Jim Morrison reads poetry in an airplane.
The Jim Morrison Project is an audio & visual anthology detailing the life of Jim Morrison through his poetry, film work, artwork, spoken word & music with The Doors. The Jim Morrison Project was originally launched on July 3, 2011, in memory of the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison's death, and will now be relaunched in celebration of his 70th birthday on December 8, 2013. Even in death, Jim Morrison's legacy lives on.
On July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison dies in Paris, France. The fact that he reaches the age of 27 is a miracle in itself, considering the amount of alcohol and drugs he takes. In 1966, young Jim studies film at UCLA and bumps into keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. The Doors are born. Early success changes into dismay. Morrison often performs drunk and turning his back to the audience. The self-proclaimed 'Lizard King' lives his dream. On TV, Morrison disregards host Ed Sullivan and blatantly sings 'higher' in the track 'Light My Fire'. Later on he apparently shows his genitals while performing 'Touch Me' in Florida. And the list goes on and on.
It's hard to believe but it was 43 years ago today that Jim Morrison died under mysterious circumstances in Paris, France. The Doors' frontman, one of the great characters in rock and roll history, was only 27.
The Doors are mandatory listening for anyone who is serious about being a student of American rock and roll. I worked as an overnight DJ at a classic rock station and it's there I learned more Doors songs than "Hello I Love You" and "Light My Fire." There's nothing wrong with those songs but it wasn't until I first played "Roadhouse Blues" at midnight on a Friday night or heard "Riders On The Storm" at 3 a.m. on a Saturday that I began to appreciate the breadth of The Doors and through the years that followed I began delving deeper into their discography. I never became as big a fan of the band as I did of others I knew before or learned of during my stint in radio, but my appreciation for them grew and as I said, you can't tell the story of rock's evolution without pausing to discuss and listen to them.
Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Jim Morrison's death. On July 3, 1971, the life-spirit floated out of the body of the charismatic and controversial lead singer of The Doors as he floated in a bathtub in an apartment in Paris, France. Morrison allegedly died from natural causes—yet some are convinced it was a drug overdose (others believe he never died at all)—at the age of 27. We'll never know for sure because no autopsy was performed on Morrison's corpse, as the French coroner found no evidence of foul play.
Morrison may have died in Europe, but he was as American as anyone ever has been—soaring to the heights, falling to the depths, riddled with contradictions. For some, he's the true "godfather of punk," for others a bloated self-parody who fed off his own ego. He came from a military family yet is a symbol of counterculture rebellion. He mocked hippies in the sinister song "Five to One," at the same time anyone over the age of 30 likely regarded Morrison as the ultimate "hippie-freak" with his faraway stare, curly Dionysian locks and acid-soaked lyrics summoning death, disappointment and mythological excess.
The Doors On The Road
by Greg Shaw provides a comprehensive timeline of live performances, reviews of the shows, stage antics of the performers, gossip related to the events, and recording sessions.
There were all these little rooms backstage, see, and i was talking to a girl in one of the rooms—it was actually a shower room, I guess. Then this cop came in and stared hassling me and sprayed some gas in my eyes—it blinds you temporarily—and finally someone told him that I was with The Doors and was supposed to be there, or something like that. The cop let me go. Later, when i was onstage, i was singing "Back Door Man" and in the middle I started telling the crowd what had happened backstage.