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Publisher Description

As the lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison’s searing poetic vision and voracious appetite for sexual, spiritual, and psychedelic experience inflamed the spirit and psyche of a generation. Since his mysterious death in 1971, millions more fans from a new generation have embraced his legacy, as layers of myth have gathered to enshroud the life, career, and true character of the man who was James Douglas Morrison.
In Jim Morrison, critically acclaimed journalist Stephen Davis, author of Hammer of the Gods, unmasks Morrison’s constructed personas of the Lizard King and Mr. Mojo Risin’ to reveal a man of fierce intelligence whose own destructive tendencies both fueled his creative ambitions and brought about his downfall. Gathered from dozens of original interviews and investigations of Morrison’s personal journals, Davis has assembled a vivid portrait of a misunderstood genius, tracing the arc of Morrison’s life from his troubled youth to his international stardom, when his drug and alcohol binges, tumultuous sexual affairs, and fractious personal relationships reached a frenzied peak. For the first time, Davis is able to reconstruct Morrison’s last days in Paris to solve one of the greatest mysteries in music history in a shocking final chapter.

Compelling and harrowing, intimate and revelatory, Jim Morrison is the definitive biography of the rock idol in snakeskin and leather who defined the 1960s.

Arts & Entertainment
June 17
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

corky261991 ,

Compelling and very addictive book to read

I love jim Morrison or anything that has to do with the doors my top favorite bands of all time

Prettyinmurdoc ,

Words can't describe...

For the true Jim Morrison or Doors fan, this a must read and you won't be disappointed. Its a very detailed, well written biography about everyone's favorite Lizard King<3

angiegere ,

ARE YOU JUST STUPID, MR DAVIS? That or clearly you think we are.

Was stopped dead in my tracks when the author
1. states that Arthur Rimbaud's "brief lifetime ended......in Ethiopia" (it was France). 2. implies his death had something to do with his activities, "as he was trading slaves and running guns to a rebel group." (he died if cancer). 3. writes that Rimbaud died "at age twenty-seven" (he was 37, you idiot).
That last one is a ridiculous grasp at making JM's death at 27 seem mystically preordained. Either the author is a moron, or he thinks we are. If he can't get basic, well-known facts correct, it makes his whole work highly suspect. Any Jim Morrison fan with an equal amount of the effort put into researching this bio could have written this book......from memory and more accurately. SHAME ON YOU, MR DAVIS for going for the rehash fast buck. What a rip-off you are. I would rate this book a zero if were possible to do so.

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