If Jim Morrison were alive today he'd be 70. How old and unimaginably distant must that age must have seemed in 1965? The year a young film undergraduate formed a band called The Doors, with fellow student Ray Manzarek and local L.A. musicians John Densmore and Robby Krieger. In 1965 the average life expectancy of an American man was 68. Jim lived to be just 27.
The idea of our rock and pop stars still performing past pensionable age is no longer laughable. Bob Dylan averages 100 gigs a year at 72, with albums and artworks pouring out of him to ever increasing acclaim. Sir Paul McCartney is similarly fruitful, just a year below. And at 69 Mick Jagger lithely fronted a triumphant Rolling Stones at Glastonbury. All three show no signs of stopping, though they've some way to go to beat Little Richard who just celebrated his 81st birthday—still rocking.
It's not beyond reason to think that Jim might still have been a musical force in the world, had he not left us on July 3rd, 1971.Continue reading