Why Did Jim Morrison Lie About His Parents Being Dead?

by Joe Taysom
(Credit: Alamy)
(Credit: Alamy)

The story of Jim Morrison remains coated in both tragedy and mystery. On the one hand, the sweet music he made with The Doors was lightyears ahead of its time and would play a crucial role in shaping music’s future. While there are no question marks over his talent, his personal life, on the other hand, is soaked in irregularity and question marks remain over who Jim Morrison really was.

Morrison was a pioneer that never stopped thinking about what was going to be ‘the big next thing’, feverishly pushing against the idea of resting on his laurels. With that in mind, it remains a tragedy that the singer passed away aged just 27 in 1971. The Doors frontman’s cruel death prevented the chance for him to have had a career that no doubt would have the definition of trailblazing. Morrison died in Paris, and the site of his grave remains one of the most visited tourist attractions in the French capital. It’s a perfect summarisation of his semi-nomadic lifestyle and his refusal to be tied down to one place.

The frontman’s father, George Morrison, who passed away in 2008, was in the Navy, which meant that his childhood saw him move from state to state. Morrison became accustomed to this never-ending journey and never settling down in one place for any significant length of time. Following his death, his family finally spoke up about his early years, a subject that the singer never touched upon and, at times, even pretended that his parents were no longer alive.


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