The Afterlife of Jim Morrison

by Sharon Waxman

PARIS, DEC. 8 — As long as I got breath, the death of rock
Is the death of me
➖Jim Morrison

Gently they stir, gently rise
The dead are newborn awakening
With ravaged limbs and wet souls
➖Jim Morrison

Two different Jim Morrisons turned 50 here today.

There was Jim Morrison the lead singer of the Doors—the rebel, the alcoholic, the self-absorbed exhibitionist who died in a drunken stupor at age 27. His followers, those who worship him as an everlasting symbol of reckless, youthful excess, came to his graveside to drink and smoke and reminisce about a man they never knew.


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