Patti Smith Explains the First Time That She Met the Doors Frontman Jim Morrison

by Tom Taylor
(Credit: Alamy / Horses)
(Credit: Alamy / Horses)

Very few musicians in history could be legitimately classed as poets. Patti Smith and Jim Morrison, however, are two of them in a very literal sense considering, of course, that both have seen poetry anthologies published.

Although some people criticise Morrison’s work as being rather juvenile, that is exactly why fans adore it in the first place. There are enough wistful Byronian odes to bluebells to allow for Morrison to hold up the more visceral ending of the poetic spectrum. Besides, that sort of verse pairs better with a searing riff.

Thus, in a very direct sense, there is a kinship between Smith and Morrison. But as the Godmother of Punk told CBS during a Q&A regarding her memoir Just Kids, the connection runs somewhat deeper than that.


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