a smile on their faces. His Name was The Lizard King aka Jim Morrison.
“Jim Morrison Life, Death, Legend,” by Steven Davis (2004) sheds the myth of the Lizard King to reveal the man underneath. From his rioting concerts to witnessing the death of Indians in New Mexico as a child, (which stayed with him to his dying days), the book reveals facts few close to Morrison knew.
“Jim Morrison Life, Death, Legend” has no slow points. It’s always fast paced and action packed. Nothing less can be expected from a book about one of the most controversial artists of the ’60s.
Stephen Davis has written many books on musical groups, to include Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin. I had the misfortune of reading his book on Bob Marley. I found it bland and slow paced. But Davis definitely hit a home run with this one.
If you want a book that focuses more on the Morrison myths, this is definitely not for you. Davis only deals with the cold hard facts of the rock star’s life. He details Morrison’s life, his reclusive nature, his fascination with literature and over-the-top antics.
Despite the craziness, there are some sad points in the book. While reading, you can very clearly see Morrison’s drastic and tragic descent into alcoholism, which led to the implosion of The Doors and Morrison’s death one year after the break-up.
At some points in the book, it gets creepy. Throughout his life, Morrison had a fascination with death. One quote in particular was chilling.
When talking to his manager Bill Siddons’s girlfriend, Morrison said, “Well I made it to 25. Do think I’ll make it to 30?” He, of course, only made it to 27. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat like any Doors show would, but is definitely not for younger audiences.
At times Davis goes into detail about Morrison’s sex life. Nevertheless, the book is a very good companion for any Morrison fan.