You could say it's an accident that I was ideally suited
for the work I am doing. It's the feeling of a bowstring
being pulled back for 22 years and suddenly being let go.
I am primarily an American, second, a Californian, third,
a Los Angeles resident. I've always been attracted to
ideas that were about revolt against authority. I like
ideas about the breaking away or overthrowing of
established order. I am interested in anything about
revolt, disorder, chaos--especially activity that seems to
have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward
freedom--external revolt is a way to bring about internal
freedom. Rather than starting inside, I start
outside--reach the mental through the physical. I am a
Sagittarian--if astrology has anything to do with it--the
Centaur--the Archer--the Hunt--But the main thing is that
we are The Doors.
from the West. The whole thing is like an invitation to
sunset - This is the end
The night - The sea
world we suggest is of a new wild west. A sensuous evil
world. Strange and haunting, the path of the sun, you
know? Toward the end. At least for our first album.
We're all centered around the end of the zodiac. The
Pacific - violence and peace - the way between young and
FULL REAL NAME:
James Douglas Morrison
BIRTH DATE & PLACE:
December 8, 1943,
Melbourne, Florida, USA
PERSONAL DATA (Height, weight, and coloring):
brown hair, blue-gray eyes
FAMILY INFO (Names of parents, brothers, and sisters):
HOME INFO (Where located and description):
Laurel Canyon, L.A. -
nice at night
St. Petersburg Junior
College, Florida State Univ., UCLA
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED/PART SUNG:
FAVORITE SINGING GROUPS:
Beach Boys, Kinks, Love
Jack Palance, Sarah
WHAT LOOKED FOR IN A GIRL:
Hair, eyes, voice, walk
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO ON A DATE?:
Taken from the original Elektra Records
Morrison was handsome with a gentle, innocent look. His
genuinely shy manner and soft, quiet voice was in direct
contrast to the always drunk and/or stoned satyr who sang
with such strident urgency, as he appeared onstage. Jim's
grade school ambition was to become a writer. His idols
were poets and joumalists including Rimbaud, Keats and
As a student Jim excelled in text work and reference work,
devouring knowledge in areas of history, science,
psychology, english and the arts, but was troublesome in
class. He learned to make friends fast and not get too
close as his father being an Admiral in the navy and a
career man, moved around the country frequently.
Jim went on to get a degree in Cinematography and actually
made a movie. The film was greeted by a minority as a
masterpiece and by several professors as the worst film
they had ever seen. "Wierd" would have been a
more appropriate description. Not long after that he
bumped into an old class mate, Ray Manzerak, and decided
to join Ray's band 'Screamin ' Ray Daniels ' - and try out
some of his Iyrics. After a reshuffle in the band Ray and
Jim with Robbie Krieger and John Densmore formed The
They called themselves The Doors after Aldous Huxley's
'The Doors Of Perception' and worked for six months ending
up at the most important rock club in Los Angeles, Wiskey
a Go Go. By this time Jim was singing his own heady
material and The Doors were fast gaining a loyal core of
fans.One night Electra Record Company's president Jac
Holzman, and producer Paul Rothschild, dropped in at the
club and signed the band, on the spot, for ten thousand
dollars. That summer of 1967 their first album 'The Doors'
was released and immediately hailed as a masterpiece.
'Light My Fire' the single off the album was a smash hit.
Their next album 'Strange Days ' solidified The Doors '
success. -With two albums in the top ten, headline
concerts causing riots and hit singles, Jim achieved his
aim of becoming hero and controversial spokesman, blending
poetry and insanity.
The Doors became myth makers, the group who sang about
sex, doom, the revolution and death, and Jim a performer
of enormous capabilities. With his picture on the cover of
practically all teen magazines in America, and heralded
'The King of Acid Rock', 'The King of Orgasmic Rock ',
'The Ultimate Barbie Doll ' and 'The Lizard King' Jim was
every girl's dream and every boy's self image.
Jim was becoming notorious for his drug taking, taking and
fast living and by the time The Doors third album 'Waiting
For The Sun' came out, his popularity had begun to wane as
his fans watched him become drunker and fatter.
Arrests after The Doors' Miami concert of March 2nd 1969
for "lewd and lascivious behaviour" sparked a
nation wide ban on the group, resulting in exclusion from
16 states, and Jim began to rebel against the image he had
created, shedding his leathers in fear of another bust.
Twelve previous arrests had not left their mark, but this
was the first time his arrest had serious repercussions.
Their next album 'The Soft Parade'released in the summer
of 1969 did not make the impact of the earlier albums and
although 'Morrison Hotel' released in early 1970 redeemed
them somewhat, the future of The Doors was at best,
Jim was not unaware of his own absurdity and the Iyrics of
'Absolutely Live' (1970) belie his disillusionment ....
"Dead cat in a top hat, Thinks he's an aristocrat
That's crap" With the finish of the bluesy and
intermittently successful album 'L.A. Woman', Morrison
headed for Paris. He was probably looking for renewed
inspiration in the birth place of French symbolist poetry
So Jim met his partner Pamela in Paris and his restless
soul finally found peace when he died in his bath tub on
July 3rd, 1971. Speculations as to the cause of his death
abound and their are some who even proclaim that he is
Before he went to France he had recorded a legacy to Doors
fans and the world at large with some of his poetry.
In 1978 the remaining Doors' members, Ray Manzerak, Robbie
Krieger and John Densmore got together and put his poetry
to music for the latest album 'An American Prayer' In it
Jim seems to be prophesing his own death and welcoming it,
through lines such as:
"Death makes angels of us all & gives us wings
Where we had shoulders smooth as raven's claws
No more money, no more fancy dress
This other Kingdom seems by far the best
until its other jaw reveals incest
& loose obedience to a vegetable law
I will not go
Prefer a Feast of Friends
To the Giant Family. "
Jim was buried July 8, 1971 at Pere-Lachaise cemetary in
Paris, France. Pere-Lachaise is one of Paris' oldest, most
prestigious cemetaries. Many famous people are buried here
including, Chopin and Oscar Wilde. Jim's plot was
originally leased for a thirty year period, due to expire
in 2001. This has fueled the rumour that his body is going
to be removed from Pere-Lachaise during that year. This is
because the relatives of the deceased at Pere-Lachaise
have petitioned to have his body removed. The reason given
is that many people who call themselves fans have
desecrated tombs and headstones with graffiti and left
behind much litter after visiting the cemetary. It is not
known where Jim is to be moved to, but the popular rumour
is that he will be moved to Los Angeles.
Pamela Susan Courson Morrison died April 25, 1974 in her
Hollywood apartment of a heroin overdose. Pamela's parents
originally intended to have her buried with Jim at
Pere-Lachaise cemetary. Pamela's father listed Pere
LaChaise as the burial place on her death certificate.
However, due to the enormous red- tape involved in
transporting a body to a foreign country for burial,
herparents had her cremated remains buried at Fairhaven
Memorial Park in Santa Ana, California.
a hero has been born or passed back into the void, the
place is marked and sanctified. A temple is erected there
to signify and inspire the miracle of perfect
centeredness; for this is the place of the breakthrough.
Someone at this point discovered eternity. The site can
serve, therefore, as a support for fruitful
meditation...the shrine or alter at the center being
symbolical of the Inexhaustible Point. The one who enters
the temple and proceeds to the sanctuary is imitating the
deeds of the original hero. [Joseph Campbell from The
Hero With a Thousand Faces.]