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The opening line of Mick Wall’s biography about The Doors begins with singer Jim Morrison’s sordid end. But it’s not the ending readers have been conditioned to remember.

Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre, is a smooth, snarky, sarcastic and pull-no-punches look at a late 1960s rock ’n’ roll band that produced memorable hits like “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me” and “Hello, I Love You.” And “The End,” a haunting dirge that was used to great effect to open the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

Wall, a veteran rock critic from England who has written biographies of Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Axl Rose, opens his book with Morrison’s death. The original story was that Morrison had died of a heart attack in his bathtub on July 3, 1971. Wall argues, Morrison died of a heroin overdose while sitting on the toilet in the Rock and Roll Circus, a seedy Paris nightclub. He was 27.

D'Angelo, B. (2015, October 11). Breaking on through the legend of the Doors. Retrieved from

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Jim Morrison by Stephan Beauvais

Jim Morrison Project

The Jim Morrison Project is an audio & visual anthology detailing the life of Jim Morrison through his poetry, films, art, spoken word & music with The Doors.