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The 1960s were a turbulent time full of war protests and countercultures. In addition, that decade also produced many unforgettable rock front men that questioned not only the American government, but also society.
Jim Morrison of The Doors is perhaps the most controversial of these bold singers. In honor of Morrison’s birthday on Dec. 8, 1943, it is essential to pay respects to the man that defined an entire generation with his stage antics and lyrics.
From the beginning of his career, Morrison was able to command audiences with his ability turn his poetry into stunning epics.
“The Doors” formed in 1965, and by the time 1970 came along, a combination of touring, recording and Morrison’s constant drug and alcohol abuse threatened to destroy the Los Angeles band.
Following the widely unsuccessful release of their fourth studio album “The Soft Parade,” which relied heavily on horns and over-produced tracks, “The Doors” found themselves at the end of their career. Released Feb. 1 1970, “Morrison Hotel” breathed life back into the band, while warning that their best was yet to come.
Morrison somehow found a way to come out of his drug-induced haze to write some of the best lyrics of his career.
“Waiting For The Sun” captures Morrison’s ability to make some of the most memorable and vivid lyrics in music history: “This is the strangest life I have ever known. Can you feel it now that spring has come.”
The production of “Morrison Hotel” was done very well, as there is not one bad song on the album. It differs from previous efforts because The Doors go back to their harder rock, L.A. club days, while experimenting with heavy influences from the blues genre. Morrison’s “Five to One” and “When The Music’s Over” days of controversy were almost done by the time “Morrison Hotel” came out.
He had tired of the fame and was looking for a way out of the music industry and the famous life he had formed.
In 1971, Morrison decided that he had enough. After the release of “L.A. Woman” that year — and considered to be “The Doors” crowning achievement — Morrison left band and moved to Paris, where he died a short time later.
Although he has been dead for 41 years, The Lizard King’s memory will always live on in his music and the new artists he continues to inspire.