The Five Best Poems Written by Jim Morrison

by Mick McStarkey
Credit: Elektra Records
Credit: Elektra Records

Formed in Los Angeles, in 1965 by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore, The Doors would rapidly rise to become one of the most iconic rock bands in history, and certainly one of the most fascinating.

Undoubtedly, their focal point was Morrison, a mysterious poet who espoused an otherworldly essence, and this mystique elevated his talent, allowing him to become one of the definitive heroes of the countercultural movement. In life and death, Morrison has been ascribed a demi-god-like status—a walking, talking embodiment of youthful revolt and sexual freedom.

Famously, Morrison developed an alter ego, and began to describe himself as "The Lizard King" when the band were recording their second album, 1967’s Strange Days. At the time, he had become obsessed with Native American folklore, and the ancient grandeur of America’s great deserts, which inspired him to create the mystique that rounded off the esoteric sounds of The Doors.


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